Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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Fairly small parakeet with a long, pointed tail, a large head, and a hooked bill. Green overall with a gray face and breast. Note the pale pink bill.

Monk Parakeets are recognizable by their gray head and breast and the lack of other prominent patches of color on the head.

Long-tailed and big headed. In flight, note the blue underwings, which can appear pale blue depending on lighting.

Noisy and social bird almost always seen in groups. Note pale gray breast and face and pink bill.

In its native range in South America, found in dry savannas with scattered trees.

In the U.S. found in urban and suburban settings, where they feed on ornamental fruit trees and often build stick nests on human structures such as power transformers.

Recommended Citation

Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: