Monk Parakeet
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Myiopsitta
Species: Myipsitta monachus

The monk parakeet (myiopsitta monachus) is a small-medium sized parrot.

Description Edit

It is 29 cm long and has a wingspan of 48 cm. Upperparts are bright green, underparts are white-gray, wingtips are blue and the bill is orange. The tail is long. The front is white-gray. Eyes are black and feets are dark gray. Domestic breeds in colors other than the natural plumage have been produced. These include birds with white, blue, and yellow in place of green. As such coloration provides less camouflage, feral birds are usually of wild-type coloration.

Behavior Edit

The monk parakeet feeds mainly on fruits and seeds. It is a very intelligent bird. It is gregarious and often nests in colonies, making big, stick nests on trees. It is a very noisy bird: its call is a loud chape(-yee) or quak quaki quak-wi quarr, and screeches skveet.

Distribution and habitat Edit

The monk parakeet comes from South American forests, but, like the rose-ringed parakeet, it was introduced in Europe, Asia and North America. In many cities in this continents it is possible to find wild colonies of feral parrots, who escaped from captivities and reproduced in parks and gardens, in particular in Spanish cities, like Barcelona. It is a very common and playful pet.

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