Monk Parakeet, Myiopsitta monachus

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Short description of Myiopsitta monachus, Monk Parakeet

Monk parakeet is a noisy, long-tailed, long-winged parrot, smaller than ring-necked parakeet but larger than budgerigar – mainly bright green, with pale ash-grey forecrown, face and breast. The flight feathers of the wing are dark blue, the bill orange and the feet pinkish-grey.

Description of Myiopsitta monachus, Monk Parakeet status in GB

This popular cagebird has formed a few small wild-living colonies in England, but is not presently considered self-sustaining in GB.  It is currently the subject of active control measures.

Habitat summary: Myiopsitta monachus, Monk Parakeet

There are isolated breeding colonies in London and Hertfordshire, but individuals might be met with elsewhere – especially if a potential source of escapes is nearby. In its natural range the species is able to nest in young woodland, including eucalyptus plantations, where it can avoid competition with hole-nesting parrot species, which mostly require the presence of large, old trees. Introduced populations have thrived in urban areas.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Brazil, Argentina Distrito Federal, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: New Forest
Date of first record: 1899

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

October 2nd 2019

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