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Monk Parakeet

Myiopsitta monachus ORDER: PSITTACIFORMES FAMILY: PSITTACIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

It may come as a surprise to see noisy, green-and-gray parrots racing through cities in the U.S. But Monk Parakeets, native to South America but long popular in the pet trade, established wild populations here in the 1960s. They are the only parrots to nest communally; dozens live together year-round in large, multifamily stick nests built in trees and on power poles. These large group nests may be one aid to surviving the cold winters in adopted cities as far north as Chicago and New York.

Calls

  • Calls
     
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Monk Parakeets are very noisy animals with a vocabulary that consists of at least eleven types of calls. Their most characteristic sound is a chatter of short notes that they give while perched or at their nest. Birds in flight make a loud squawking, with many calling at once. Monk Parakeets kept in captivity can learn to mimic human speech.

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