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Monk Parakeet - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name Quaker Parrot

Photo © by BirdsPeru
Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2005
Myiopsitta monachus

Includes Cliff Parakeet


Photo © by Zackiedawg
Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 20 March 2021

L. 29 cm
Ws. 48 cm
Weight 100g
Females tend to be 10-20% smaller.

  • Bright green upperparts
  • Pale grey forehead and breast
  • Light greenish-yellow underparts
  • Dark blue flight feathers
  • Long tapered tail
  • Orange bill
Photo © by barrancoalto
Fazenda Barranco Alto, Pantanal, Brazil, September 2004


South America: found in Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.

Feral populations are located across the United States and in several places in Europe.


Communal Nest
Photo © by BirdsPeru
Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2005

It is the only member of the genus Myiopsitta. There are four subspecies[1]:

  • M. m. cotorra:
  • M. m. monachus:
  • South-eastern Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul), Uruguay and north-eastern Argentina
  • M. m. calita:
  • Western Argentina (Salta to western Córdoba, Mendoza and La Pampa)
  • M. m. luchsi: sometimes split as Cliff Parakeet
  • Xeric intermontane valleys of central Bolivia


Bushes and trees in city parks.




The diet includes seeds and maize crops.


It builds a stick nest, in a tree or on a man-made structure. It often breeds colonially, building a single large nest, each pair having its own entrance. The clutch consists of 5-12 eggs which is incubated for about 24 days. M. m. luchsi differs in building nest colonies around bromeliads situated on steep cliff sides, even when more typical nest sites are available locally.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Birdloversonline
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Birdforum thread discussing the potential split of Cliff Parakeet

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