Alternative name Quaker Parrot
- Myiopsitta monachus
Includes Cliff Parakeet
L. 29 cm
Ws. 48 cm
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
It is the only member of the genus Myiopsitta. There are four subspecies:
- M. m. cotorra:
- M. m. monachus:
- 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.
- 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
- Birdforum thread discussing the potential split of Cliff Parakeet
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Monk Parakeet. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 19 June 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Monk_Parakeet