Thursday, 10 May 2012

Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)

OTHER NAMES: Quaker Parrot
Latin Etymology: Myiopsitta ("mouse parrot") monachus ("monk" ie. "hooded")
  Adult Monk Parakeet (unknown subspecies) at Madrid, Spain - June 2015

Local Name (Spain): Cata Aliazul
Weight: 90-139g
Length: 28-30cm
Wingspan: 48-53cm
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Monk Parakeet is a second species of parrot to establish itself in the UK, however, it has not established itself to anywhere near the degree of the Rose-ringed Parakeet.  It is found in a small number of locations around the London area with the one particular colony I'm aware of being at Mudchute farm.  To my knowledge, they haven't spread much.  They are however, soon to be subject to a removal program on the grounds of potential damage to infrastructure, native species and crops so if you wish to see them best to go looking soon.  In Spain however, they are locally abundant - in Madrid they are one of the most common birds seen on a day to day basis.

Related Species:
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Myiopsitta
Subspecies: M. m. cotorra, M. m. monachus, M. m. calita, M. m. luchsi

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A very small but self sustaining feral population (50 birds)
 - A few birds seen at Muchute Farm in May 2012.
SPAIN - Locally abundant resident.
 - MADRID 2015 TRIP: Seen daily in park areas of Madrid.
 - MADRID 2016 TRIP: Seen over El Pardo.

Further Notes: ArkiveBirdForum OpusBirdGuidesIUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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