The Monk Parakeet
By: Lindsey Frontjes
The Monk parakeet or Quaker parrot surprisingly is an introduced species. Their Scientific name is Myiopsitta monachus. They are the only parrot that builds stick nests in trees! They are an introduced species because they are agricultural pests they destroy the crops. Did you know that the monk parakeet is a VERY smart bird; they are quick to learn how to talk. Monk parakeets can even say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
The Monk parakeet is found naturally in South America. The climate in South America is temperate/subtropical. The landscape is savannahs and woodlands, but the monk parakeet can also live in houses as pets. The parakeets eat seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, blossoms, and insect larvae.
The Monk Parakeet is a very smart bird and it acts like a human. It is Green overall, 29 in, has a gray forehead, cheeks, lores, throat, belly, and lower back, its rump is yellow. Its life style is either to live in a stick nest in a tree, and get food and just live. Or it lives in a little cage in someone’s house and is taken good care of and doesn’t need to get its own food. Also it could live as an agricultural pest and destroy lots of people’s crops and other food.
The monk parakeet is now in the U.S.A. This is because it was naturally brought for pet use but then it was set free because of accidental escapes and deliberate releases of the parakeets into the actual world and the parakeet now has built nests and already destroyed some crops. But the climate in the U.S.A is everything but most of it is temperate which makes it easy for the parrot to adapt to the landscape and features.
In the U.S.A the parrot causes lots of harm such as harming the agriculture it eats the crops and kills them. Their main target is cereal and orchard crops. It also can kill native species such as a native plant or it can kill a crop that the crop helps other native species which then with the parrot killing that plant it will also kill the native species. The parrot can also irritate some people. Some people like to have them as pets and teach the parrot’s tricks and how to speak. Other people want them dead either because the parrots have been killing there crops or just bugging them.
Scientists aren’t really taking the monk parakeet’s threat into consideration. The only thing they try to push humans to do is when they see a monk parakeets nest TAKE IT DOWN. Also if you are a pet owner they strongly recommended you keep your parrot indoors at ALL times, make sure there is no way it can escape cause once it escapes there’s no way you can really stop it.
I don’t think that anyone should get so worried about the Monk parakeets threat. There are a lot of other things that are causing more destructive damage. The parakeets are very cute animals and only cause the threat of agriculture because it’s their way of life.