Monk Parakeet

Scientific Name: Myiopsitta monachus

Malay Name: Bayan-Ranting Biasa

Chinese Name: 灰胸鹦哥

Range: Resident in southeastern South America but widely introduced in many countries.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: cotorra, monachus, calita.

Size: 29 cm

Identification: Distinct from other resident and introduced parrot species. Green overall, with grey face, throat, and breast.

Habitat: Found in urban and open habitats in introduced range.

Behaviour/Ecology: Builds large stick nests, does not nest in cavities unlike other parrot species. Nests in tall trees or artificial structures, individuals in Singapore have been observed nesting on stadium lights.

Local Status: Uncommon introduced resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

Location: Pasir Ris, Changi.


BirdLife International. (2018). Myiopsitta monachus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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