Monk Parakeet

Scientific Name: Myiopsitta monachus
Malay Name: Bayan-Ranting Biasa
Chinese Name: 灰胸鹦哥

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

Polytypic. Subspecies are: cotorra, monachus, calita.

Size: 29 cm

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.

Location: Pasir Ris, Changi.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Monk Parakeet)

BirdLife International. (2018). Myiopsitta monachus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021