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Monk parakeet: character and breeding

Monk parakeet: character and breeding


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Monk parakeet: character, feeding, breeding, cage or hand rearing, price and where to find it in kind.

Among the domestic parrots, themonk parakeetit is undoubtedly among the most popular. Its popularity has had an impact on various ecosystems: although it is native to South America, it is currently considered an invasive alien species in many European countries including Italy. In Molfetta (Bari) and in many other coastal locations, there are very dense colonies that nest and show a high ability to adapt to our habitat. Even today, experts try to understand the impact that this "alien species" will have on the native fauna.

Monk parakeet

Its scientific name isMyiopsitta monachus, also known as a parrotQuaker. It has a bright green body, the forehead and the chest are pale gray with darker scallops, it has a yellowish abdomen that flows into a lower part with light green plumage.

The flight feathers aredark blueand the tail appears long and tapered. The beak is orange.

Dimensions: it is 29 cm long on average with a wingspan of 48 cm. It weighs an average of 110 - 120 grams. Females tend to be smaller than the male.

Although this is the description of the speciesMyiopsitta monachus, you should know that domestic breeds of different colors have been produced with targeted crosses. This is how you can find ablue monk parakeet, yellow or white. In practice, the main green plumage, crossing after crossing, is selected in blue, white or yellow color. These birds generally tend to be more fragile than the classic monk parakeet, because, crossing after crossing, selection after selection, other genetic characteristics that could make themonk parrotless long-lived.

Myiopsitta monachus

In nature there are several subspecies ofmonk parakeetwhich have specific adaptations according to the countries of origin. In Argentina there is a subspecies (Myiopsitta monachus monachus) with greater and larger tonnage than the classic monk parakeet.

In Bolivia there is the subspecies Myiopsitta monachus calita which has a smaller body but with wingsbluemore prominent and with a darker gray head. This bird features more vibrant body colors.

The subspeciesMyiopsitta monachus cotorra which lives in Brazil and throughout Paraguay, it looks like the calita subspecies but with a less lively yellow plumage and brighter green plumage.

The monk parakeet would seem to be among the exotic birds that have best entered our territory.

Monk parakeet: reproduction

Even if in captivity and inbreedingit is treated as a solitary bird or to be reared in pairs, in nature it is a gregarious bird. Therereproduction, in nature, it often occurs in colonies where several specimens build a huge nest with several separate entrances: a real spectacle when you consider that the nest takes the size of a small car! Furthermore, these large nests can attract other "tenants" such as small birds of prey and even mammals.

Each nest accommodates from 5 to 12 white eggs that hatch following a 24-day incubation.

Therebreeding in captivityit's possible. To determine the sex and create some pairs, more than the size, one should use the DNA test.

Monk parakeet: character

They are very intelligent and sociable birds. It is affectionate but territorial towards other species, therefore to be introduced with caution in a community aviary.

It is a very noisy parrot, it can learn to speak quite well and is inclined to train by hand. When hand reared, imonk parakeetsthey become particularly affectionate and docile. It is no coincidence that, “on this Amazon page” you will find collars formonk parakeetssuitable for hand breeding. If you buy a caged specimen, with a little patience and daily care, you can start raising it by hand.

Talking monk parakeet

Themonk parakeet speaks?Yes, they are very intelligent birds that can develop a good vocabulary and can memorize dozens of complex words and phrases. This bird learns to speak cold and is therefore one of the favorite talking parrots.

Monk parakeet: how long does it live?

In the wild it can live up to 25-30 years but life expectancy in captivity is far lower.

Monk parakeet: feeding

Its diet is based on fruit and vegetables. Among the fruit: cherries, apples, apricots, pears, oranges, pomegranates, coconut, kiwi, mango, strawberries and pineapple. Among the vegetables that can be served: asparagus, peas, peppers, carrots, corn, lettuce, pumpkin, beets, broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes and cabbage. Occasionally it can also be fed with seeds.

There are extruded foods on the market that are very useful inbreedingin captivity of themonk parakeets.

Monk parakeet: price

Thepriceit really depends on the selections and the dealer. I have seenmonk parakeetsoffered for € 50 but also for € 130, some selections can exceed € 190.


Video: Mochi The Quaker Parrot. Monk Parakeet Taking A Bath (June 2022).


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