Monk Parakeet

About the Monk Parakeet

Also known as: Quaker Parakeet, Gray-headed Parakeet

The Monk Parakeet, also known as the Quaker Parrot, is a species of parrot that originates in the temperate areas of Argentina and Brazil in South America.

It is the only parrot that builds a stick nest, in a tree or on a man-made structure, rather than using a hole in a tree. Monk Parakeets often breed colonially, building a single large nest with separate entrances for each pair. In the wild, the colonies can become quite large, with pairs occupying separate 'apartments' in nests that can reach the size of a small car. Their 5-12 eggs hatch in about 24 days.

The Monk Parakeet was brought to the United States in the late 1960s as a pet. Many escaped or were intentionally released, and populations were allowed to proliferate. By the early 1970s, it was established in seven states, and by 1995 it had spread to eight more. There are now thought to be approximately 100,000 in Florida alone.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 August 2007
Scientific Name
Myiopsitta monachus
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Myiopsitta
  • M. monachus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
11.4 inches
3.5 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Caturrita
Chinese (汉语) 灰胸鹦哥
Czech (Cesky) Papoušek Mniší
Danish (Dansk) Munkeparakit
Dutch (Nederlands) Monniksparkiet
Finnish (Suomi) Munkkiarati
French (Français) Conure Veuve
German (Deutsch) Mönchssittich
Italian (Italiano) Parrocchetto Monaco
Japanese (日本語) オキナインコ (Okinainko)
Norwegian (Norsk) Munkeparakitt
Polish (Polski) Mnicha Nizinna
Russian (русский язык) Попугай-монах
Spanish (Español) Cotorra Argentina
Swedish (Svenska) Munkparakit
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