We’re off to the rainforest of Central and South America today to meet the little parakeet that could. These brightly colored birds are so adorable. Are you ready to meet them?


   Range/Habitat: Central-South America/ rainforests, grasslands, suburbs

   Diet: Herbivore: seeds, fruits, berries

   Length/Weight: 11 ½”/ 4 oz

  Conservation Status: common





Fun Facts:

  • Monk parakeets are also known as the Quaker parrot.
  • They have long green tails and gray/white faces.
  • Monk parakeets are highly intelligent and social.
  • They build colonies of nests.
  • Monk parakeets build their nests next to or on top of each other, creating one large structure.
  • They have been introduced in many other places, where they are expanding their numbers.

Monk parakeets are adorable! They now live in the US as far as the Northeast. While they are cute, they can out-compete native birds for space and food. It’s very important for bird owners to know it is never a good idea to release their pets into the wild, because they can take over. Monk parakeets are now banned in many states because of this problem.


Categories: adventure, Animals, birds, Children, education, Environment, nature, rainforests, science, wildlife | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “FEATHERY FRIDAY # 41

  1. The Parakeet is a native in Australia, and is a much loved bird here. It is such a shame when animals of all kinds find themselves in foreign grounds. It not only hurts the environment that is not acceptable to their needs, it is also not acceptable to those animals within that environment that are possibly deprived of their needs… Nature does know best and has been long developing the synergy necessary for balanced living for all creatures. In one moment, man can and does upset this balance with his ignorance, and/or lack of empathy.
    What beautiful creatures they are…. 🙂

  2. If they are banned, what happens to them? 😦

    • It just means that can not be sold in those states. We’re sure people have them, but we’re pretty sure it is not enforced in most places. That is often run by the Dept of Agriculture in each state & they don’t have the man power to do much enforcing if you already own a parrot. It’s more about the sale & trade of the birds in that state.

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