Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)

Please see the Monk Parakeet section at MaghrebOrnitho.


  1. Dear friends, but, breeding is confirmed in Melilla? Or only nest building?

    With the best wishes,


    1. Hi Juan Carlos,

      They are just started to build their nests “3 parejas construyendo un nido comunitario en Eucaliptus sp.” But these birds are expanding very fast if not controlled earlier.


  2. AppareApparently this species native to my country is expanding worldwide, including in the area where I live, the Pampas ecoregion would not be native, although today it is very common for exotic afforestation, primarily the eucalyptus tree very common in agriculture and livestock fields, used for its large size and rapid growth to shade the animals and for timber. In this species make their nests high up and the crops that are near the feeds them, this combination makes becoming a pest.
    Unfortunately in some places in the northern hemisphere has been introduced and has become a pest. In Morocco appear to be in time to prevent this from happening, hopefully not pass Melilla. Here in Buenos Aires introduced 25 years ago the European starling, not controlled and today lives up to around 400 km, where I live 100 miles from where it was released and I saw flocks of hundreds this year, made ​​only 2 years was almost impossible to see one of them.

    Al parecer esta especie oriunda de mi país se está expandiendo en todo el mundo, incluso en la zona donde vivo, la ecoregión de las pampas, no sería nativa, aunque hoy es muy común por las forestaciones exóticas, fundamentalmente los eucalyptus, árbol muy frecuente en campos agrícolas y ganaderos, utilizado por su gran tamaño y crecimiento rápido para dar sombra a los animales y para obtener madera. En esta especie hacen sus nidos a gran altura y los cultivos que hay cerca de los nidos las alimentan, esta combinación hace que se conviertan en plaga.
    Desafortunadamente en algunos lugares del hemisferio norte ha sido introducida y se ha transformado en plaga. En Marruecos al parecer están a tiempo de evitar que esto suceda, ojalá no pase de Melilla. Aquí se ha introducido en Buenos Aires hace 25 años el estornino pinto, no se controló y hoy ya habita hasta 400 km a sus alrededores, donde vivo estoy a 100 km de donde se liberó y he visto bandadas de cientos este año, hace solo 2 años era casi imposible ver uno solo de ellos.

    1. Hola Hernán,

      Thank you very much for your input. It’s very good to hear the advices from someone who knows the species very well and its negative effects in places where it is not native
      I hope that something can be done to control this species before even can establish itself in Melilla and expand elsewhere in North-west Africa.



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