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Monk Parakeet (Quaker Parakeet)

Monk parakeets are medium-sized parrots native to South America. They are abundant and highly gregarious, forming large flocks and building large colonial nests. They are found in a range of habitats but are most abundant in agricultural and urban areas. Recent population increases appear to be the… Learn More


Does the harvest for wildlife trade or captive breeding of this species harm wild populations?

Little Cause for Concern

  • Wild populations appear healthy

Invasive Threat

Does the release or escape of this species into the wild harm the environment and/or economy?

Significant Cause for Concern

  • Have successfully established non-native populations in the United States
  • Are illegal to own or sell in several states because of their invasive nature

Ease of Care

Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or being kept as a pet harm individual animals?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Live for 15–20 years, so require a long-term commitment to care
  • Require a lot of attention

Health Risks

Does this animal pose a health risk to native wildlife, humans, livestock and agriculture?

Some Cause for Concern

  • May carry and transmit psittacosis, a potentially life-threatening disease for humans

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