Monk Parrot :
The Monk Parrot are also known as Quaker Parrots. They are known as Quaker parrots because the quake sound produced by these parrot. This specie of the parrot originated from the temperate of the sub tropical regions of Argentina and the near by countries of South America. These parrots are named as Monk Parrots because of the hood like marking on the head which resembles to a monk’s hood.The Monk parrots are distributed further into four sub categories.
Myiopsitta Monachus Monachus – This is the nominate sub specie.
Myiopsitta Monachus Calita – This is the Mendoza Grey breasted parrots.
Myiopsitta Monachus Cotorra – These are Paraguayan Grey breasted parrots.
Myiopsitta Monachus luchsi – The Luchs’s or Bolivian Grey breasted parrots.
The monk parrot have all the traits of the large parrots.
The Monk Parrot are predominantly green in color. The forehead is bluish grey, throat , cheeks, lore are grey where the the breast feathers can be grey to grayish brown with barring markings. The crown, nape, back and upper wings are dark green where as the mid abdomen displays wide tan colored band. The rump, lower back, abdomen and lower thighs are yellowish green. The lower wings with the underside of the tail feathers are blue or green. the beak is usually p[ale yellow or brown in shade. The legs of monk parrot are grey and the eyes are dark brown.
The monk parrots naturally inhabits in dry, semi open woodlands including the scrub-land and Savannah. They are generally found to be in low lands. This species of parrot typically lives in urban area where the availability of the food is easy to them. And they are also introduced in the urban areas.
The Monk Parrots often breed in colonies. They make single large nest with different entrances for every pair. The nest is constructed on the trees or on man made structures such as towers, light poles, electricity poles, etc. These parrots mostly breed between October to December. They lay the clutch of eggs with average of 5 to 2 eggs. The eggs are incubated for about 25 days by both the parents. The grown offspring of the same parent are known as helper birds as they assist their parents in feeding the newly born infants.
The beak and nails of the monk parrot are needed to be trimmed according to the need. Since these parrots are very curious so are highly prone to accidents if living in a home. The trimming of feathers are highly recommended for these parrots.
The Monk Parrots usually includes the seeds of grasses, trees and other plants in their diet. They also take fruits which are cultivated, berries, vegetables, buds and flowers as their food. Occasionally they take insects in their diet as well. Monk Parrots are considered to be serious crop pest. They get feed from both the trees and the ground. The monk parrots use to obtain large amount of its food from the garden bird feeder in its introduced range, particularly in winters.
The height in birds is considered to be the height of the bird. The monk parrots are 11 to 13 inches in length from starting point of the beak to the end point of the tail.
The average weight of the monk parrot is recorded to be 90 to 150 gm to its maximum.
Life Span :
The average life span of the monk parrot is considered to be 25 to 30 years.
The starting range of the monk parrot is $200 and can go up to $1000 depending upon the colors and features of the parrot.