Pretty, but dangerous! Records of Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) in Mexico and their possible invasion effects


  • Ian MacGregor-Fors
  • Rafael Calderón-Parra
  • Alejandro Meléndez-Herrada
  • Silvia López-López
  • Jorge E Schondube


Palabras clave:

Invasive exotic bird, pet trade, pest, urban, agriculture, quaker parakeet.


The Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) is native to South America and has been introduced by the pet market to several countries around the world. In this note, we compiled records for this species in Mexico, also reporting the first sight-recording of this species in the state of Michoacán and several nesting localities within the Metropolitan area of Mexico City. Most records are from escaped/released individuals from captivity. Also, we review the negative effects that this invasive species has had around the world. All records for this species in Mexico suggest the possible beginning of a massive invasion that could have dramatic negative ecological and economical effects throughout this biodiverse country.


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