monk parakeet


Definition of monk parakeet

: a South American green and gray parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) that is kept as a cage bird and has become established in several wild breeding populations in the U.S. from escaped stock

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Recent Examples on the Web One in 10 breeding bird species is nonnative (57 in total), and 39 of these arrived in the past 30 years, including the ring-necked parakeet, monk parakeet, and Egyptian goose, which are all likely to be expanding their territories. Phoebe Weston, Wired, "An Atlas Reveals Climate Change Is Pushing Birds Further North," 12 Dec. 2020 The cold, harsh winters of cities like Chicago, New York, and Seattle are no match for the tiny monk parakeet. Jennifer Uehling, National Geographic, "Former pet parrots breeding and thriving in 23 U.S. states," 30 May 2019

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First Known Use of monk parakeet

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Monk parakeet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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