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Monk parakeet. Cotorra argentina

Myiopsitta monachus

Description:

It measures 30 cm long and weighs 140 grams on average. It is characterized by its light green color, more grayish towards the chest. Horn-colored bill and grayish legs.

Habitat:

It originates in the temperate to subtropical areas of Argentina and the surrounding countries in South America. Self-sustaining wild populations are found in many places, primarily in North America and Europe.

Notes:

These imported exotic birds are a serious problem, as they threaten native fauna, for example sparrows; transmit diseases to other birds or humans; and their nests are considered a "risk to the integrity and life of people" because they weigh a lot — normal, between 40 and 50 kilos, but can reach 200.

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eulalia rubio
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eulalia rubio

València, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Mar 7, 2021
Submitted on Mar 7, 2021

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