FPL | Monk Parakeet
 

Monk Parakeet

Origin: Argentina, Chile and southern Brazil

Impacts: The monk, or Quaker, parakeet is a temperate to subtropical invasive species that was introduced to the United States in the 1960s.

Monk parakeets build large communal nests in trees, electrical equipment, telecommunication towers and, in some areas of the world, on cliffs. They are considered agricultural pests in their native environment.

Due to the great numbers of nests and their prolific nesting habits, monk parakeets are affecting many electric utilities' ability to provide reliable electric service to customers.

The monk parakeet population doubles approximately every 4.8 years and is expected to grow 14 times larger over the next 10 years if it is not managed appropriately.

 

Myiopsitta monachus