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.