Why are you thinking so much about the kind of bird you should have as a pet? It’s actually quite simple, because parrots are some of the best species there are. Also, if you like a bird that is noisy and doesn’t stop all day, nothing better than the Argentine parrot.
What is known about its origin?
Although it is known as the Argentine parrot, its international name is monk parakeet or parrot monk or parrot verdigris, while the scientific name is myiopsitta monachus.
It is naturally distributed throughout South America and is widespread in Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. With great success it has also been found in countries such as Chile, Canada, the United States, Mexico, France, Spain, Italy and other countries of the European continent, being very common as a pet.
What can we tell you about how they look?
It is a small bird in the cockatoon family, measuring between 28 and 31 centimetres long and weighing around 130 grams. Normally, the color of your feather is a bright green tone, with the wings a bluish green tone. The forehead and cheeks, as well as the throat, chest and belly are light grey. The tail is long and pointed, green like the green of its body. On the other hand, its legs are grey and its beak is ochre in colour.
It has a great adaptability to sudden changes in the environment, in addition to being very intelligent animals. When they live in the wild, they tend to live in social groups, building nests as high as possible, usually in trees. It is the only member of the parrot family that makes nests with branches.
As far as the human being is concerned, it has been a very appreciated bird for its beauty and because due to its great intelligence, it costs very little to earn its trust. You can keep her loose around the house or get her used to taking short walks out of her cage without major problems, and then return to her cage to eat. Her biggest problem is that she may be quite noisy, but since she can learn to vocalize and imitate words, she is very much appreciated for this aspect.
Apart from the nominal species, three other subspecies have been recognized:
- Myipsitta monachus calita: It extends from southern Bolivia to western Argentina. Its size is somewhat smaller, reaching a maximum of 27 cm. Its beak is smaller and does not have the bluish color of the head, although a little in the belly area.
- Myiopsitta monachus cotorra: It extends from southern Bolivia to Paraguay and northwestern Argentina, with some specimens also in Brazil. It is 27 cm long, with a brighter green colour and a less yellowish belly.
- Myiopsitta monachus luchsi: It lives in the xeric valleys of Bolivia, and there it is known as Bolivian parrot, being a rather isolated population and with little quantity of specimens. It measures 30 cm and has a narrow beak, with a pale grey colouring.
If I choose her as a pet, what do I need to know to take care of it?
To begin with, it is a granivorous species, that is to say, it feeds on seeds of plants, both wild and cultivated. He usually likes thistle seeds, but he also loves sorghum, corn and rice. In addition, it consumes fruits, flowers and some insects in their adult stage, as well as larvae.
It is usually fed with vegetables and a few fruits, but sometimes a bit special, it has also been seen feeding on the meat of dead animals. Something that is not highly recommended when you live in captivity.
You have to remember that their cage has to be quite large. Although the most recommended thing to do with birds that are part of the parrot family is to have a large aviary in which they live with other birds, as it is not usually violent with other species, except during the rutting season.
There is no way to determine the sex of the specimen, since it does not present sexual dimorphism, unless it is through a DNA test. In addition, the breeding process of an Argentine parrot is something that should be left in the hands of breeders who already have some experience in the field.
As far as letting her loose in the house or not, since she belongs to the parrot family, they rarely try to escape from the house, so there are not many problems and she can be raised in freedom from her youth.