Widow conure or monk or mouse parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)


Physical description
The monk parakeet is a light green bird except for the head, throat and chest which are mouse gray, hence its nickname. We note the presence of blue on part of the wings, the beak is fleshy and the legs are dark. There are also different color mutations.

29 cm

30 years

Scientific sexing

Easy reproduction both in pairs and in colony in the latter case; use large aviaries. Breeding usually begins around April but is likely to breed year round. Once the laying in progress, stop the massive contribution of twigs otherwise our parakeet would continue to bring useless twigs into its nest and suffocate the young. Laying from 4 to 6 eggs, the incubation lasts from 23 to 25 days the young leave the nest around 8 weeks to wait for the complete weaning of the latter before separating them from the parents. It is not uncommon to see several broods during the year, so it is best to remove the nests so as not to exhaust the female which could kill her.

Part of the United States, several Caribbean islands, parts of Europe and Australia.

It is a resistant, cheerful, sociable parakeet, which raises its offspring wonderfully and without any difficulty, easy to domesticate, it is the ideal bird for any beginner or for a family who wishes to adopt a small parrot.

Washington Treaty
Appendix II

Mixture of small and medium-sized seeds, fruits, flowers, small insects and also some buds of fruit trees.


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