Dienstag, 17. November 2009

Mallorquin Piepmatz - the Monk Parakeet

 The Monk Parakeet, also know as Quaker Parrot,
originates from the temperate to subtropical areas of Argentina and the surrounding countries in South America.
 Self-sustaining feral populations have been recorded in several US states and various countries of Europe, as well as in Brazil, Israel, Bermuda, Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Japan.
 In areas where they have been introduced, some fear that they will harm crops and native species.
But in the south-west of the island of Mallorca, more precise: at Santa Ponça, they live in a colony / family of approximately 300 birds peacefully together with local Collared Dove in a little stone pine wood direct at the main beach.

 The Monk Parakeet is the only parrot that builds a stick nest, in a tree or on a man-made structure, rather than using a hole in a tree. This gregarious species often breeds colonially, building a single large nest with separate entrances for each pair.

 Monk Parakeets are highly intelligent, social birds. Those kept as pets routinely develop large vocabularies. They are able to learn scores of words and phrases.

"May I have some ketchup for my burger?"

1 Kommentar:

  1. Wow the birds were similar to those in the movie "Rio" :) Have you seen that movie? We saw nothing of the fine birds. Great close-ups you had caught! Were you satisfied with this place? I liked Mallorca, but I like Greece too ...

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