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Monk Parakeet

Myiopsitta monachus

Monk Parakeets are Native to South America, but were used extensively in the pet trade. Escaped or released birds have adapted to life in urban USA. They are the only parrot to build communal stick nests, which allows them to survive cold climates as far north as New York. By crowding their nest space into compact areas and close to each other, it is believed they can trap heat and stay warm even in cold winters.

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