FAQ. What kind of green parrots live in Barcelona?

FAQ. What kind of parrots live in Barcelona?

What are the little green parrots called that live in Barcelona?

Barcelona's little green parrots are called Monk Parakeets

The latin name is Myiopsitta monachus and are known as the "Quaker parrot

They are small, bright-green parrot with a grey breast and green-yellow abdomen and one often sees them in Barcelona's palm trees. And you can hear them chattering loudly.

There are around 5 to 6,000 in Barcelona. These cute but noisy little birds are not native to Barcelona or Spain. They are actually native to subtropical zones of Argentina but were brought to Europe to be sold as pets and they some escaped or were released by owners and their numbers grew.

They were first noticed living in the wild in Spain in 1975.

Green parrots Barcelona are called Monk parakeets

If you hear the loud chattering sound but can't see the parrots then look at the top of the palm tree trunk where to leaves sprout out - that is where these little green parrots usually can be found. 

These Monk parakeets can be seen in several Spanish cities including Barcelona, Madrid, Tarragona and on the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands.

They generally only live in urban areas and you can find hundreds of them in Barcelona - in fact there are so many they are considered a plague.

You can find many of them in Barcelona's biggest park Parc de la Ciutadella, where they are also monitored
Read more about Monk parakeets on Wikipedia

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