The Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), also known as the Quaker Parrot, is a species of parrot and, in most taxonomies, the only member of the genus…
The nominate subspecies of this parakeet is 29 cm (11 in) long on average, with a 48 cm (19 in) wingspan, and weighs 100 g (3.5 oz). Females tend to be 10–20% smaller but can only be reliably sexed by DNA or feather testing. It has bright green upperparts. The forehead and breast are pale gray with darker scalloping and the rest of the underparts are very-light green to yellow. The remiges are dark blue, and the tail is long and tapering. The bill is orange.
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. Due to this early speaking ability, it is overtaking the Cockatiel as the favorite bird to teach to talk. Another asset is that this bird has a much more reasonable life span and price than African Grey Parrots or the Yellow-naped Amazon.