French: Perruche veuve German: Mönchsittich Spanish: Cotorra argentina
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. cotorra
(Vieillot, 1818) – SE Bolivia, Paraguay, SW Brazil and NW Argentina (Formosa, Chaco, Corrientes).
M. m. monachus
(Boddaert, 1783) – SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul), Uruguay and NE Argentina (Santa Fe to E Buenos Aires).
M. m. calita
(Jardine & Selby, 1830) – NW & C Argentina (Salta to W Buenos Aires and N Chubut).
28–29 cm; 90–140 g. Forehead, lores, lower cheek and chin light grey; rest of head green, browner green on mantle and duller on wings, primaries and secondaries... read more
Commonest call is a drawn-out nasal grating note, typically repeated in long series, e.g. “rrreh-... read more
Dry semi-open lowlands, generally to 1000 m, in gallery forest, savanna woodland, dry Acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses, herbs and various trees, especially Celtis tala and palm nuts, with thistles very important in breeding season;... read more
Oct–Feb. Communal nester. Builds conspicuous enclosed nests of sticks cut with bill, commonly from spiny Celtis bushes;... read more
Apparently sedentary except at the edges of its range, where presence may be seasonal.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common to abundant throughout its range, and has increased with the spread of settlements (now encroaching into the ... read more
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