Breeding Bird Atlas 2 Species Accounts
- Very local, trend not established
As natives of the New World tropics, Monk Parakeets may seem out of place in the Commonwealth. Nonetheless, at many locations in the American Northeast, feral populations of Monk Parakeets have become fairly well established, with Connecticut and New York both harboring substantial populations. These noisy escapees build large, bulky stick nests occupied throughout the year, shared by several individuals, and expanded year after year.
Historic StatusThe notion that a southern South American parrot would someday take up residence in Massachusetts was foreign to early ornithologists. Yet, due to numerous releases and escapes in the 1960s and early 1970s the species moved into several eastern states. Initial fears that the species would overwhelm crops led to early population control tactics in many states.
Atlas 1 DistributionMonk Parakeets weren’t even on the radar as a potential breeding species during Atlas 1, but it would only be a matter of time before Monk Parakeets appeared in several of Massachusetts’ largest metropolitan areas, including Boston.
Atlas 2 Distribution and ChangeIn East Boston, near Logan Airport, a single pair of Monk Parakeets took up residence during Atlas 2, and they were Confirmed to be breeding by a local police officer. No other evidence of breeding for this species was recorded during the second Atlas, and the colony was abandoned before 2011.
Atlas 1 Map
Atlas 2 Map
Atlas Change Map
|Atlas 1||Atlas 2||Change|
|Ecoregion||# Blocks||% Blocks||% of Range||# Blocks||% Blocks||% of Range||Change in # Blocks||Change in % Blocks|
|Marble Valleys/Housatonic Valley||0||0.0||0.0||0||0.0|
|Lower Berkshire Hills||0||0.0||0.0||0||0.0|
|Connecticut River Valley||0||0.0||0.0||0||0.0|
|Lower Worcester Plateau||0||0.0||0.0||0||0.0|
|S. New England Coastal Plains and Hills||0||0.0||0.0||0||0.0|
|Bristol and Narragansett Lowlands||0||0.0||0.0||0||0.0|
|Cape Cod and Islands||0||0.0||0.0||0||0.0|