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Revista mexicana de biodiversidad

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MACGREGOR-FORS, Ian et al. Pretty, but dangerous! Records of non-native Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) in Mexico. Rev. Mex. Biodiv. [online]. 2011, vol.82, n.3, pp. 1053-1056. ISSN 2007-8706.

The Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) is native to South America and has been introduced by the pet market to several countries around the world. In this note, we compiled records for this species in Mexico and report the first sight-recording of this species in the state of Michoacán and several nesting localities within the Metropolitan area of México City. Most records are of individuals escaped or released from captivity. Also, we review the negative effects that this species has had in invaded areas from around the world. Our analysis suggests the possible beginning of an invasion in Mexico that could have dramatic negative ecological and economic effects throughout this biodiverse country.

Palabras llave : invasive exotic bird; pet trade; pest; urban; agriculture; Quaker Parakeet.

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