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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Euornithes
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Ornithurae
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Ordo: Psittaciformes

Familia: Psittacidae
Subfamilia: Psittacinae
Tribus: Arini
Genus: Myiopsitta
Species: M. monachus - M. luchsi

Myiopsitta Bonaparte, 1854
Vernacular names
English: Monk Parakeets, Quaker Parakeets

Rev. Mag. Zool.(2) 6 p.150

Myiopsitta is a genus of parrot in the family Psittacidae. They are native to South America, but are found all over Europe as well. They are known as an invasive species due to the crop damage they cause which greatly affects the wildlife all across Europe.[1] The monk parakeet is sometimes considered monotypic within the genus.

The genus was introduced by the French naturalist Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1854.[2] The type species was subsequent designated as the monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) by the English zoologist George Robert Gray in 1855.[3] The genus name combines the Ancient Greek mus, muos meaning "mouse" and the New Latin psitta meaning "parrot".[4] The name alludes to the mouse-grey face and underparts of the monk parakeet.[5]

The genus contains 2 species:[6]

Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
Zoological Illustrations Volume II Plate 89.jpg Myiopsitta monachus Monk parakeet Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay
MyopsittacusLuchsiKeulemans.jpg Myiopsitta luchsi Cliff parakeet southeastern La Paz to the northern Chuquisaca department, Bolivia


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Bonaparte, Charles Lucien (1854). "Tableau des perroquets". Revue et Magasin de Zoologie Pure et Appliquée. 2nd. 6: 145–158 [150].
Gray, George Robert (1855). Catalogue of the Genera and Subgenera of Birds Contained in the British Museum. London: British Museum. p. 87.
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 263. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
Buffon, Georges-Louis Leclerc de (1780). "La perruche souris". Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux (in French). Volume 11. Paris: De L'Imprimerie Royale. pp. 206–207.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Parrots, cockatoos". World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 11 August 2019.

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