We studied a naturalized population of monk parakeet breeding in an urban park in Rome,by collecting data on the diurnal and feeding activity, space use (e.g, roosting preferences, flight height) and behavioural traits (e.g., cluster size). Consideration on the potential ecological impact of the species is also made. The diurnal activity of parakeets did not differ between morning and afternoon. Most individuals were observed in flight 6-10 m from the ground, and when at roost, parakeets preferred perch es higher than 5 m. The clusters sighted on ground were significantly larger in size than those observed on roosts, while cluster size was not linked to flight height. For this species, the observed roost preference indicates that the availability of perches on high trees seems to be an important factor for habitat selection: standing on trees may increase the chances to identify trophic resources, reduce the risk of predation when at rest, and prevent overheating from high summer temperatures during the day. Regarding to feeding habits, at our study site the monk parakeet fed on different plant species both on the trees and at the ground level (e.g., Fabaceae, Ulmaceae, Poaceae, Rosaceae), showing a clear preference towards some plant species, irrespective to their abundance, and with Scolymus hispanicus (Asteraceae) as the most exploited species by far.

Di Santo M, Vignoli L, Battisti C, & Bologna M (2013). Feeding activity and space use of a naturalized population of Monk Parakeet, Myiopsitta monachus, in a Mediterranean urban. REVUE D'ECOLOGIE, 67, 275-282.

Feeding activity and space use of a naturalized population of Monk Parakeet, Myiopsitta monachus, in a Mediterranean urban.

Vignoli L;BOLOGNA, Marco Alberto
2013

Abstract

We studied a naturalized population of monk parakeet breeding in an urban park in Rome,by collecting data on the diurnal and feeding activity, space use (e.g, roosting preferences, flight height) and behavioural traits (e.g., cluster size). Consideration on the potential ecological impact of the species is also made. The diurnal activity of parakeets did not differ between morning and afternoon. Most individuals were observed in flight 6-10 m from the ground, and when at roost, parakeets preferred perch es higher than 5 m. The clusters sighted on ground were significantly larger in size than those observed on roosts, while cluster size was not linked to flight height. For this species, the observed roost preference indicates that the availability of perches on high trees seems to be an important factor for habitat selection: standing on trees may increase the chances to identify trophic resources, reduce the risk of predation when at rest, and prevent overheating from high summer temperatures during the day. Regarding to feeding habits, at our study site the monk parakeet fed on different plant species both on the trees and at the ground level (e.g., Fabaceae, Ulmaceae, Poaceae, Rosaceae), showing a clear preference towards some plant species, irrespective to their abundance, and with Scolymus hispanicus (Asteraceae) as the most exploited species by far.
Di Santo M, Vignoli L, Battisti C, & Bologna M (2013). Feeding activity and space use of a naturalized population of Monk Parakeet, Myiopsitta monachus, in a Mediterranean urban. REVUE D'ECOLOGIE, 67, 275-282.
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