Three pairs of Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) constructing a colony nest on Eucalyptus trees in Melilla on 13 August 2012 were reported by Diego Jerez in his blog Aves y Natura Norteafricanas. He added that this is the first observation of the species in Melilla and the birds were originated without a doubt from escaped pet birds. I think also that this is the first observation of this invasive South American species in the whole Northwest Africa.
It’s also the second parrot species (Psittacidae) that started to breed in the region after the Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri). The latter species is well established in Algeria at the capital and its surroundings (Bendjoudi et al. 2005, Fellous et al. 2005). In Morocco, the species is seen in many places but apparently only at Casablanca where there is a small feral population (Thévenot et al. 2003, + recent observations published in the reports of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee). To my knowledge, there is no feral population in Tunisia (Tunisian colleagues can confirm this).
- Bendjoudi, D., Voisin, J.F., Doumandji, S. & Baziz, B. 2005. Installation de la Perruche à collier Psittacula krameri (Aves, Psittacidae) dans l’Algérois et premières données sur son écologie trophique dans cette région. Alauda 73: 329-334.
- Fellous, A., Moulai R., Jacob J.-P. 2005. Introduction et nidification de la Perruche à collier Psittacula krameri en Algérie. Aves 42: 272-277.
- Thévenot, M., Vernon, R. & Bergier, P. (2003). The Birds of Morocco. BOU Checklist No. 20. BOU, Tring.