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Apr 23 2024

E&E Seminar: “Naturalized Parrots of the World” by Stephen Pruett-Jones (University of Chicago)

April 23, 2024

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


4289 SELE

Please join us on April 23, 2024 at 12:30 pm for an E&E Seminar featuring Dr. Stephen Pruett-Jones (University of Chicago).


Host: Alex Shingleton

Abstract: Parrots have been transported and traded by humans for at least the last 2,000 years, and this trade has involved the majority of recognized parrot species (300+ of 381 species). Either through escape or release, many of these species have established viable populations in the novel area. Currently, there are records of 179 species of parrots having been introduced (seen in the wild) into 131 countries or territories outside of the native range. Of these, 60 species are naturalized and an additional 11 species are breeding in at least one country outside of their native range (86 countries or territories total). The Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) and Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) are the most widely distributed and successful of the introduced parrots, being naturalized in 47 and 26 countries or territories, respectively. Far and away, the United States and its territories support the greatest number of naturalized parrots, with 28 different species found in either the continental US, or Hawaii or Puerto Rico.  Naturalized species as well as urbanized native species of parrots provide both important opportunities for research and challenges in terms of their ecological and social impacts.


Emily Beaufort

Date posted

Jul 17, 2023

Date updated

Feb 27, 2024