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  • Mark Tullett

Pretty polly

All along the seafront and in various other places in town you can see and hear the chatter of the green parrots.

They were one of the things that surprised us most when we first came here. I didn't think Spain had indigenous parrots, and to a degree was right. Apparently these birds were originally brought here as pets from South America, but on escaping started breeding. According to recent statistics there are now over 20,000 individuals living in Spain.

Their proper name is a Monk Parrott, but are also known as Quaker Parrots.

The have a very definitive squawk, and often repeat sounds they regularly hear, just like domestic parrots.

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