Argentinian parrots invade Madrid

Freed parrots become a public hazard in Madrid

source: Elizabeth Nash
Independent June 18 2002 p10

Pet parrots freed by owners in Madrid, Spain are becoming a public hazard. The parrots are from the species Myiopsitta monachus, and have strong bills, long tail feathers, and are grey and green. They come from Argentina, where they are seen as pests. There are colonies of the parrots in Canillejas, close to the airport, and in a park west of Madrid called the Casa del Campo. There is concern that native wild birds are being displaced.