Hi, Kila&Makena! Long time no see -- how are you?
My local nature center had a slideshow & lecture about Monk Parakeets last week. The most interesting points (i.m.o.) were:
-- their "true" name is Monk Parakeets
-- they can live up to 30 years
-- they tend to live in fairly urban areas (even in Argentina, much less the U.S.), though they do fly to farmers' fields to eat seeds (which is why they are such a problem for some areas)
-- the monks in the midwest U.S. all came originally from the Hyde Park area of Chicago (where President Obama & family lived until last week); supposedly a truck of these birds tipped over, some escaped, they adapted to northern Illinois winters, and they multiplied...