A genus of parrot in the family Psittacidae. The monk parakeet is sometimes considered monotypic within the genus. Some taxonomic authorities split it into 2 species, with 3 subspecies falling under the Monk Parakeet.
It contains the following species:
Monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)
Cliff parakeet (Myiopsitta luchsi)
Myiopsitta monachus is usually the only widely accepted member of the genus Myiopsitta. However, the cliff parakeet is sometimes considered a distinct species. The cliff parakeet's altitudinal range apparently does not overlap, and that it is thus entirely, but just barely, allopatric. The American Ornithological Society has deferred recognizing the cliff parakeet as distinct "because of insufficient published data".
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