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Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 39.1 (2016) Pages: 141-145

An evaluation of monk parakeet damage to crops in the metropolitan area of Barcelona

Senar, J. C., Domènec, J., Arroyo, L., Torre, I., Gordo, O.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2016.39.0141

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Abstract

We evaluated damage to commercial crops caused by the monk parakeet, Myiopsitta monachus, in the Baix Llobregat agricultural area (1,024 ha) bordering the city of Barcelona, Spain. Average crop loss was 0.4% for tomatoes, 28% for corn, 9% for red plums, 36% for round plums, 37% for pears, 17% for persimmons, and 7% for quinces. Our data show that the potential damage to crops by monk parakeets in this invaded area is now a reality. As a wait–and–see approach is likely to be a more costly strategy in the long–term, policy makers should assess issues such as the extent of damage, feasibility/cost benefit analysis, and public opinion so as to avoid greater damage and loss in the future.

Keywords

Monk parakeet, Myiopsitta monachus, Damage to crops, Invasive species

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Senar, J. C., Domènec, J., Arroyo, L., Torre, I., Gordo, O., 2016. An evaluation of monk parakeet damage to crops in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 39: 141-145, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2016.39.0141

Reception date:

25/02/2016

Acceptation date:

26/03/2016

Publication date:

09/05/2016

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