Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales
versión On-line ISSN 1853-0400
ARAMBURU, Rosana; CALVO, Sebastián; CARPINTERO, Diego Leonardo y CONRADO CICCHINO, Armando. Arthropods in Monk Parakeet nests (Aves: Psittacidae). Rev. Mus. Argent. Cienc. Nat. [online]. 2009, vol.11, n.1, pp. 1-5. ISSN 1853-0400.
The objective of this work is to communicate a list of artropodofauna which is in Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus monachus) nests at several localities in Buenos Aires province. One nest and 43 beds of fresh green material that the Monk Parakeets deposited in the breeding chamber were collected. Arthropods were extracted, identified under binocular microscope, and characterized by their diets. Species were found whitin class Arachnida (Acarina, Pseudoescorpionida and Araneae), mainly predators and hematophagous. Within class Insecta, were found blood-sucking species, predators, detritivores, phytophagous, nectarivorous, and xilophagous, among others. The orders most represented were Diptera (8 families) and Coleoptera (12 families). The rest of the species belonged to the orders Collembola, Psocoptera, Hymenoptera, Phthiraptera, Hemiptera and Lepidoptera.
Palabras clave : Parrots; Comunal nests; Biodiversity; Arthropodofauna.