The Quaker Parrot
The Quaker parrot, also called a monk parrot or a Quaker monk parakeet, is a bird that can be trained to whistle and mimic words that it hears from people, especially from those he interacts with every day. It is referenced as a “parakeet” because of its long tail, and “monk” because of its grey feathers on the breast. It is believed to have been called a “Quaker” because of its “quaking” characteristics like begging for food and quaking like a baby.
The Quaker parrot can survive very cold climates and is originally from South America, but is now found also in the United States and Puerto Rico. In the wilderness, it is the only parrot that does not drill a hole in a tree, but rather builds a stick nest for a home. They breed in colonies and builds nesting “apartments” that can grow as big as an automobile.
The Quaker Parrot Breeding Season
The quaker parrot’s breeding season is from October to December, when it can produce 5 to 12 eggs that hatches in 24 days. The quaker parrot is dominantly green in color and has grey feathers on the forehead as well as on the neck. It is usually 11 inches in length and has a life span of 30 to 35 years. Being only 11 inches, its size is relatively smaller than most impressive parrots. It usually weighs an average of 100 grams, with females being 10 to 20 percent smaller. Some variations of this bird are dominantly blue or yellow in color. The blue ones are usually double the price of the green ones. Still, it is considered as one of the best talking parrots around. When kept in a home, it can be quite protective of its owner.
A Quaker parrot is curious and raucous in nature and is accident-prone when left outside its cage. Although it is a fun-loving bird, it can cause a serious mess inside a pet-owner’s house. It gives off a loud, high-pitched voice especially while eating and it easily learns human words. For grooming, trimming the beak and nails whenever needed is recommended.
To stimulate its natural intelligence, it needs to have lots of out-of-the cage time and mental stimulation. The trainer needs to provide toys for faster learning. The Quaker monk parrot enjoys being with humans and it becomes even more intelligent with a lot of human companionship. When training a Quaker parrot, it should be introduced with other species and hand-fed like a baby. Doing so will make the bird more friendly and affectionate. Because of its naturally aggressive behavior, it may be difficult to train so it is not recommended as a first training bird for parrot enthusiasts.
In some states in the US including Hawaii, Georgia, Wyoming, New Jersey and California, the quaker parrot is outlawed because it is considered to be a potential agricultural pest. This means that it is illegal to sell, register, or own the parrot in these states. Before purchasing, you should make sure that the state or place where you live will allow you to take care of a Quaker parrot.
Just like other birds, the quaker parrot needs a safe and clean environment, nutritious food and fresh drinking water. 65 to 80 percent of its diet should include high-quality commercial nuggets, pellets and crumbles that are made especially for them. The rest of the diet should consist of fruits, nuts, vegetables or mealworms.