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Quaker Information

Quaker Parrots(a.k.a. Monk Parakeets) are a small sized birds approximately twelve inches in length, including the tail. The normal wild quaker is green with a greyish head and chest. More colors and mutations are being bred, this includes, blue, pied, lutino and cinnamon. The life span of the quaker is approximately 30 years, but they have been know to live a lot longer.

Quaker parrots are extremely social birds that require a lot of interaction with their owners. They can develop a very strong bond with their owner if time is spent together. They can be a cuddly bird that loves to sit and be petted or just fall asleep nestled into their owner's neck. They require this time to be kept happy. They do not like to be caged up all day alone, and this could lead to behavioral problems such as biting, screaming and plucking their feathers.

They can be cage territorial and this can give people the impression they are not liked by their bird. Understand that they are protective of their homes, just like we are. If your bird is biting you when you put your hand in the cage then just open the door and let him come out on his own. This seems to be the preferred method. My baby quaker started to bite when I put my hand in the cage. I did not stop. I actually put my had in more. I would quickly put it directly under his belly and he would step onto it, not having time to bite. He no longer bites me and has lost that territorial quality.

Quakers are fabulous talkers and are known to be one of the best of all birds. They can understand the meaning of STOP and NO if trained properly. From my experience, most quakers will start to talk between four and six months old. Once they start talking you will find they pick up words and sayings very quickly. They are also known to sing, and can actually pickup a complete short song.

Quakers can be taught to do tricks, give kisses and they seem to say the right things at the right time. My quaker returns to his cage on his own as soon as the sun starts to set and settles in for the night. Training toys and puzzle toys are especially loved by these birds. They keep them amused and also stimulate them. Toys in the cage are very important to Quakers. They need constant stimulation so they don't get bored. Please be very careful of all toys that are in the cage with your bird. Check them regularly for any parts that have come loose and may injure your bird.

Quaker parrots eat a variety of foods and require fresh vegetables and fruit as a large part of their diet. I feed all my birds a variety of vegetables and fruits along with plain rice, pasta, whole grain and egg. I always keep a dish of pellets in their cage and give them the fresh food in a separate dish at dinner time. They get very little seed, but I do not completely deprive them of this. The hulling of seeds is therapeutic for them. Quakers are prone to fatty liver disease therefore, I keep sunflower seeds to a minimum and use them as a treat only. They also love almonds and shelled peanuts, which again are treats only. Fresh water is essential and you may be required to change their water more than once everyday, as quakers seem to love to drop things in their water dish.

Quakers need a cage that is a fairly large size. They need to have room to move and exercise. Personally, I would recommend a cage that is 3' x 3', but this is just a suggestion. If your bird is out of the cage most of the day, you could opt for a smaller cage that is used mostly for sleep time.

Quaker Parrots are absolutely amazing birds with a fantastic personality. They are funny and smart, and will keep you amused for many years if given a lot of time and love from their caregivers.