Parrots: Quaker Parrots
The Quaker Parrot is sometimes called the Monk Parrot or the Gray-breasted Parakeet.
They are native to South America but since they are able to withstand temperate climates they have established colonies in some U.S. States as well as some European countries. It's for this reason that they are illegal in some states.
Quaker Parrots live an average of 20 to 30 years.
They are 12 inches long from head to tail. About the same size of a cockatiel, but they are somewhat heavier.
The normal coloration for Monk Parrots is a green body with pale gray on the chest, throat, cheeks and forehead. There is a bit of blue on the primary wing feathers and on the tail.
Parrot breeders have created a few color mutations from the standard green and you may come across Quaker Parrots that are blue, cinnamon, white or pied.
Talking Quaker Parrots
Monk Parrots are known for their ability to quickly learn to talk, and with the right training will say the right things at the appropriate time, such as "good morning" when it first sees you in the morning.
Although Quakers can be loud for the most part they will chirp, whistle and talk at a moderate volume, but they seem to be at it all day long.
Quaker Parrots As Pets
They are territorial birds and somewhat fearless which can get them into trouble with larger animals or birds.
Quaker Parrots are inquisitive and active birds and need a good variety of toys to keep it occupied when it's left alone.
A fully weaned hand fed baby is your best option as they are already socialized and easier to train.
A full grown Quaker can be tamed, but it's going to take far more patience and time.
Quaker Parrot diet
Your pet parrot will need more than just seeds to stay healthy. The best diet is commercially prepared pellets along with fresh fruits and vegetables.
You also have to be sure that it always has a fresh supply of water available.
It's important that your parrot gets enough exercise so let it out of it's cage every day and let it explore while you keep an eye on it.
Quaker Parrot Cages.
As with all parakeet bird species the bigger the cage the better, but it should be at least 18 inches X 18 inches, with the bars no more than 5/8 inches apart.
Quaker Parrots are notorious for their ability to escape, so pay particular attention to the latch. If there's a way for it to get out it will.
Line the bottom with paper towel or newspaper. Avoid bedding materials because they tend to develop fungus which can make your Quaker sick.
You will need a variety of different sized perches and toys for the cage as well as a watering and food dish.
With their reasonable price, long lifespan, small and excellent ability to talk Quaker Parrots make good choices as pet parrots for those that don't have the budget or space for an African Gray or Double Yellow Headed Amazon.
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