Quaker Parrots as Pets - Facts You Should Know
Quaker Parrots, also known as Monk Parakeets, can make wonderful companion animals. They are very social, entertaining and highly intelligent birds.
If you are considering bringing one into your life, please do your research. Quakers can be high-maintenance, like lots of attention and can live a very long time.
Birds require a big commitment, especially parrots.
These medium sized parrots originate in South America. They are typically green with a grey chest but other mutations such as blue and yellow are available. Pet stores and breeders sell the blue ones at a higher price.
They are very hardy and active birds. They demand a lot of attention and need daily activities and toys.
They are considered one of the best "talkers" in the parrot family for a bird of its size (10-12 inches) Most of the Quaker owners I know will tell you they are able to carry on a conversation with their birds. My bird will ask for specific treats such as apples.
Quaker Facts You should Know
- They can live 30 years or longer. Sometimes it's like having a toddler that never grows out of the terrible twos.
- They can start talking at 6 months and they may never stop. They can repeat almost anything so be careful what you say. I have heard of Quakers who have never spoken a word. The more you speak and interact with your bird, the better talker he will become. My Quaker sings "burning ring of fire" by Johnny Cash. Sometimes repeatedly, all day long.
- Quakers can become controlling and sometimes have a mean streak. My bird will specifically seek out my eldest son and try to bite him. He only does this with him and laughs the whole time he is doing it. They can also become cage possessive. Try to clean a Quaker's cage when he decides it is completely hands off.
- Quakers are prone to fatty liver disease which means you have to carefully monitor their diets.No matter how much they beg..never give them chocolate! I feed my bird a pellet based diet ( which is expensive) and he also gets brown rice, veggies and fruit. His favorite treat is peas.
- They are early risers. I get up at 6:30am to him squawking every single day, even on holidays. He squawks until he is fed. Then the singing begins. He sings and talks all day long. Most days I love listening to him but sometimes I wish he had an off button.
- Quakers are illegal to own in some parts of the U.S so check your local laws before adopting one.
- These type of birds are prone to feather plucking and self mutilation. They are social birds used to large flocks and can become easily bored. This is one of the biggest causes of plucking.
Helpful Quaker Sites
- Quaker Parakeet Society
Quaker Parakeets: ReHome, Rescue, Information
- Quaker Parrot Information | Birdtricks.com
Quaker Parrots and what you should know before buying one. A great resource for those considering adding a Quaker Bird to your home.
- Quaker Parakeet Personality, Food & Care - Pet Birds by Lafeber Co.
Find out more about your specific species of pet bird. Parakeets, cockatiels, conures, macaws, parrots, canarys, love birds, finches.
- Quaker Parrot Information Site and Forum | QuakerParrots.com
QuakerParrots.com is a site devoted to the knowledge and care of Quaker Parrots. If you are looking for Quaker Parrot information, this is the place!
- Quakerville Main Page
QuakerVille.com is the virtual home web site for Quaker 'Monk' parakeets. QuakerVille is host to over 60 QP and other species photo web sites and has published many features on breeding, raising and caring for Monk Parakeets, Quaker Parrots.