The Quaker parakeet, also referred to as the Monk parakeet, is a smaller parrot, standing at 12 inches. They are mainly green with grey on the chest, throat, and cheeks. There is another color mutation also available, the beautiful blue mutation.
These adorable feathers of love are friendly, playful, and very social. They have the ability to speak quite good, in an astounding appropriate way as well. Quakers are easy to train with patience and proper positive rewards.
Quaker parakeets originate from South America ranging from Brazil to Argentina, but are now seen in many wild colonies across the United States due to companion birds that have escaped from captivity. Some of the highest population of feral birds reside in Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, Texas.
States such as California, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Hawaii, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wyoming have made it illegal to own a Quaker because of the crop and garden damage these birds can do if let out in the community.
Quakers are very hardy birds and can thrive well in temperatures much colder then their natural wild habitat. With that side, all parrots are prone to illness from drafts and temperatures below 68 F.
Once your bird has a cold, special care must be taken to insure your bird's illness does not worsen. In most cases, a warmer area over 75F will quickly take care of a mild cold and puffed feathers.
Quakers should be given a daily supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, a high quality conure or cockatiel seed mixture, and commercial pellets. We have found that our Quaker parrots love the pretty bird cockatiel seed, dye-free bird pellets, and Kaytee Exact cockatiel pellets.
Fresh water should be given twice daily and replenished when contaminated. Check out the fresh foods you should be feeding your parrot on our fresh food list.
Quaker parakeets make an excellent choice for those looking to breed a smaller bird other than a lovebird or cockatiel. When given the proper housing, diet, and mate they can be very successful parents.
Determining the sex of a Quaker cannot be visually determined. Males tend to have wider heads and beaks but DNA testing is the only way to maintain 100% accuracy. Females are usually mature enough to pair up (or choose their own mate, which is best if given an aviary environment) at 2 years of age.
Birds that are too young can develop problems with egg laying, incubation, and poor feeding of the chicks. The female will lay between four to eight eggs. Incubation time is 26 to 28 days. Chicks can be pulled for handfeeding at 2 to 3 weeks. Babies should be ready to wean at approximately 10 to 12 weeks of age.
When choosing a cage, we highly recommend purchasing an acrylic cage for your bird to be housed in. This species is prone to showing dominance of its cage and surroundings. When this occurs, give the bird a command to step up and gently press your forefingers on the bird's chest and they normally will give in and perch on your finger.
Daily outings from their cage is very important to minimize this dominating behavior. Like most birds, Quakers are chewers and should be given ample supply of safe and colorful bird toys. Choose toys that are full of bright colors and textures to enrich and stimulate their intelligent minds and spirit.
Quaker parakeets are very loving and can become extremely attached to their human companions. A rule of thumb for all parrots including quakers is to encourage all members of the family to care for them so that the new bird establishes a relationship with more than just one person.
Quaker parrots make excellent pets for almost anyone. With proper adult supervision, quakers also make great pet birds for older children. They will provide hours of entertainment and a lifetime of love.