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Quaker Parrot (Monk Parakeet)

Quaker parrot (or monk parakeets) are known for their charming, comical personalities and their willingness to learn human speech. It is an excellent choice for bird lovers who want all the fun of a large parrot in a smaller package. They are a popular pet, good for dedicated beginners, and adapt well to living in a “human flock” setting. However, in some parts of the U.S., they are illegal to keep in as pets. Check with your local laws before getting one.

The quaker parakeet, also called the quaker parrot and the monk parakeet/parrot, a native of South America, is one of the most popular parrots of its size due to its availability, low cost, and outstanding mimicking ability. This bright, resourceful, 12-inch bird has been able to set up large wild colonies from Southern Florida to the Northeast and Midwest, making themselves a charming addition to the landscape of those areas, though many places consider them pests and have outlawed them.

Quaker Parrot Colors and Markings

The typical colors of an adult Quaker are a vivid green on the head, wings, and back. The bird’s most distinguishing feature is the gray breast, cheeks, and throat. This coloration resembles Colonial-era Quaker clothing and is how this bird got its name.

They have gorgeous blue flight feathers and a lighter green tinge on the underside of their tails. Their beaks are horn-colored and their feet are grey. Overall, they look like a stalky cockatiel.

Captive breeding programs have also produced a variety of beautiful color mutations in Quakers. One of the most popular mutations is a blue hybrid Quaker parrot developed in the early 2000s. Breeders have also created albino, cinnamon, lutino, and pied Quakers.

This bird is a monomorphic species, which means the males and females look exactly alike. The only way to know for sure the sex of your bird is through DNA sexing or a surgical sexing procedure.

Quaker Playtime 

Keeping a single parrot (opposed to a pair or group) requires a great deal more of human interaction and stimulation for your parrot. However, a single kept bird will also be much easier to tame! If you have a young quaker it usually doesn’t take long for them to bond with their new owner. The main concern with parrots is biting and the sooner this is corrected, the better. When your bird bites down too hard, be sure NOT to respond in a way that would be enjoyable or proactive to your bird (such as pulling away and/or making noise). The best way to correct this behavior is to divert the beak to to an appropriate toy, or simply leave your bird completely alone for 5-10 minutes. Foraging toys are great and promote your birds natural instinct to forge (Pisces recommends: HARI Bamboo Ring Abacus). Ideally, you should be able to provide your bird with 2 -3 hours of supervised play time outside of its cage. Quakers like consistency! If you spend most of your time out of the house or have an irregular schedule, a quaker may not be right for you.

While not every quaker parrot is guaranteed to talk, individual birds have greater odds of excelling at mimicry than birds of many other species. Overall, many owners say their quakers are little chatterboxes when it comes to mimicking, as well as their natural calls. It’s usually not enough to bother neighbors because they don’t have the ear-piercing screams of some other species, such as conures. But they will make their presence known in a home.

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