Common Name: Quaker Parrot Scientific Name: Myiopsitta monachus Origin: South America, with feral colonies established in parts of the United States. Size: Medium, about 30cm in length from beak to tail, weighing up to 150 grams. Average Lifespan: 20 to 30 years in captivity, depending on quality of care. Temperament: Quakers are very confident and social birds. They seem to be a very large bird in a little bird's body. Bold and outgoing, they tend to chatter a lot and they are quite active little birds. They love to interact with their "flock" and are known around the world for being very tactile and cuddly with quite a good talking ability. In captivity, they tend to bond very closely with one person, and are known for their loyal nature. Hand raised Quakers are quite gentle with people they are familiar with and make wonderful pets for most people. Colours: The normal colours of an adult Quaker are a vivid green on the head, wings, and back, with a splash of whitish-grey on the face and chest. They have gorgeous blue flight feathers and a lighter green tinge on the underside of their tails. Captive breeding programs have also produced a variety of beautiful colour mutations in Quakers. There is a blue mutation is the most common mutation with some other colour mutations being so rare the selling price of these birds is upwards of $25,000.00 in Australia. Feeding: Quakers are known to be extremely good eaters. They thrive on fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouts a good quality pellet diet (Vetafarm, Passwell, Roudybush) and a small amount a good quality seed mix such as Birdzone. The occasional millet sprig, nuts, soaked seed and native flowers (grevillea and bottle brush) are welcomed as a favourite snack.
Exercise: Quakers are very active birds, and need to have an adequate amount of space in which to play. Provide your Quaker with plenty of toys, and a play gym as a place to burn off their energy and play. Foraging toys, chew toys, balls, bells, swings, foot toys, ladders and native branches and leaves all provide excellent enrichment to keep their busy little minds occupied. Time outside of the cage is important in order to ensure that your pet stays happy and healthy and offers plenty of opportunity to bond and interact with you. Quaker Parrots as Pets: Known for their charming, comical personalities and their willingness to learn human speech, the Quaker Parrot is an excellent choice for those who want all the fun of a large parrot in a smaller package. They adapt well to living in a "human flock" setting, and enjoy spending time with their owners. Whilst Quakers aren’t considered to be noisy birds, it is not recommended to have one as a pet if you are living in a unit. Check out some of cool stuff for quakers: