Quaker Parrot (Monk Parakeet) – Profile & Care Guide

Common name: Quaker Parrot (Monk Parakeet)
Latin name: Myiopsitta monachus
Length: 29 cm (11.3 in)
Weight: 127-140g (4.4-4.9 oz)
Life Span: 25 years
Origin: Subtropical areas of South America
Noise Level: Loudly chatters while feeding, variety of shrill screeches, squawks and chatter
Food, Toys, Cages & Accessories suitable for Quaker’s

Yellow Quaker ParakeetMonk Parakeets

INTELLIGENCE

Highly intelligent and social birds. As pets, Quakers are capable of developing a vocabulary consisting of a variety of words and phrases. Domesticated Quakers have the ability to identify various objects in the English language beyond basic mimicry. Generally found to be extremely intelligent, comical, and engaging birds.

TALKING ABILITY

Considered one of the best talkers among smaller parrots. Quakers have the ability to develop a variety of words and phrases in the English language from an early age through the act of mimicry. Its ability to speak from an early age has it gaining popularity as a global favourite bird to teach to talk. Quakers can be found conversing or practicing their vocabulary independently.

FEATHER PLUCKING

Feather plucking in Quaker’s can be due to a endocrine or live disease, food allergies, poor stimulation and other various allergies. Furthermore its is important to try identify whether your bird suffers from Quaker Mutilation Syndrome, whereby your bird will do more than just pluck, and will begin to mutilate the flesh on its chest, wing webs, and thighs.

HOUSING FOR YOUR QUAKER PARROT

  • Quaker’s need a clean, warm, mentally stimulating environment.
  • A wrought-iron parrot cage, free of rust and chips is the best home for a pet quaker parrot.
  • As a rule the cage size for your Quaker should be 24” x 30” x 24”.
  • The bar spacing is very important, and should be at least 1/2” to 5/8”.
  • Keep the cage as far from any noisy or busy areas.
  • Placing your Quaker in a family centered room so they feel a part of the flock.
  • Locate it out of direct sunlight and draughts.
  • At least three different types of toys should be available to your bird in his cage at one time. A variety of swings, foraging toys, and plastic puzzle toys are perfect for their mental stimulation.
  • Allow them out of their cage on a daily basis.
  • Allow them to explore by investing in a gym or T-stand.

FEEDING & SUPPLEMENTS FOR YOUR QUAKER

  • Feed your Quaker a good quality pellet and seed diet.
  • Incorporate a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet on a daily basis.
  • Remove any uneaten fresh food after 24 hours.
  • The only necessary supplement required for a correctly fed parrot is calcium.
  • Introduce calcium into their diets with the use of a cuttlebone or calcium treat.
  • Make sure your Quaker is getting a good amount of vitamin A, which can be found in the form of red and orange fruits and vegetables.
  • Fresh clean water should be available at all times. Food and water dishes should be washed daily.
  • For optimal physiologic use of the calcium you are giving your bird, the bird should be exposed to UVB light for at least 3-4 hours a day

FACTS

The Monk Parrot has established non-indigenous populations across the United States. Furthermore they are known by several different names such as Quaker parakeets, Monk parrots and Monk parakeets.

As a result of selective breeding, Quaker parrots are now available to pet owners in a variety of beautiful colour mutations. They are all variants of the same species – Myiopsitta.

When correctly cared for, Quaker parrots can live past the age of 30 years. For this reason they are not recommended for beginner bird owners, as they are highly social and tend to form a strong bond with their owners.

Known for their high degree of intelligence, Quakers are excellent speakers. They have the ability to learn a diverse vocabulary of words and sounds. Furthermore, they are able to speak with immense clarity compared to other parrots.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. I have a blue 5 year old Quaker which is a pre-loved bird. I love him dearly but I can’t touch him with my hands. He will sit with me & he will preen me & follows me around. I haven’t had his wings clipped. His diet is awful. I give him fruit & veg (cooked & raw) but he won’t eat anything except peas. I’ve had him 3 years. Has anyone got any ideas as to his lack of a good diet?

    1. Hi Amanda,
      I can certainly help you with introducing a new diet to your little one.
      I totally agree that eating one Veg only is not enough and the diet should be more varied to provide the required nutritional value.
      Please get in touch on 0800 327 7511.
      Regards,
      Anguel

  2. I have a Quaker parrot he is such a character he’s built a nest in a basket and robs my kitchen of anything that’s shiny sometimes I think he might be a magpie. He whips my spoon out of my cup of tea for his nest he doesn’t say too much but he does so many intelligent things I actually don’t need him to talk! I love him so much he is Harley he bites me when I try to take my things back so I wait for him to go to bed to take back my stuff!

  3. Hi! Bringing home my first 28 day old female Albino Quaker on Saturday! I’m so excited! I’ve researched for over a year, and I think I’m ready! I had a peach face love bird for 22 years! I now have budgie and really hoping because she’s so young, they will get along! I have her baby food, a spoon/syringe depending on what she wants, 3 different cages (a nite nite cage, a main room cage, and an office cage! All but nite nite cage has toys, with backup rotation toys! Any advice would be great! Especially “don’t dos”!

    Thanks Payton

    1. Hi Payton,
      There are so many Dos and Don’ts but two things spring to mind straight away.
      1. Never clip your parrot’s wings. NEVER, unless recommended by a vet for health reasons.
      2. Make sure you feed them properly and a good, healthy and balanced diet. A bad diet can lead to a lot of problems later on in a bird’s life.
      Thank you for commenting.
      Parrot Essentials

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