The Quaker Parrot has a big parrot personality packed in a little body.
See pictures and read stories written by Quaker Parrot owners and learn how to avoid behavior problems.
This bird is also sometimes known as the Monk Parrot/Parakeet or Grey-Breasted Parakeet.
Their crown is grayish-blue, their cheeks, throat and chest are a pale gray, and their back and wings are a beautiful green. Some blue is in their tail and flight feathers. They have a pretty light orange beak and dark eyes.
There are several mutations available such as the common blue along with the lutino, pied, albino, cinnamon and cinnamon-blue.
Personality and behavior
The Quaker Parrot, like conures, are always on the go. You can find them hanging with one foot on one toy while the other foot is on another toy while attacking yet another toy. They will play for hours swinging from toys and attacking toys. They are very intelligent and many love puzzle toys. They are very entertaining and very vocal by nature.
Many Quakers have sizeable vocabularies, picking up words and phrases that weren’t even intended for them to learn. There are never any guarantees that a bird will talk, but if you spend quality time with your companion parrot you will have more of chance for a talker. Read our Parrot Training page for more information.
The Quaker parrot have the ability to make loud noises. Some are noisier and louder than others. Much of it depends on how many birds you have and the amount of attention you give your birds. Since there are no guarantees, it is best that you carefully consider this if you live in an apartment.
It should be noted, that any parrot may become nippy or aggressive. The Quaker Parrot has been noted to be aggressive towards other parrots and sometimes nippy with their owners. You can help your parrot control this behavior for the most part.
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Another factor to consider is boredom. You need to provide plenty of toys for your Quaker parrot to attack and also some to destroy. We have some toys at competitive prices on our Parrot Bird Toy page.
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You should provide no more than 70 - 80 percent of the Quaker diet with top-quality pellets. We like the Totally Organics Pellets because they are 100% organic and they don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also like Harrison's Organic Pellets.
I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.
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The other 20 - 30 percent of their diet should consist of some seed blend along with dehydrated or fresh colorful vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!
CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your Quaker Parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).
Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. Who knows what has been fed and sprayed on all that other stuff!
No matter what the pellet manufacturers want you to believe, parrots that have a variety of fresh healthy foods are much happier and healthier.
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When fresh fruits and vegetables are not possible, dehydrated fruits and vegetables are great! Many birds love to crunch on dried fruits and veggies.
The best thing about them is that they don't spoil, so you can leave them in the cage for hours or even days. This is handy when you are trying to get them to accept fruits and veggies.
When you are going to be home with your Quaker parrot, you can moisten them with warm water to provide fresh-like fruits and veggies. Boy does this come in handy when you are traveling or on an outing!
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We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.
Do invest in a water bottle. You will avoid lots of potential health problems by insuring they have clean water to drink that hasn’t been bathed and pooped in.
If your Quaker parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.
Lixit makes a glass water bottle that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on the cage if you are worried about safety. (Some birds get their foot or beak stuck in the spring attachment on other bottles.)
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The Quaker Parrot needs a lot of room to climb and play. They need lots and lots of toys and they need to be rotated out so they don’t get bored.
Consider getting a cage with a playpen on top for them to play on when you are home. The more room they have the happier they will be.
A large cockatiel cage, about 18x18x24, will do for a single Quaker Parrot, but you should have a larger cage for two birds. If they are going to be home alone all day, they need enough room for a variety of toys and room to swing and play between them.
Some will argue with me and say that they should be in a small cage so that they will be happy to get out and play with you. We have not found that to be an issue with our birds.
If your family becomes its flock, because you are spending quality time with it, the bird will want to come out and be with you. A large cage will not change his love for you in my opinion.
Cages for Vet Visits and Outings
You need to consider what type of carrier you will use for transporting your Quaker Parrot in. You never know if you might break down or may decide to take your Quaker parrot with you on a trip. Purchase a comfortable cage for these occasions.
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Quaker Parrot Stories written by their owners
Click on a picture below to read informational Quaker Parrot stories written by their owners. You will want to read all of them! Have fun.
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