The Quaker Parrot
Quaker parrots 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 very popular pet, good for dedicated beginners, and adapt well to living in a "human flock" setting.
Native to a small portion of South America, the Quaker parrot's range extends from central Bolivia and southern Brazil into parts of central Argentina. They typically live in the woodlands and are known for building strong community bonds.
The most interesting habit of wild Quakers is that they are the only parrot to build nests. While other species will find tree cavities to call home, these birds spend a lot of time creating elaborate dwellings from twigs and branches. Their nests even have multiple rooms, one for the eggs and another where young chicks will move to make room for more eggs.
The Quaker is a very hardy bird and can survive life in cold climates. Because of this, as well as their prolific breeding, feral colonies of Quakers have been spotted in many urban areas throughout the world, including the United States. They travel in small flocks and build their condos in some of the oddest of places such as the tops of power line poles.
The most interesting habit of wild Quakers is that they are the only parrot to build nests.
The normal colors of an adult Quaker are a vivid green on the head, wings, and back. The bird's most distinguishing feature is the grey breast, cheeks, and throat. Captive breeding programs have produced a variety of beautiful color mutations, one of the most popular is a blue hybrid that was developed in the early 2000s. Breeders have also created albino, cinnamon, lutino, and pied Quakers.
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. A bath inside the cage should be considered a must with this bird and acts as another form of entertainment. In captivity, they tend to bond very closely with one person and are known for their loyal nature. Most handfed Quakers are quite gentle and many make wonderful pets for seasoned bird owners and novice alike.
The normal color of Quakers is green. The blue hybrid was developed in the early 2000s.
Quakers are known to be extremely good eaters and their diet should mimic the fruits, vegetables, and nuts they eat in the wild. They thrive on fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and healthy table food. Root vegetables, peppers, and colorful produce are critical in their diets.
A Quaker parrot can live 20 to 30 years in captivity. Some individuals can live even longer.
Handfed Quakers are quite gentle and many make wonderful pets.