About Quaker Parrots
Quaker parakeets are also called Monk parakeets and Quaker Parrots.
They are a medium-sized parrot with a long tail, and they are about the size of a cockatiel but a little bit stockier.
Wild Quakers are mainly green in color with grey on their chests and head. They also have blue primary flight feathers and blue under their tails. Their coloration provides excellent camouflage against the colors of their native habitat. Quaker parrots that have been domestically bred also come in other colors like light blue and yellow.
Quaker parakeets are very intelligent and have the capacity to learn a large vocabulary. In fact, they are considered one of the best talkers! They are also excellent mimics and enjoy recreating household sounds.
If properly socialized, they are friendly and affectionate. However, they can get reasonably territorial around their cages, so it is good to provide them with alternate play areas throughout the house.
One of the quirky habits of Quakers is their love of rearranging the objects in their cages just to their liking. If you move something in their cage, they will likely move it right back! They also like to weave feathers, strips of paper, and similarly pliable materials through the bars of their cages. Quakers are the interior designers of the bird world!
Origin and History
Quaker parakeets are native to South America. Specifically, they originate from Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay.
Their native habitat is semi-arid brush and savanna. Quakers are very adaptable to a wide range of climates and environments. Feral populations have been established in urban areas like New York and Chicago, where it can get very, very cold.
Flocks range in size from a few pairs up to over 100 birds. Flocks tend to be larger outside of the breeding season.
Quaker parakeets are the only parrot that builds nests using sticks and twigs. They build them high in the trees or even on the sides of cliffs. They are also the only parrot that builds communal nests holding up to 20 pairs of birds. Each pair of birds has its condo with a separate entrance and two-room living chamber.
Quakers are very prolific breeders. Clutches range in size from 4 to 8 eggs, and they can produce as many as six clutches per year.
Life Span:25 -30 yrs.
Length: 11″ (29 cm)
Weight: 4.5 – 5 oz (125 – 140 grams)
ADULT SIZE: 12 inches from beak to tail, weighing between 4 and 5 ounces
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 20 to 30 years in captivity, some even longer
Care & Feeding
Quaker parakeets are voracious chewers and will make fast work of furniture, so provide lots of chewable toys and safe branches to avoid living a bored and unhappy quaker parrot that can easily turn its destructive nature onto valuables.
Quakers need a good quality pellet diet in order to thrive properly. As seed can be used as only part of the diet, it should be balanced out with other offerings. Pellet diets (available at Pet Supplies Plus) have been carefully formulated to meet the specific needs of the pet bird, therefore properly meeting the majority of the dietary needs of your bird. Your bird should also be offered fresh vegetables (especially leafy greens), fruit and grain daily. Please see our sheet that outlines the fresh foods your pet will appreciate. Never feed your parrot chocolate, sugar, fried foods, avocado, or junk food. NOTE: Be sure to remove any fresh foods that have not been eaten within 24 hours.
Quakers are very confident and social birds by nature. 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 their exceptional talking ability.
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 younger bird owners.
The only times when Quakers are known to show aggressive tendencies is when they are neglected or their home is threatened. A bored parrot is not fun to be around and these little guys need just as much attention as the bigger birds.
Since they do take pride in their homes, they can become possessive over their cage as well. If you are introducing another Quaker to the one you already have, allow the two to get acquainted in separate cages and form a bond first. They have been known to injure “intruders” severely, even resulting in death.
If you have a dog or cat, you will also want to keep an eye on your Quaker. They can be rather fearless and try to take on even the biggest dogs. While some furry pets may be scared (or shocked) by the feathered attacker, others may not.
Quaker Parrot Colors and Markings
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 gray breast, cheeks, and throat which resembles Colonial-era Quaker clothing and how it received its common 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 is a blue hybrid Quaker parrot that was developed in the early 2000s. Breeders have also created albino, cinnamon, lutino, and pied Quakers.