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Quaker or Monk Parakeets – General


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"They are very active and need lots of pet safe toys and play time."

These birds are commonly referred to as Quaker Parrots, Quaker Parakeets or Monk Parakeets. There are 4 subspecies. They are native to southern South America including parts of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay, but have established feral colonies in the United States. Members of this group of birds are small to medium in size. Quakers are very self-assured, charming, highly intelligent and social birds. They are very active and need lots of pet safe toys and play time. They love spending time with their "flock" of humans and are known for their ability to talk. In captivity, they often bond closely with one person, and are very loyal pets. Most hand raised or well-socialized Quakers are quite gentle and make wonderful family pets.

 

Purchasing a Quaker Parakeet

Quakers may be purchased from a pet store or a reputable breeder. When selecting a Quakers, try to choose a young bird. Older, wild, colony or parent raised birds may prove challenging to tame. Hand raised babies often make better pets since they have been completely socialized with humans. Young birds are easier to tame and adapt readily to new environments and situations. Your new bird should be exposed early to different events (young and old people, males and females, other pets, car trips, visits to the veterinarian, etc.) to help promote a calm, well-adjusted pet. The lively, alert bird that is not easily frightened is more likely a healthy bird. After purchasing your new bird, have it examined by a veterinarian familiar with birds.

 

Veterinary Care

Quakers require regular, routine veterinary health check-ups. Your veterinarian can perform a physical examination, grooming (beak, nail or feather trim as necessary) and laboratory tests as needed. During these semi-annual check-ups, health, nutritional and maintenance issues can be identified and addressed. Veterinary check-ups help prevent disease and will aid in the maintenance of a long lasting, healthy relationship between you and your bird.

Color

Mature

Vivid green on the head, wings, and back, with a splash of whitish-grey on the face, forehead and chest. The flight feathers are dark blue, and the tail is long, tapering with a lighter green tinge on the underside of their tails. The beak is a dull orange. Breeders have created a variety of beautiful color mutations in Quakers.

Immature

Similar to the adult but grey forehead is tinged with green

Sexing

No external sex differences.

Weight

Average 2.8 - 5.3 ounces (80 - 150 grams) but average is 90-120 grams

Size

Average 11 - 12 inches (28 - 30 cm) in length

Life span

20 - 30 years

Diet

Consult your veterinarian. Also see our handout Quaker Parrots - Feeding

Breeding

Sexual maturity at 1-3 years depending on species Prolific breeders in captivity.

Brood Size

5 - 8 eggs hatch in 24 days, young leave the nest in 6 - 8 weeks

Cage

Minimum 2 ft x 2 ft x 3 ft long (60 cm x 60 cm x 90 cm) depending on species

This client information sheet is based on material written by: Rick Axelson, DVM

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