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Quaker Parrots

Quaker parrots are also known as Monk parrots. They are also called Quaker parakeets or Monk parakeets. Parakeet is the name often given to describe parrots with long pointed tails.

Endearing Characteristics:

Although not known to be quite as skilled at mimicry as an African grey parrot or Amazon, many Quaker parrots are known to talk.  In the Best Talking Parrot Contest, one of the parrots who spoke with great clarity was a Quaker parrot was Pluto who learned to say “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."

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Pluto the Quaker parrot says “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"

Like many parrot species, Quaker parrots can form close bonds with people. Many enjoy snuggling into their human companion’s neck.

Interesting Facts and Quirks:
Quaker parrots are famous for having established flocks in the United States. Flocks can be seen in New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey and Illinois. Quaker parrots are colony nesters. This means they make giant nests and many birds occupy cavities within that next. The nests have become a problem in some areas because they are often situated on transformers. Quaker nests have lead to power outages when the nest became too large.

There is a great deal of controversy about the introduced birds. Some want to eradicate the species while others feel strongly they should be allowed to thrive as they seemed to have adapted to the environment. Others see the wild parrots as a way to encourage more enthusiasm for bird watching in general.

Because of their adaptability to living in the wild in North America some states do not allow Quakers to be kept as pets. Before exploring the option of sharing your home with a Quaker parrot check with your local avian professionals to ensure it is allowed in your area.

Potential Behavior Problems:
The drive for a Quaker parrot to build a nest can be very strong. Quaker parrots will gather paper, cloth, string, feathers, etc and weave it throughout the bars of their cages to build a magnificent structure. This means household items may be claimed as nesting material. Once the nest is underway it can also lead to aggressive behavior related to territory.

Similar to other species of parrots this type of aggressive behavior can be reduced by avoiding mate like pairings with other birds or people, monitoring your parrot’s light cycles, reducing high fat items in the diet and focusing on training cooperation using positive reinforcement. Learn more about aggressive behavior from the book The Parrot Problem Solver. To learn how to train your parrot with positive reinforcement try the DVDs Parrot Behavior and Training. An Introduction to Training and The Basics of Parrot Training. A Live Workshop.

Quaker Parrot Training Example:
Quaker parrots are excellent training subjects and are capable of learning a wide variety of behaviors.

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Parrot trainer Steve Kuehl shows the elaborate training he has done with his
Quaker parrot Max. You can see more videos of Max on YouTube

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