The Quaker parrot, also known as the Monk parakeet, is a species of right parrot in the family Psittacidae.
Quaker Parakeets are very social and known for their clownish behavior. Most of these intelligent birds can learn to speak, but not all will. They have a life span of 25-30 years.
Quaker Parakeets are very social and need daily human interaction and socializing. They can become very loud and persistent when they're ignored. These birds often bond with one person and can become quite territorial.
We feed our Quakers on a pellet diet, as the variety of nutrients they require is present in each pellet and is harder to regulate with a seed diet. In addition to a pellet diet, Quakers should be offered chopped dark green and yellow veggies and a variety of fruits, hard-cooked eggs, and grated cheese. Remember to remove fresh foods after two hours to prevent them from spoiling.
Ideally, cages should be about 18" long, 18" high, and 22" wide. Perches are a necessary addition to any parakeet cage. Remember to use perches that are the correct size for your bird's feet. If they are too large, the bird will not be able to easily grip the perch and could be injured. Providing a variety of shapes and textures of perches will help exercise a Quaker's feet. The placement of perches is also essential. Try to strategically place them, so droppings do not contaminate the food or water, and to keep the tail from hanging in the water dish. Toys such as climbing ladders, ropes, and bells can help keep your parakeet entertained.
Handling your Quaker Parakeet
It is easiest to begin hand taming with a young bird. You will need to experiment to find a treat that your bird enjoys. If your bird is scared of your hand being near the cage, start by feeding it treats through the bars to coax it near you. It may take some time for your Quaker to learn to trust you and understand that you do not intend to hurt it. Once the bird has become accustomed to you, you can use the same process to tame it to sit on your hand. Remember that Quakers are larger birds and have sharp beaks that can hurt if they are inclined to bite. Take extra care when allowing children to interact with them.