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  • Quaker parrots cost from $300 to $600."}},"@type": "Question","name": "Where do quaker parrots come from?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Quaker parrots are originally from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay.","@type": "Question","name": "When do quaker parrots lay eggs?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Female quaker parrots are able to lay eggs once they are six months old."]}]}] .icon-garden-review-1fill:#b1dede.icon-garden-review-2fill:none;stroke:#01727a;stroke-linecap:round;stroke-linejoin:round > buttonbuttonThe Spruce PetsNewslettersClose search formOpen search formSearch DogsGetting Started

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Learn how to create a happy, healthy home for your pet.SubscribeAbout UsNewsletterContact UsEditorial GuidelinesParrots & Pet BirdsPet Bird SpeciesMedium Birds Breeds5 Interesting Facts About Quaker ParrotsByAlyson KalhagenAlyson KalhagenAlyson Kalhagen is an avian expert and writer with more than 10 years of combined professional experience as a veterinary technician and manager of a chain of successful pet stores. Her specialty is in avian behavior and socialization. Alyson owns several birds and has been featured in Bird Talk Magazine.Learn more about The Spruce Pets'Editorial ProcessUpdated on 02/16/22Reviewed byNatasha Diehl Reviewed byNatasha Diehl Instagram Dr. Diehl is a passionate veterinarian pursuing specialty medicine with over 6 years' experience with exotic pets. She now works with a team of other experienced vets to provide the best advice and care for their clients' pets.Learn more about The Spruce Pets'Veterinary Review Board RolfSt / Getty ImagesOften referred to as "clowns," quaker parrots are known for their fun-loving, comical personalities and their energetic, spunky nature. Not everyone can meet their care needs, as they prefer a lot of attention. But for the right person, a quaker parrot can make an affectionate and entertaining companion. Before you bring a quaker into your home, first it's important to fully understand this charming parrot species.

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The Quaker parrot is an intelligent, engaging bird species, and these hardy birds have adapted well to city life across the United States. Unfortunately, their popularity has placed them at odds with utility companies and agricultural officials, and several state legislatures have responded by making it illegal to have Quaker parrots as pets.

The Quaker parrot, commonly referred to as the Quaker parakeet and Monk parrot (and Myiopsitta Monachus in scientific circles), is smaller than a pigeon and larger than a sparrow, says Stephen Baldwin, owner of, a site launched in 2005 to share information about the wild Quaker Parrots of Brooklyn, New York.

Proper nutrition is commonly neglected and critically important with pet birds. You should discuss your parrot's nutritional needs with your veterinarian. Too often, owners assume they are feeding a proper diet to their bird, when in fact, they are not. Poor nutrition is a common reason for many health problems in birds. Good health depends on how well they are fed, so it is essential that bird owners are educated about what to feed their birds. Bird owners should stay in contact with their avian veterinarian to stay current on their birds' nutritional needs.

Wild Quaker parrots eat a great variety of seed types as different plants come into season. Commercially available seed and nut mixes may contain 2-5 different kinds of seeds. However, the seeds tend to be high-fat and nutrient deficient and are not the same kinds of seeds that wild birds eat. Often, these seed and nut mixes are fed as the only source of food, leading to ill health and potentially, a shortened lifespan. When offered a mixture of seeds, Quaker parrots tend to selectively eat only 1 or 2 of their favorite types of seeds and nuts. Peanuts and sunflower seeds are often chosen preferentially, however, these items are particularly high in fat and deficient in calcium, vitamin A, and other nutrients. This often leads to malnutrition.

Seeds are highly palatable and preferentially sought after, but they are quite nutritionally deficient. Seeds should only be a very small part of a balanced diet and should never be the entire diet. In addition, nuts should only be offered occasionally, as their high fat content can contribute to high blood cholesterol and the deposition of cholesterol in arteries (referred to as atherosclerosis) which can predispose birds to strokes and heart attacks. This predisposition seems to have a genetic basis in Quaker parrots, so the amount of fat in their diets should be carefully controlled. If you gradually offer fewer seeds in favor of more nutritionally balanced items, your bird will start eating other foods.

Your veterinarian can help you assess your bird's diet and its particular needs. In general, birds that are eating pellets as the basis of their diets do not need supplements. Specific vitamins or minerals may be more important at various times during a bird's life (e.g., egg laying requires calcium supplementation). Calcium supplements are available if your parrot is determined to be deficient.

The monk parakeet was described by French polymath Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, in 1780 in his Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux.[2] The bird was also illustrated in a hand-coloured plate engraved by François-Nicolas Martinet in the Planches Enluminées D'Histoire Naturelle, which was produced under the supervision of Edme-Louis Daubenton to accompany Buffon's text.[3] Neither the plate caption nor Buffon's description included a scientific name, but in 1783, Dutch naturalist Pieter Boddaert coined the binomial name Psittacus monachus in his catalogue of the Planches Enluminées.[4] As Buffon did not specify the origin of his specimen, in 1937 the American ornithologist James Peters assigned the type location as Montevideo, Uruguay.[5] The monk parakeet is now placed in the genus Myiopsitta that was introduced by French naturalist Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1854.[6][7] The genus name combines the Ancient Greek mus, muos meaning "mouse" and the New Latin psitta meaning "parrot", alluding to the mouse-grey face and underparts. The specific epithet monachus is Late Latin for a "monk".[8]

The monk parakeet is the only parrot that builds a stick nest, in a tree or on a man-made structure, rather than using a hole in a tree. This gregarious species often breeds colonially, building a single large nest with separate entrances for each pair. In the wild, the colonies can become quite large, with pairs occupying separate "apartments" in composite nests that can reach the size of a small automobile. These nests can attract many other tenants, including birds of prey such as the spot-winged falconet (Spiziapteryx circumcincta), ducks such as the yellow-billed teal (Anas flavirostris), and even mammals. Their five to 12 white eggs hatch in about 24 days.

Feral populations are often descended from very small founder populations. Being as social and intelligent as they are, monk parakeets develop some cultural traditions, namely vocal dialects that differ between groups. In populations descended from a large number of birds, a range of "dialects" exists. If the founder population is small, however, a process similar to genetic drift may occur if prominent founders vocalize in an unusual "dialect", with this particular way of vocalizing becoming established in the resulting feral colony. For example, no fewer than three different "dialects" occur among the feral monk parrots of the Milford, Connecticut, metropolitan area.[18]

Following the ban on the trade of native parrot species, local traditional bird sellers have now switched to the monk parakeet as their staple parrot, and that might have increased the number of escapees. Sometimes, the head and breast feathers of monk parakeets are dyed yellow to deceive uninformed buyers, mimicking the endangered yellow-headed amazon. The presence of this species in seven geographically distant and independent locations in Mexico indicates that the source of these individuals is most likely the pet trade.[20]

As one of the few temperate-zone parrots, the monk parakeet is more able than most to survive cold climates (partly because they build communal nests about heat-producing electrical equipment atop utility poles), and colonies exist as far north as New York City, Chicago, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Louisville, coastal Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and southwestern Washington. Edgewater, New Jersey has had a colony since 1980.[25] This hardiness makes this species second only to the rose-ringed parakeet among parrots as a successful introduced species. 041b061a72

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