Quaker or Monk Parakeets: General

By Gregory Rich, DVM; Rick Axelson, DVM

These birds are commonly referred to as Quaker parrots, Quaker parakeets, or Monk parakeets. There are four subspecies. They are native to southern South America, including parts of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Uruguay, but have established feral colonies in numerous states in the USA. Members of this group of birds are small to medium in size.

"They love spending time with their "flock" of humans..."

Quaker parrots are very self-assured, charming, highly intelligent, and social birds. They are generally 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 Parrot

Quakers may be purchased from a pet store or a reputable breeder. When selecting a Quaker parrot, try to choose a young bird. Older, wild, colony- or parent- raised birds may prove challenging to tame and tend to be very nippy. Hand-raised babies often make better pets since they have been completely socialized with humans. Young birds are generally easier to tame and adapt more readily to new environments and situations. Your new bird should be exposed safely and early on 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 certainly more well adapted to change and will be less stressed about new things. After purchasing your new bird, have it examined by an avian veterinarian, as they are more familiar with pet birds, their diseases, and dietary needs.

Veterinary Care

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

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