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Quaker/Monk Parakeets – everything you wanted to know.

  • NVBirdlady (3773 posts)
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    Quaker/Monk Parakeets – everything you wanted to know.

    Quaker/Monk Parakeet – myiopsitta monachus.

    Origin: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

    Life expectancy: 25 to 30 years.

    Size: 11 to 13 inches, 127 to 140 grams.

    Description: mostly green with blue and black on outer wing feathers and tail, chest is barred with white and gray, beak is horn-colored, eyes are dark brown. There are several mutations that include green, blue, yellow, pallid, lutino, pallid blue, cinnamon blue, white and albino. Jewels is a normal green.

    These birds are inquisitive, energetic, and need interesting toys to keep them busy. They are exquisite nest builders and can be territorial around cage. See above photo. They weave and build with different items. I describe Jewels as a big bird in a small body, as this describes his intelligence and inquisitive nature.

    The Quaker Parakeet is prone to fatty liver disease, and requires a low-fat diet. A pelleted diet with fresh vegetables, fruit, and limited carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta is recommended. High fat seeds, such as safflower and sunflower should be rare. Jewels likes buckwheat, and never eats safflower or sunflower.

    The nickname comes from its baby habit of quaking its head to its toenails to beg for food or attention. Others believe the Quaker tag comes from the gray, scalloped breast feathers that resemble the bib worn by Quaker men.

    They are prolific builders, constructing woven nests from sticks and other vegetation instead of living in tree cavities or taking over abandoned nests. These nests are enormous, and house multiple Quaker families year round, rather than just during mating season and while nurturing young. Escaped Quakers have colonies in Oregon, Oklahoma, Colorado, Virginia, Connecticut, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, Montreal, Canada, and Barcelona, Spain.

    Fatty liver disease signs include obesity, an overgrown beak, dark spots on beak and toe nails, and dark green stools.

    Feather picking can become a problem for Quakers. They need intelligent stimulation to keep them busy, and encourage independent play. Also, these birds require 12 hours sleep, like other parrots in general. They love water and bathing as well.

    Quakers are illegal or severally restricted in some states because they are perceived to be a threat to agriculture, and have the ability to adapt and flourish in the wild. Here is the current standing in each state, however, the status could change while state legislatures are in session. I’m closely monitoring our state legislature for any bills related to this species, as well as federal bills related to exotic animals.

    • AK – legal, no restrictions
    • AL – legal, no restrictions
    • AZ – legal, no restrictions
    • AR – legal, no restrictions
    • CA – illegal to own or sell, no exceptions
    • CO – illegal
    • CT – illegal to own, breed, sell or transport
    • DE – legal, no restrictions
    • FL – legal, no restrictions
    • GA – prohibited as pets, breeding allowed for wholesale, restrictions
    • HI – illegal to own or sell, no exceptions
    • ID – legal, no restrictions
    • IL – legal, no restrictions
    • IN – legal, no restrictions
    • IA – legal, no restrictions
    • KS – may not be possessed or imported
    • KY – illegal to own or sell, no exceptions
    • LA – legal, no restrictions
    • ME – illegal
    • MD – legal, no restrictions
    • MA – legal, no restrictions
    • MI – legal, no restrictions
    • MN – legal, no restrictions
    • MS – legal, no restrictions
    • MT – legal, no restrictions
    • NE – legal, no restrictions
    • NV – legal, no restrictions
    • NH – importing allowed with permit and certification
    • NJ – legal via permit after strict criteria are met
    • NM – legal, no restrictions
    • NY – pet birds must be banded to be sold retail or boarded
    • NC – legal, no restrictions
    • ND – legal, no restrictions
    • OH – legal if wings are kept clipped
    • OK – legal, no restrictions
    • OR – legal, no restrictions
    • PA – illegal to own or sell, no exceptions, will euthanize
    • RI – illegal to own or sell, no exceptions
    • SC – legal, no restrictions
    • SD – legal, no restrictions
    • TN – illegal to own or sell, no exceptions
    • TX – legal, no restrictions
    • UT – legal, no restrictions
    • VT – ownership legal with no specific restrictions, must be banded or microchipped
    • VA – only closed banded Quakers are legal
    • WA – legal, no restrictions
    • WV – legal, no restrictions
    • WI – legal, no restrictions
    • WY – illegal to own or sell, no exceptions


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  • goodgirl (2180 posts)
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    1. I want one!

    But then it wouldn’t be fair….it would outlive me probably.

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    • NVBirdlady (3773 posts)
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      2. These guys are pretty incredible pets. He tries to do things like getting a hold

      of something he shouldn’t, I’m always one step ahead of him. I have to be. They are like perpetual three year olds.

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