The Quaker Parrot (Monk Parakeet) may be the best Parrot.

THE Quaker's speaking ability is considered by many, to be in the Top Ten of Speaking Birds. Many of the more popular Parrots, don't have much of a personality. They may speak a bit clearer, with a few more phrases, but personality? Not so much!
This little guy will keep you on your toes.................... What's that your eating? I want some!.....Where you goin'? Take me with you!!!!! I Love to sing!! Teach me a song. The Nest Building is Unique to the Quaker Parrot (monk Parakeet). Give him some materials, and watch him go!
Don't let your Shepard, or Siameese around!!! They'll be chased down the hall, by this little bundle of feathers.

The Quaker's speaking ability is astounding!

SMOOCHES' cage cover is an orange towel. He knows it as "My Baby". Time appropriate, he says, "You got my Baby", "Here's your Baby", "We go Beddie-Bie". It's now time for "Peek-a-boo".
The "Time Appropriate Speech" is rare to any "Mimicking Birds" While the Quaker does mimic many sounds , there are many things you may hear from the Quaker, You won't hear from most other Parrots.
While your washing your hands, or maybe some Vegies, "Whatcha doin'". Maybe if you leave the room, "Where ya goin'", "I Love You", "I miss You", or maybe just a "big wet kiss". We can't forget "Come 'ere"!!!!
The Quaker Parrot is definitely a "HUGE PARROT, in a TINY BODY"
If your thinking about placing a bird into your home, don't overlook "The Quaker Parrot"!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blue Quaker Parrots

The Blue Quaker

The blue Quaker was first noticed in the wild, in Belgium, in the 1950's. A well known Bird Keeper ,and breeder in England, The Duke of Bedford, had several pairs caught for him. It's believed that all blues, come from this stock.

Through the mid to late 1900's several pairs of Blue Quakers were imported to the U.S., to a couple of breeders. These breeders started selling their offspring to other breeders. This is where the abundance of Blue Quakers, in the U.S., comes from.

What Makes A Quaker Parrot Blue?

Lets discuss color for a moment. "White Light" has all colors that Human eyes can distinguish. When we see an object that appears red, what is really happening is, that object is absorbing the other colors of "White Light", and only allowing us to see the red.

Generally, we see a Quaker Parrot as green. The Quaker Parrot has a pigment gene that makes the feathers appear yellow. At the same time, a different gene gives the feathers structure. The structure of the feather has a kind of prism effect, reflecting light to appear blue. The combination of blue light, and yellow feathers, makes the Quaker appear green.

When the pigment gene is less prevalent, the blue shows more dominantly. When the structure gene is less prevalent, the yellow shows more dominantly.When both are minimally present, we have a Pallid. With both absent, we have an Albino.

This is basically were Blue Quakers, and Yellow Quakers come from. You can find more scientific data by searching something like, "avian genetics".

Take a close look at SMOOCHES' feathers. (Photo above^) He is not a Pearl, but notice how the shades of blue seem to change through out the feathers. This is very similar to what a pearl, of any color, might look like. With a Pearl, the varying shades are much more prevalent.

Some of the other varieties include Cinnamon, Pied, and Lutino


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