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

Lists of Healthy and Toxic Foods


Quaker Parrots love a wide variety of food.

The best diet for your Quaker Parrot is Pellets. They are formulated to give your Quaker his Vitamin and Mineral needs. The Pellets can be supplemented with a small amount of seed, and a wide variety of Human Foods.

Here are some examples of Safe and Toxic Foods

Safe Fruits

                 Many Fruit Seeds are Toxic to Parrots. It's best to avoid all fruit seeds and pits.
 apples  apricots  bananas
 blackberries blueberries cherries
 cranberries dates figs
 gooseberries grapes guava
 honeydew kiwi litchi
 mangos nectarines oranges
 papaya peaches pears
 pineapple plums pomegranate
 rasberries strawberries tangerines

Safe Vegetables

 artichoke  beans cooked well bean sprouts
 broccoli brussle sprouts carrots
 cauliflower cabbage celery
 corn cucumber eggplant  no greens
 endive fennel green beans
 lettuce parsley peas and pod
 peppers bell/hot potatoes cooked pumpkin
 pumpkin seeds radish spinach
 sweet potato cooked turnips yams

Unhealthy or Toxic Foods for Your Parrot

Never allow your bird, parrot to eat from your mouth! Humans, readily have the E-coli Virus in our mouths. Humans have a natural immunity to the virus, birds have no such immunity. Our saliva can make them very sick, and possibly be Fatal.


These are foods your Parrot can not, should not have.

  Your Parrots Diet Should Be Low or Absent of Fat, Sugar, and Salt. Salt can lead to circulatory, digestive, and heart problems. Sugar turns to fat. Fat leads to Fatty Liver Disease. All of which, can lead to sickness, and early death. Most fruits have a high level of sugar. Keep the portions small, and limit them to 1-3 times a week.

 apple seeds apricot pits asparagus
 avocado butter caffeine
 carbonated beverages cherry pits chocolate
 dry beans  dried fruits with preservatives eggplant
 gatorade milk/dairy keep to minimum, low fat, no sugar olives
 onions raw, cooked, green raw peanuts rhubarb
  tomatoes minimum no seeds/greens

Meats Should Always Be Low-fat and Cooked Well. Try to Keep Spices to a Minimum, although, many birds seem to love, and tolerate, hot peppers, such as, Jalapenos. 

 any, and all  beef chicken
 pork no fat seafood eggs cooked well

A Few Other Parrots Favorite Foods

Parrots seem to be fond of wheat, grains, and oats. A simple rule applies here. "If It's Not Good For You, It's Bad For Your Bird"!!!!!! Keep it to a minimum.
Always avoid "WHITE". Stick with whole grains, whole wheats, rhye, etc. Dry cereals, such as, cheerios, life, and oatmeal (warm) are big favorites.
Many people use Cheerios as a training tool. Like you would use your dog's favorite food, to teach him a new trick.
Breads should always be toasted. Not burned, but dark. Pasta fully cooked. Rice, the same tenderness you like.
Low-fat yogurts and cheeses are a nice treat. Again, keep it to a minimum!!

Toxic To Birds

Some Fruit Seeds and Pits have small levels of Cyanide. Cyanide Poisoning usually begins with vomiting, and diarrhea. As the poisoning deepens, comes seizures, paralysis, and eventually death. The best policy is, avoid all fruit seeds and pits.
Chocolate is equally poisonous, with about the same symptoms, and outcome.
Onions have been found to cause a severe digestive problem in some birds. Some of the symptoms include, vomiting, diarrhea, and several other digestive situations. Some cases have resulted in anemic respiratory failure, and death.
Birds do not have the natural enzymes to break down dairy products. While a SMALL amount of Low-fat cheese, or yogurt won't harm your pet, a large amount could!!
Mushrooms are a fungus, not normal to the Parrots' diet. They can cause digestive distress, liver failure, and even death.
Tomatoes can be a nice treat for your fid. The vines, and leaves of the plant can be lethal. A small amount of meat from the tomato is a nice treat, but as always, NO FRUIT SEEDS. (just a reminder: TOMATOES ARE FRUIT)
Alcohol can cause a total shut down of internal organs. FATAL!!!!!
Tobacco/marijuana is very unhealthy for us. Imagine what it might do to those tiny lungs, and brains. BAD!!!!!!!!!!!
Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. Birds hearts already beat at hundreds of times per minute. Caffeine only accents those rates. HEART ATTACK!!!!!!!!!NO CAFEINE!!!!!!!
Some believe the avocado skin and pit are to blame, others think it's the whole fruit. Most agree, just avoid the whole thing!!!!!
Uncooked hard beans contain a  lethal poison to birds. Hemaglutin can be eliminated with proper cooking, but can be lethal, if beans are fed to your pet raw.
These lists do not include all things SAFE or TOXIC  to your fid. They are only meant to give you a fare start to the care of your companion.
A good rule of thumb, if you think it might be harmful, it probably is!!!!
Good Luck, and take great care of your fid!!!!!!!
Take a look at my pages on Toxic, Non-Toxic Plants and Trees, and Toxic Chemicals.



  1. I have just adopted a Quaker who's human parents were shot. Not having had anything to do with a pet bird, (I work with chickens), your site is providing me with valuable resources to ensure my guy has a happy, healthy life - thanks so much!

  2. thanks for the help i am going away for theweekend and i need to give the people looking after my quaker a list of all the foods he can and cant have and i dont know it all as i like to stick to the safe stuff .i got a food list on another site that says onions and tomatoes are okay for birds but i know its not true so thanks again for the help.



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