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

Monk Parakeet (Quaker Parrot)

About The MONK PARAKEET......

Facts and Info

MONK PARAKEET....Myiopsitta monachus

originates from South America. Specifically, ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, PARAGUAY, and URUGUAY.

The "QUAKER" parrot was transported to the US, and parts of EUROPE, through the '70's, '80's, and less in the '90's, to present. Wild "MONKS" through-out the AMERICAS, and EUROPE, it is believed, are due to "shipments being lost, and or opened", "the release of unwanted pets", or the "escape of pets".


The "FERAL" MONKS can generally be found in low-lying areas, around cities, or suburbs. (MONKS seem to love being near HUMANS, not likely to be found out in the wild). Monk Parakeets generally make their homes in trees, although, it's not uncommon to find them nesting in utility poles. For this , and other reasons, they have been banned from some STATES.

Parakeets, budgies, and a few others are all of the Parrot family. Because of it’s size and long tail, the Monk is generally referred to as, a Parakeet. Monk Parrots are known for their ability to mimic sounds, and human speech. While the Monk’s speech, may not be as clear as the "AFRICAN GREY", or some of the "AMAZONS", the Monk is considered to be in "THE TOP TEN SPEAKING BIRDS".

The MONK is mostly green. The forehead, chin, breast, and belly, have varying shades of gray to blue-gray.The flight feathers, and the underside of the tail, are usually a deep blue. The under-belly,thighs, and sometimes upper-inner-shoulders are a pale yellow-green.The beak is yellowish-brown. The legs are gray, and the iris is dark brown.

The name “MONK”, may have come from their resemblance to a Monk Priest with his long white beard, and his hood pulled over his head. The name “QUAKER”, Many think, comes from the young chick’s occasional, uncontrollable shaking, or “Quaking”.

The MONK is a fun loving, energetic creature. MONKS love their toys, swings, bells, etc.

MONKS need to be kept occupied. Spend as much time with your MONK as you can!! Placing his cage where the family is, most often, will help to make him a more social family member.

The Monk requires constant stimulus. Moving toys, and exchanging toys will keep him on his toes.

He will destroy his toys. The ones most destroyed, are probably favorites. Replace
those with similar, but not the same. These minor changes will keep the brain, and body active. Spend time with your MONK. The more time you spend playing, and talking, the more he will want to spend with you, playing , and talking. While the MONK is a very "socialistic creature",
in nature, it can be very "anti-socialistic" in captivity. The MONK can take over the “ROOST”. "DON'T REACH INTO MY CAGE!!!", "DON'T TOUCH MY TOYS", "DON'T TOUCH MY FOOD/WATER", etc............. His cage is his “HOME”. He will defend it at “ALL COSTS”.

This little guy can “TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE", if you let him. On the other hand, this
little bundle of feathers can bring such joy into your life........ Middle of the day, when he thinks he‘s alone, he'll start saying everything he knows to say............jabber, jabber. It's a real riot, sometimes hysterical. Talking, singing, whistling........Just hide around the corner. It’s possible you’ll here him say something, you never heard him say before!!! The more time and love you
spend with your new companion, the more time and love he will give to you!!!

Did I mention adopt? Many Parrots grow to a very old age, and lose their companions. Please consider adoption!!!!


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