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Quaker Moments

By Laura Doering

Laura Doering is the editor of BIRD TALK Magazine and 
Editor Laura Doering with her nanday conure, Ollie.

I’ve met my share of awesome birds during my tenure here at BIRD TALK. — hyacinth macaws, palm cockatoos, rare lories, even those prehistoric looking turacos and crazy hornbills. There’s one bird, however, that makes me feel like I’m meeting a celebrity whenever I have the good fortune of coming across one — a quaker parrot

You see, we Californians can’t share our homes with quaker parrots because we are one of the outlaw states. (Check out  the article “The Persecuted Parrot.") So here I am, year after year, selecting cute quaker parrot photos and hearing quaker parrot owners talk about how smart, funny and talkative their birds are — basically feeling like I know quakers but never getting to see one. That’s why I was so excited a couple years ago at the National Cage Bird Show when it was in Michigan. I met a wonderful lady who had a young quaker parrot cradled in her hands. I swear it was like one of those movie star-encounter moments; when you happen upon a celebrity in public (not too unusual when you’re in Los Angeles), and you have that bewildered thought, “How do I know that person? ... Oh yeah, they’re from that movie.”

“Hmmm, how do I know that bird? ...” It took a second for recognition to set in, “oh yeah, a quaker parrot!” This youngster was only 6 weeks old and, according to his person, had already started saying, “Hello.” I was smitten, but it was bittersweet, because I realized that I would have to wait until another trip out of my state before I could cozy up to a quaker parrot. If you’re one of the lucky ones, please give yours a head scratch for me!

 **For the full issue, pick up the November 2010 issue of BIRD TALK at your local retailer or by purchasing a PDF download here.**

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I did not get a chance to read the whole article but I feel the same way. We researched many birds before we decided on a Quaker and he has won our hearts. Very smart and funny. He says about 6 or 7 things and he is only 4 months old. You say it and he says it! He also loves to imitate noises and his favorite is the Swing band channel we leave on for him when we are gone. He is a joy :)
Julie, Oswego, IL
Posted: 10/12/2010 2:35:19 PM
I am the proud owner of a 5 mo old blue Quaker he is a doll and I am so in love with him/her--no way I will make this baby bleed to see what sex it is.Don't care I have had all kinds of birds through the years 25 now to be exact-and my baby blue is the best !
Gretchen, Hodgen, OK
Posted: 10/4/2010 11:33:43 AM
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