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5 Reasons Quaker Parrots Make Great Family Pets

Find out why the pint-sized and affectionate quaker parrot would make a great pet for you and your family.

Thomas Hill

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Quaker parrots can be taught tricks. Watch Sparx do a number of cool bird tricks in this video.

Native to South America, quaker parrots are commonly found throughout the United States. Here’s 5 ways quaker parrots makes great family pets.

1) Quaker Parrots Love to Chat
According to Jamie Whittaker of ABC Birds in Humble, Texas, quaker parrots speak well. They are able to learn a lot of human words. As she puts it, "it’s kind of one of their endearing qualities,” which makes them a great pet for the entire family. Some quakers can speak up to 500 words, potentially more, depending on the individual parrot.  

2) Quaker Parrots Love Affection
While some birds may be reluctant to accept affection, Whittaker explained that, "quakers are pretty good about being touched all around their entire body.” Quakers enjoy being scratched behind their head, being held and "snuggling around your chin,” explained Whittaker.Quaker parrot

3) Quaker Parrots are "Pint Sized”
Approximately the same size as a cockatiel, quakers are the perfect size for all members of the family. Whittaker mentioned they are about 12 inches in length, weigh between 100 to 200 grams, and "are one of the less expensive parrots available.” Nationwide prices range from $150 to $200 or $350 at most, according to Whittaker.

They don’t need large cages are not an absolute necessity, with 18 by 18 inch cage recommended as the smallest size (but if you can, a bigger cage is always better).     

4) Bonding? No Problem
Although quakers may bond with their favorite family member, especially when going in and out of a cage, for example, Whittaker explained that this species will "interact with everyone as long as everybody is interested in the bird.”

5) Quakers Are Hearty
Generally speaking, Whittaker explained that quakers are a "hearty” parrot species. Living up to 30 years, quakers can provide a family a generation or more of enjoyment. However, there are exceptions to every rule and it is wise to understand when your quaker may be feeling under the weather. 

Please Note:  If you are considering adopting a quaker parrot as a family pet, please make sure it is legal to adopt this parrot species. Due to concerns that quakers may damage crops, they are is illegal to sell and own in 10 states including California, Wyoming, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Quaker ownership may be permitted in all other states; however, individual states may have restrictions on selling, adoption and ownership.

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Posted: June 17, 2014, 12:00 p.m. PDT

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I love Bobby my quaker. He loves to chatter and knows lots of words. They're very intelligent and it an be challenging keeping his beak out of mischief. I would say they're a little bigger than cockatiels (I have 2), stockier and heavier beaks that can do more damage. They need lots of toys and socialization. I adopted Bob from a sanctuary when he was 4. He'd already been through 4 homes so they aren't birds for everyone. They can be very territorial and usually have a favourite person.
Cheryl, International
Posted: 6/20/2014 10:52:13 AM
I had owned budgies all of my life, but Mickey, my Quaker, was my first parrot. I am glad that I waited until I retired to buy a parrot because he relishes a lot of attention. Mickey is the sweetest and the smartest bird I have ever had. I had budgies that would speak more aloud, but Mickey is a closet talker. He has a huge vocabulary because he gives a chirp of recognition whenever I say a word he knows (usually the name of a food he likes), but he speaks in my presence only on rare occasions. He will clearly and loudly call, "Baby Birdie" when I am not in the same room as he is when he wants to attract my attention, and he can say many animal noises as well. I have found Mickey to be very trusting and adaptable. I lived alone when I first had Mickey, and then my sister who has Alzheimer's came to live with us. Recently we moved to another city to live with my nephew, and with a little initial anxiety, Mickey has adapted to a new household and an expansion of his flock. Mickey is the centre of attention whoever he lives with.
Wendy, International
Posted: 6/19/2014 2:19:55 PM
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