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Adaptable Birds.  Although these guys and gals originally came from the jungles of Brasil and nearby countries, they don't need a jungle, or even warm weather.  They've escaped and colonized in our warmer U.S. states.   By the way, some people call them Monk parrots -- look at their Latin name.

Nice Size.  Quakers grow about the same size as a cockatiel minus the long tail feathers.  They also weigh at least twice as much and can bite at least twice as hard.

Appearance.  Quakers look like your basic green parrot with a grey chest plus a bit of blue trim.  They also come in blue, lutino (yellow) and other colors.  These non-greens cost quite a bit more.  

Personality.  Hand-fed quakers love to be handled.  They also like to walk around the room and let your other pets know who's boss.

Talkers.  Most quakers start learning to talk at about six months of age.  Bird experts put them in the list of top ten talkers.  The more you talk to them, the better they learn to talk.  They also learn best from women.  Quakers identify with their higher pitched voices.

Lighting Needs.  Most birds stay healthier when you provide full-spectrum lighting.  They also show truer colors.

Vitamins.  If you convert your quaker parrot to pellets, it won't need vitamins or other supplements.  Quakers on a seed diet often pick out their favorites and ignore the rest -- or throw them on your floor.

Cage Skirt.  Some don't ignore their uneaten seeds.  They like to pick them up and see how far they can flip them.  A cage skirt will cut out about 90% of their mess. Yes, they may eventually chew thru their cage skirt.


Most Parakeets Start Wild.  When you first take your new parakeet home, expect him to be terrified of you.  This fear, anxiety, and stress make him bite and attempt to fly away.  You need to earn his trust before he will accept you.

Reassure your parakeet in a calm voice and with slow movements.  Talk to him and he?ll soon talk back to you.  As his trust in you grows, he?ll even learn to talk your language.

Short training sessions every day work best.  Say the same phrase over and over and over and...  Stick with one phrase until he?s got it down pat.  Then add a new one.

Keets learn best from women and children.  Parakeets find it easier to imitate the pitch of their voices.  In addition to talking, keets learn to hop from finger to finger, kiss and nibble, flex their wings on command, pull a wagon, lift ?barbells,? lie on their back in your hand, and climb ladders to ring bells.


Cockaties Love People. They?ll eat out of your hand, sit on your shoulder, and nuzzle your ear for attention.  Once you train your cockatiel, you?ve got a buddy for life.

Clip One Wing.  Eagles make poor pets because they always want to fly away.  If you don?t clip one of your cockatiel?s wings, he?ll think he?s a little eagle and fly away.  Wing clipping is half the training battle.  A flightless bird learns much faster.  And he won?t be zooming out the nearest open door or window.  Clip one wing only.  Leave the last two feathers.  When you leave the last two feathers he doesn?t look chopped.