The Quaker Parrot or Myiopsitta monachus is native to South America. They live in open forests and scrub and along watercourses and have also adapted so well to cultivated areas they are often considered as pests. Feral colonies of these birds have taken up residence in many parts of the USA and in some states are now banned.
The Quaker Parrot, also commonly called the Monk Parrot was originally named because of its feather pattern. The bibbed area of the facial feathers resembled the old costumes of the Quakers. Their main plumage is green in colour and varies from a vibrant yellow green to a more subtle olive shade. The forehead, cheeks, throat and breast are all grey shades. The outer flight feathers and tail show some blue colouration. They have grey eye rings, a brownish beak and grey feet. There is also a blue mutation of this bird available that has shades of blue replacing the green.
Although measuring around 12 inches in length these little parrots are far from small in personality. They are very social birds and make terrific pets being very playful and cheeky. They are very vocal and can become good talkers. There natural sound is a very raspy-like warble and they can be quite noisy if they get bored or are not well-socialised. They are very devoted pets and bond extremely well with their human ‘flock’. If kept in good health these birds can be affectionate entertaining members of a family for up to 30 years. Their inquisitive, cheeky, playful nature would endear them to any pet owner.
The Quaker parrot has similar health requirements to most others and loves branches and sticks to chew as well. A good balanced diet consisting of seed, pellets and fresh foods will keep your bird in good health. Combine this with regular interaction and lots of toys and entertainment and your Quaker will become a solid family member that will delight any household for years.