Information About The Quaker Parrot

As evidenced by the large body of pet ownership with this type of parrot, the Quaker parrot is among the most popular type of parrot that people decide to buy. The Quaker version of the parrot is also known as the Quaker parakeet and is especially popular among younger pet owners that are trying out their first bird. Going also by Monk or Grey-Breasted parakeet, the Quaker parrot is native to south-eastern Brazil and Argentina. It is also the most commonly available subspecies of parrot in the world and is among the most popular birds for homeowners and those wanting a lower maintenance parrot as a pet.

The Quaker is a smaller bird, basically measuring around eleven or twelve inches in length and weighing around 90 grams. It is similar in size and build to a cockatiel except that the Quaker parrot tends to have a bit of a heavier body. Generally, the Quaker is a green parrot with a little bit of pale grey on the forehead, cheeks, throat, and extending down from the throat to the chest area of the bird. The grey feathers on the parrot's chest are tipped with white, which gives the bird a speckled appearance to some. They have dark brown eyes and often have a little tinge of blue on their tail feathers.

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The Quaker parrot lives around 25 to 30 years on average. It is known as a quite hardy bird and can thrive in cold or warm climates with ease. One issue that is commonly known to be associated with these birds is fatty liver disease. This happens when the bird becomes overweight and starts to develop a package of fat around the liver. This will cause the bird an early demise in most cases, so owners are encouraged to stray from all-seed diets and other high fat foods for their birds. There is also the possibility that the bird might self-mutilate or pluck at itself. There is no known actual cause for this.

Generally, the Quaker parrot is quite reasonable in price and is an inexpensive bird to maintain as well. The normal cost of a baby Quaker is around fifty dollars, at least for the normal green baby Quaker. Some of the other more exotic blended birds can cost a little bit more, usually around two hundred dollars. The prices will vary, as with anything, depending on your location and the specifics of the bird you are going to purchase.