Quaker Parakeet (Monk Parakeet)
Species Name: Myiopsitta monachus
The Quaker Parakeet is one of
the most common and most sociable of all the parakeets, and it
can be distinguished from other species by its breeding habits.
In the wild, its nests, built from twigs, can be as heavy as
1235kg (27231b), with each pair having a separate compartment in
the huge structure. These birds, therefore, can breed in large
numbers, even where there are no tree holes available. Unfortunately, this talent does
not endear them to all humans, as can be evidenced by this article.
However, for others who have been introduced to the mischievous and entertaining antics of
these lovable little birds Quaker
Parakeets make wonderful companions as well attractive aviary occupants.
In a breeding situation their calls can be racuous, but it seems that tame, handfed quakers
who learn speech will prefer to talk as opposed to screaming.
Many breeders have receently begun breeding mutations of the quaker parakeet. There is currently
an attractive blue
mutation, first recorded in Belgium after 1945, which has
blue plumage in place of green, and a whitish head and chest. This mutation is well established and can be
purchased for around $1,000.
There is also a stunning cinnamon mutation, which has until
recently been very scarce, but is now being bred by several
quaker breeders, including Flying Colors
Aviary. Other mutations being attempted include a pied, a lutino, and an albino. For more information on quaker mutations, read "Those Cuddly, Colorful Quakers!"
||11-12 inches (29cm)
||DNA or surgical sexing
||It is the general
consensus of experienced breeders of captive quakers to
provide each pair with their own cage and nestbox.
Captive quakers have a tendency to "bicker"
among themselves more frequently and with greater
intensity than feral quakers, possibly due to their
confinement in regard to their captivity. Metal nestboxes
are provided, due to their insatiable chewing tendencies;
and bedding materials should be provided consisting of
twigs or pine shavings. Hens may lay up to eight eggs in
a clutch, although 6-8 is the norm.
approximately 25 days; babies that are to be handfed
should be pulled at approximately 10-14 days, preferably
before their eyes are completely open.
||Forehead has green tinge.
|Food & Housing
||Offer these birds parrot
food, cereal seeds, fruit, and greenfood. Keep them in an
aviary built of 16 SWG mesh in order to protect woodwork
from their destructive bills. If you are breeding more
than one species of birds, quakers appear to be more
prolific when housed away from other species, or
otherwise prevented from viewing other species.
|***Note: The general recommendations and
details contained herein are based upon personal experiences and
are the most commonly agreed upon by avian specialists, breeders,