quaker parrotScientific Name– Myiopsitta monachus

Conservation Status– Least Concern

Appearance

Weighing about 100 grams these parrots measure 29cms on average. The back is bright green with a pair of electric blue feathers at the bottom of the body above the tail feathers. The underside and the forehead are a pale grey. At the base of the tail feathers toward the back of the bird is a greeny-yellow patch. The bill is coloured orange. They have brown coloured eyes and

A range of variations have been created in the pet trade. These replace the green back feathers with blue, white and yellow.

Lifespan                                                                                  

Varying life span estimates exist ranging from 20-30 years.

Diet

The quaker parrot is an omnivore. These parrots live on a diet of seeds, fruits, buds, blossoms, grasses and insects.

When introduced near human settlements they will take sweet potato, drying meats and cereals.

Habitat

The quaker parrot is a resident of South America. They range across Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil. These parrots make their homes in open savannahs, scrub and areas of palm trees. They are more likely to be found in an area where there is a low amount of rainfall. These parrots are highly adaptable and have proven to take easily to eucalyptus trees.

Reproduction

The quaker parrot breeds between October and December. The pair of parrots will create a nest of consisting of separate chambers. Each of these chambers will save a different purpose. Generally incubation will take place in one while another is used for older chicks. 2 chambers is normal but many others may be in use.

Four to seven eggs are deposited in the nest. The parents will sit on the eggs until they hatch after 20-30 days. The chicks become mature at 1 year old.

Behaviour

Quaker parrots have a loud staccato shriek. They can also be trained to speak a wide variety of human phrases.

These birds live in flocks of a few up to a few hundred.

Quick facts

The quaker parrot is commonly kept as a pet

Feral populations occur worldwide including in the US, England, Spain and Belgium