Quakers are play and curious small parrots. They also make good companion pets. They enjoy having a secure nest for playing and roosting, but can become aggressive when defending their territory. They are excellent nest builders and will enjoy shredding paper. These are highly energetic and intelligent pet birds that need plenty of playtime and interaction. Quakers can bond more closely to one person in the household. They can also screech for the person it favors if he or she is not in the room, so socialize your quaker with all family members to avoid potential behavioral problems. Quakers are known for becoming familiar with the daily routines of the people in their environment and often respond accordingly to the situation, such as knowing when their owner is going to work and saying, “Bye.” A mutation, such as color or pattern, occurs naturally. However, bird breeders can breed for certain traits, and they have been breeding for different color mutations in quakers since the 1940s, which occurred in Belgium. Quakers have been bred since 1867, with the first breeding occurring in Vienna.. The quaker normal color is bright green. There is also a blue mutation, which has a slate gray chest and forehead, plus dark blue flight and tail feathers. There are 12 color mutations in total with more in the future. Others are albino, pallid, cinnamon, aqua, fallow, yellow, lutino, pallid blue, cinnamon blue and white.
In the wild, quakers are prolific nest builders, so in captivity they often become protective of their cage, food dish or homemade nest. Behavior such as territoriality, screeching and other quaker quirks can be modified if owners are consistent about training with their bird. Quakers are also prone to destructive behaviors such as feather picking or self-mutilation, so owners should provide plenty of interaction, socialization and training to minimize these tendencies. Quakers can develop fatty-liver disease, so limit sunflower or safflower seed intake. Offer sprouted seeds, cooked whole grains and pastas and vegetables for a healthy quaker diet.
“Very intelligent, highly social, and demand to be a part of your daily activities. Very vocal with an amazing ability to talk. They are very active, yet they love to cuddle. The gems of the parrot world, they are large in personality, although not among the larger parrots in stature.”
Vern Gildhouse, Quaker breeder