28 May Quaker Parrots
Quaker parrots, also known as Monk Parakeets, originate from central Bolivia and southern Brazil to central Argentina. They are smart, good talkers, can be territorial and have a lot of attitude. They are controversial because of their ability to adapt and acclimatize to different climates. They can thrive and survive in cold, hostile climates because they build warm and sturdy nests.
In the wild the huge stick nests built by Quaker parrots serve as their homes, not just for raising their young, but also as a place to live all year around. Each nest has multiple chambers that house multiple families. Each family’s apartment is divided into multiple rooms that serve as nursery, play room and living room for the entire family.
Those who watch Quakers in the wild observe that specific birds within the flock specialize in specific tasks. Some are sentinels who warn the flock of impending danger, some are hunter-gatherers who bring food to the nest and other specialize in building the community nests.
If you are an owner of a “construction” Quaker it is fascinating to watch it building or weaving. Those Quakers that serve as “builders” in the flock dynamic, work constantly at practicing their craft in their cages and extended living areas. According to observations from other Quaker owners, both male and female Quakers build.
The need to build is a powerful force in the DNA of some Quaker parrots. Spring and late summer into fall are prime times for nearly full time building, even with companion birds. This makes sense because spring is the time for starting families and late summer is time to prepare for the cold winter. During these peak building seasons they spend most of their time being a bird than at other times. Their use of human language is less frequent and they spend most of their time in the cage.
To watch a Quaker is a wonder on its own. It brings the wild world into your house. It is a fascinating and delightful experience.