Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta
monachus), more commonly known as the Quaker, attracts a loyal
following for its relatively low cost and outgoing personality. The
Quaker is mostly bright green, with a grey forehead, cheeks and chest.
Although referred to as a parakeet, its tail is short, not long. The
three subspecies are slightly smaller, have a yellower chest, or both.
The hardy Quaker is one of the few types of parrots able to survive
wild in the United States. In fact, it's illegal to own Quakers in some
states because officials fear the establishment of more wild colonies,
believed to adversely affect native bird populations.
of origin: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay
Size: Small at 10 to 12 inches long, about the size of a cockatiel, but
stockier, at up to 150 grams (about 5.5 ounces).
Acrobatic, outgoing, self-assured, can be stubborn, fairly noisy and
occasionally aggressive toward other animals and people. Appears to be
more prone to feather-pluck and self-mutilate than other small parrots.
Recommended for kids with supervision.
ability: Moderate to good, considered by some to be the best talker of
the small-to-mid-size parrots. Good imitator.
lifespan: 20-30 years.