Last Updated on November 8, 2023 by Ali Shahid
As indicated by the name, the Blue Quaker parrot is a color variation or mutation of the popular Quaker parrot. It is a recessive trait means the offspring needs blue genes from both parents to exhibit blue colors. This blue mutation is the most common and popular mutation of Quaker parakeets worldwide.
The clown bird is here to entertain and engage anyone on its list of favorite people. With each passing day, you will grow to love this bird more and more. Furthermore, the parrot has a truly unique personality that is unmatched by birds twice its size.
Blue Quaker Parrot
The blue Quaker parrot is not only a prolific talker, but he also performs humorous antics. In fact, Blue Quaker parrots are cost-effective alternatives to expensive Macaws and African Greys due to their intelligence and excellent talking abilities.
A Blue Quaker parrot may be the best choice if you don’t have much money to spend and want a parrot that is as intelligent and talkative as an African Grey or Macaw. However, these parrots are illegal in some states like California and Colorado, etc.
So, make sure to check your local laws before buying a Blue Quaker parrot. Keep reading to learn more about the Blue Quaker Parrot and whether it will work well in your home to help you decide if it is right for you.
|Overview of Blue Quaker Parrot|
|Scientific Name||Myiopsitta monachus|
|Common Name||Blue Quaker Parrot, Blue Quaker Parakeet, Blue Monk Parakeet|
|Personality||Friendly, Playful, Active, can be territorial|
|Number of eggs||4-7 Eggs|
|Lifespan||More than 20 Years|
|IUCN Status||Least Concern|
Origin and History
Blue Quaker parrots are reported to have originated in Belgium in 1940, but there is no evidence that this is the case. However, one thing is certain: the Quaker parrot can be found in a small area of South America, extending from Bolivia to southern Brazil and Argentina.
In South America, this bird lives in dry savannas and scattered woodlands between 6,000 and 7,000 feet. The Quaker Parakeet was introduced to the United States in the 1960s as a result of pet birds being released or escaping.
Recent years have seen their numbers rise, and they can now be found in several cities. Today, Quaker parrots are found in many parts of the world, including Asia, Europe, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
According to numerous studies, only these parrots are capable of building nests. To build their homes, they spend a considerable amount of time gathering branches and twigs. They sometimes build multiple-roomed nests.
Often, Quaker flocks construct nests adjacent to one another to establish communities. There is a wide range of sizes available to nest communities, ranging from the size of a small car to that of a compact car.
Several states prohibit these parrots because they compete with local birds, attack crops, and are highly prolific.
In terms of size, the Blue Quaker Parakeet measures approximately 11 inches from beak to tail and weighs around 3.5 ounces (100 grams). Usually, these birds do not reach this size, even the Green Quakers which are a little larger than these birds.
Nonetheless, the weight of a wild Quaker parrot can range between 127 and 140 grams. Since Quakers are monomorphic, only DNA or feather testing is reliable for identifying males and females.
Normally female Quakers are usually smaller than males, but this is not always applicable when identifying the gender.
Blue Quaker parrots have unique plumage that can readily be distinguished from Green Quaker parrots. The back and wings of this bird are light blue. In addition, this color extends to the long, tapered tail.
Its breast, forehead, and underwings are bluish-gray. In addition, this bird has an orange-yellow beak and black eyes surrounded by a white eye-ring.
Blue Quakers are known for their large personality, which is uncommon among birds of this size. They enjoy being the center of attention and follow their owner wherever he or she goes. Additionally, lovable, funny, intelligent, and affectionate, this bird can show off its playful side.
Blue monk parrots make excellent pets. They bond easily with their owners and remain affectionate. Having a friendly personality is a good choice for families with children. In addition, the blue parakeet is beautiful as well as intelligent.
During domestication, the pet is capable of learning a variety of hilarious tricks and antics, such as playing dead, dancing, and hiding objects.
|Pros and Cons of Blue Quaker Parrot|
Kind, affectionate, and gentle with children
An intelligent talking parrot
|It takes a lot of focus and mental stimulation |
Several parts of the United States prohibit the possession of this species
When it comes to their cage or special area, they tend to be territorial
Do Blue Quaker Parrots Talk?
Please note that Blue Quakers are far from silent. This bird may not be suitable for an individual with sensitive hearing. Their noise may sometimes disturb neighbors and even awaken those who are deep in sleep.
Positively, they have excellent communication skills and learn new terms and phrases. Moreover, they can learn tricks with food or praise.
Blue Quaker parrots can be trained to speak by following these steps:
- It is recommended that you begin by saying simple words such as “Hello” repeatedly to the bird. It is important to repeat this word every time you enter or leave a room, repeating it loudly every time you say it.
- Ensure that you say the word clearly and loudly so as not to confuse the bid.
- Within a short period, the bird will begin mimicking your words if you repeat them often enough.
- It is recommended that the bird is exposed to songs and tunes after at least two years.
Breeding Blue Quaker Parrots
First, you need to understand that the green color is the result of the overlap of blue and yellow colors. When the yellow color does not appear along with the blue, the bird loses its green color and becomes blue. This blue mutation is spread worldwide and is the cheapest mutation of Quaker parrots.
Since the blue mutation is a recessive trait, offspring need blue genes from both parents to exhibit blue color. If you cross a green Quaker with a blue Quaker it will result in a Green Quaker but with a blue gene and will be called split.
|Here is a breeding pattern for Blue Quaker parrots:|
|Blue + Blue = Blue 100% |
Green + Blue = Green/Blue Split 100%
Blue + Green (Split) = Blue 50%, Green/Blue Split 50%
Green (Split) + Green (Split) = Blue 25%, Green (Split) 50%, Green 25%
Green (Split) + Green = Green (Split) 50%, Green
So, it means you have to cross 2 blue Quakers to produce Blue Quaker parrots. Typically, they start mating in August and keep doing it until November. In the wild, Quaker parakeets live in pairs, and each chamber in their nest serves a particular purpose.
During their incubation and feeding, the young are housed in an incubator and a feeding chamber. Generally, female Quaker parakeets lay four to seven eggs, and the eggs are incubated for 24 days before hatching.
Caring for Quaker parrots
For a Blue Quaker parakeet, the recommended cage dimensions should be 18 inches long, 18 inches high, and 22 inches wide. But as you already know, a larger cage is always preferable for parrots.
Your parakeet should have access to perches in his cage. If you are selecting a perch for your bird, you should take into account the size of the perch about the bird’s feet. Make sure the perches are away from food and water bowls, as parrots can contaminate utensils
Providing your bird with a cage that has ladders, ropes, and bells will keep him or her entertained. Quaker parakeets can be greatly stressed by sudden changes in temperature. Therefore, it is advisable to keep cages out of direct sunlight and away from windy locations.
Additionally, pet grooming will encourage your Blue Quaker parakeet to become more comfortable with you. However, you should consult your veterinarian before trying this method. It is advisable to consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Blue Quakers need a pellet diet because each pellet contains a variety of nutrients and is harder to regulate on seeds. In the wild, these birds eat seeds and other items.
Therefore, it is challenging to simulate the exact diet they consume in the wild. When you feed them only seed-based diets, they are more likely to develop fatty liver disease and nutritional deficiencies. Thus, pelleted food should form the bulk of the Quaker parrot’s diet.
Furthermore, you should provide your blue Quaker parrot with chopped vegetables, fruits, eggs, and cheese. Fresh foods should be removed after two hours to prevent them from spoiling. Since raisins and bananas may cause constipation, it is recommended that they be consumed in moderation.
As an avian vet, I recommend providing these birds with approximately three tablespoons of pellets and 1/4 cup of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. The Quaker Parakeet requires fresh water daily. So make sure to provide clean water every day.
It is best to provide your Blue Quaker with plenty of toys and a play gym so that he or she can burn off all the energy they possess. The Quaker parrot should spend at least two hours outside of its cage in an environment that is safe for birds.
Make sure your curtains are closed, your doors are locked, your ceiling fans are off, your fireplace is blocked, and any toxic plants are removed. To keep your bird engaged and interested, provide him or her with balls, bells, and smaller chew toys.
These brilliant birds often enjoy playing with puzzle toys. Ensure that Quaker parrots have adequate nesting opportunities.
Occasionally, your bird may weave items into its cage bars or construct nests with household items. If they are outside their cages, don’t leave them unattended.
It is estimated that a Blue Quaker parrot can live for 15-20 years if it is kept in good health, but some reports indicate it can live as long as 30 years. The plumage of a healthy blue Quaker parrot should be bright and the bird should be active, playful, and have a happy disposition.
Make sure that the feathers are smooth, the beak and feet are clean, and the eyes are clear and bright. Inspect your pet’s plumage, feathers, and nails for dullness, broken feathers, and broken nails, as these may indicate illness.
Ensure that you inspect the bird frequently and that you identify any health issues early on so they can be treated. If you notice any signs of illness, don’t hesitate to call a vet.
Additionally, blue Quakers can develop fatty liver disease and hypertension if fed fatty foods and a high-sodium diet. A monk parakeet that does not receive adequate attention and mental stimulation is also susceptible to feather plucking.
When feather plucking is not addressed promptly, it can lead to the Quaker Mutilation Syndrome. Pacheco’s disease is another common illness in Quaker parrots.
Herpes virus is responsible for the transmission of this high-infectious viral disease. A bird infected with this disease has a very low chance of surviving.
From Where to Get a Blue Quaker Parrot
I strongly recommend that you check your local laws before you purchase a Blue Quaker parrot. Several states have passed laws prohibiting the ownership of these birds. The states in question include California, Colorado, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Tennessee, etc.
It is illegal to sell or breed them in certain places, so you cannot buy them at pet stores or order them from breeders. If your state allows Blue Quaker parrots. I would suggest you start looking for these parrots at animal shelters.
Birds are often placed in animal shelters because their owners no longer can care for them or they are too noisy for their neighbors.
Blue Quaker Parrots are usually available at local shelters at a significant discount, and they are already vaccinated. If none are available in the shelter, local pet stores or online retailers usually have them in stock. They are affordable and can cost you around $400-$1000 per bird
Blue Quaker Parrots in general are very friendly and enjoy socializing with people, and the Blue Quaker Parrot is no exception. Typically, they live 20 years or more with no health complications and are even capable of learning a few words.
However, many states prohibit the ownership of these animals due to their hardiness. In some areas, feral colonies may harm crops and displace wildlife, so you need to check if your area allows you to own one. Additionally, they are noisy, so they are not suitable for apartment dwellers.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.