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The Quaker parrot, sometimes referred to as the Monk parakeet, originates from the temperate to subtropical region of Argentina and can still be commonly found across South America. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

Although there are several subspecies of this particular breed, parrots from the main subspecies will generally grow to around 29cm long, with a wingspan of 48cm. It's easy to differentiate female quaker parrots from the males - they tend to be at least 10-20 per cent smaller than the male.

These parrots are distinctive for their bright green bodies, pale grey crowns and ligtt yellowy-green underbelly. Quaker parrots tend to live for a maximum of 15-20 years, although extremely healthy parrots can live as long as 30 years.

Temperament of the Quaker Parrot Breed

Quaker parrots are renowned for their high levels of intelligence. With time and training, these birds can learn to mimic an exceptional amount of words, sounds and phrases - so if you're happy for a parrot to be the centre of attention in your household, the Quaker variety may be the perfect fit.

These birds are naturally adventurous as well, so it's essential to make sure the aviary or cage is always securely tightened - these parrots are clever enough to hatch an escape route and exploit a weakness even if your concentration lapses for a minute.

Diet of Quaker Parrots

As with most parrots, a general seed mix is perfectly acceptable for daily feeding. However, these birds will appreciate a little creativity and variety when it comes to feeding time. Try and provide fresh fruit and vegetables as much as possible - this can be extremely beneficial to a quaker parrot's diet.

Housing Quaker Parrots

Try and provide the largest aviary you can afford for your quaker parrot(s). Even if a larger cage proves an expensive initial investment, the bird is likely to stay in far better health and live longer if conditions within the cage or aviary are spacious. Try and integrate toys, perches and stands into the cage to keep quaker parrots occupied.

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