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Quaker Parrot Pricing
As is standard in the avicultural industry our pricing is based on the bird’s colour, with the rarity and complexity of genetics being the leading factor. We believe all colours are beautiful and encourage you to let us guide your selection of bird based on individual personality traits that shine through in their first weeks of life. That said, we do certainly understand the variety of reasons a particular colour may be important to you and are happy to add your preference to our notes. Those with specific colour preferences may experience longer wait times for a bird from our aviary, as Mother Nature doesn’t always give us the colours we seek at any given time.
- Normal (wildtype) $400
- Blue $550
- Green Opaline $550
- Blue Opaline $800
- Lutino (yellow) $800
- Cobalt $1200
*Please note that prices of birds are subject to HST.
DNA Testing to determine the bird’s gender is included in the purchase of all babies.
General Species Information
Why We Love Them!
Here are a few of my favourite things about this fun species:
- They are an awesome size for many families — it’s a large bird, but with a smaller beak and shorter lifespan than many, many others.
- They can learn to mimic some English words and phrases in many cases.
- They love to collect household items and toy parts and carry them around, often compiling a collection. In the wild Quakers build elaborate multi-level condo-type nests that are sometimes over 2′ tall. These nests sometimes house more than one family of Quakers, or can just be a mansion for a single family. Pet Quakers still have this instinct!
- They are exceptionally strong flyers and are very acrobatic in the air. Doing safe indoor freeflight training with them is an excellent way to build a trusting relationship, exercise them and have fun together!
An average of 30cm in length, 130-140 grams in weight, Quakers are significantly heavier than Green-Cheeked Conures — a species to which they are frequently compared.
In captivity, with good care and a proper diet, Quakers can live 20-25 years, or possibly longer. Are you prepared for this long-term committment? Are you prepared to provide for your bird during potential future changes such as relocating, getting married, having a baby, going back to school or getting a new job?
Birds are the third most popular pet in the world, and yet the most likely to be rehomed. Please think carefully before committing to a new feathered family member, whether an American Budgie or other bird species.
Noise Level and Volume
Quakers have a loud repetitive squawking sound (once described to me as being similar to a motorcycle engine revving) as well as a variety of quieter tongue rolls. I’ll say it again: Quakers have a loud repetitive squawking sound. If possible, I highly recommend listening to one in-person before deciding whether their volume can be tolerated in your home. Even playing sounds of a Quaker on Youtube at full volume on repeat for 15 minutes will give you an idea, and is better than nothing. Like most parrots, Quakers are not noisy all day, and are quieter if given lots of appropriately challenging activities to do including foraging and shreddable toys to destroy. A busy bird is a quieter, happier bird.
Diet and Nutrition
In our opinion, providing a high-quality and nutritionally balanced diet is the most important thing you can do to keep your bird healthy and extend his/her lifespan. Furthermore, many bird behaviour problems can be attributed, at least in part, to a poor diet. Start off on the right foot from Day #1 when you bring your baby home! Your Green-Cheeked Conure should be fed a staple diet of high-quality pellet (click here for our bird food recommendations). An individual bird will eat an average of 1-3 tbs of pellets per day, but you should provide more than you think they need, as we do not want them running out of food. Replace any soiled pellets, and refill the dish as needed. The birds will eat only the amount they need.
Several times a week (ideally once daily) you should be supplementing the pellets with a bowl of chopped fresh veggies, fruit and gains (we call this mixture “chop”, named for how it is prepared). CLICK HERE to see my “chop” recipe and a list of bird-safe foods you can find at your grocery store.
Many Quakers learn to speak English words and string together a few short phrases. With patience they can also learn a variety of darling pet tricks, indoor freeflight, and behaviours useful in communicating with them. Training is the best way for all family members to bond with the bird, and maintain a good relationship long-term. Training sessions should be short! 2-3 minutes per session, once per day, is ideal! If you are spending longer than this training your bird he/she is likely to become bored or frustrated. Keep it short, and fun for both of you!
Children And Quakers
Quakers are wonderful pets for families with children over the age of 12, or single caregivers. Children who are taught how to read and respect the bird’s body language, and who are supervised during interactions, often have great success with Quakers in the family. If you have children under the age of 6 in the household, we recommend keeping a padlock or combination lock on the bird’s cage. Children are fascinated by birds and we have heard stories of youngsters opening the bird cage without supervision, resulting in either or both of them becoming frightened or injured. If used, padlocks or combination locks should be made of bird-safe metals.
Is Gender Important?
Both male and female Quakers can make wonderful pets with the right care and training. Many times I have had families claim they are “only interested in a male” or “only interested in a female” for reasons they often cannot identify, and then end up falling in love with a bird of the opposite gender anyway! Keeping your mind open to both genders allows us at Welcome Wings Aviary to help you select the perfect bird for your family based on his or her individual personality traits, not gender.
That being said, if you have your heart set on a particular gender let us know and we’ll do our best!
When Quakers are young they vibrate their entire bodies in excitement at mealtime — it’s why they are called “Quakers” — little earthquakes!
This Lutino Quaker baby loved her morning head scratches!
Baby Quaker chicks never stop moving — that’s how they got their name…little earthquakes!
Positive reinforcement and relationship-building creates a trusting bird from the beginning! Watch this 10-week-old Quaker Parrot choose — completely of his own accord — to fly to my hand for safety and security.