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Press Release September 2013: Hot out of the nest boxes - Quazy4Quakers is now a part of Hurricane Aviaries in West Palm Beach, Florida! In addition to beautiful, hand-raised Blue, Green, Albino and Lutino Quaker Parrots for sale, we also offer many more Quaker mutations. You'll find sex-linked Cinnamon and Cinnamon Blue; stunning Pallids and Pallid Blue. We even have the gorgeous, and still quite rare, recessive Grey and Grey Green Monk Parakeets. In short, we are Quazier than ever before and very excited about our new nest.
Did you know that the first sex-linked Albino and Lutino mutations in the U.S. were developed right here are Hurricane Aviaries? In fact, the lovely sisters in the clip below are part of Quazy's foundation stock and they can trace their family tree back to Hurricane Aviaries. Visit our new article on color genetics for more details and history of how the "-ino" mutation was established!
Hurricane Aviaries has been breeding parrots in South Florida for over twenty years and we have one of the largest and most diverse Quaker breeding programs in the US. Until recently, we almost exclusively sold our birds to pet stores, select wholesalers, and breeders in the US and around the world. However, the internet and much improved shipping services makes it possible to offer our birds to families and hobby breeders everywhere. Quazy4Quakers will be a place where we can share educational information on Quakers and other feathered companions. We hope you'll be a frequent flyer here at Quazy!
Quaker parrots are delightful, small parrots with big attitudes. And now in addition to their normal green and grey plumage they are available in many colors. The gregarious nature of Quakers is one of the traits that makes them an excellent pet bird species, forming a strong and enduring bond to their owners. They are highly intelligent and known for their playful personalities and talking ability, often being referred to as a big parrot in a small parrot suit. With a life span of 25 to 30 years, this feathered friend is a long term companion who is often chatty, and always full of character, wit and charm.
Quaker or Monk Parrots (Myiopsitta monachus) are a South American species occurring naturally in the lowlands of southern Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina to Patagonia. While the name Quaker parrot or Quaker Parakeet is commonly used in the US, the name Monk parrot is commonly used in Asia and Europe. They are highly communal, occurring in flocks and are unique in parrots as they built large communal nest of twigs and other vegetation. These nests may be in trees, palms, or cliffs and more recently in telephone poles. They occur in pairs or in flocks of 30-50 birds, with much larger flocks forming in the non-breeding season. They roost communally, sometimes in the nests. Their breeding season in their native Southern Hemisphere is October to December.
Wild-caught Quaker parrots were imported into the United States, Europe and Asia and served as the founder stock of our captive bred Quakers. Unfortunately some escaped in the process and developed nests in trees but also telephone poles, power plant structures, stadium light towers, etc in numerous states, and therefore have been banned in some states. Click here to see which states welcome our feathered friends.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Quakers have a very defined breeding season. They usually start to breed in March and the last eggs are usually laid in August or September. Babies are usually available from May through the end of the year.
We pair breed our Quakers rather than colony breeding. We feel in that way that we can assure the health and breeding of each pair as well as the offspring, and maintain genetic lines for our pedigrees.
Our baby Quakers receive the "best of both worlds" in terms of parenting. They spend the first few weeks growing healthy and strong with their parents, then they transition to hand feeding. Quaker youngsters are very social and quickly adopt our hand feeders.