Quaker Parrot

Quaker Parrots are one of the planets most talkative and highly intelligent birds. Not surprising then, these parrots are among the worlds greatest gifts when it comes to bold interaction tools for all individuals within the autistic spectrum.

As pets, these gregarious and affectionate birds have vocal abilities that transfer into a wealth of practical use from which the autistic can absorb growth. Dedicated, repeated words and phrases accompanied by rewards are a dynamic which the child learns that desired communication and applied ability can reap a very agreeable result in their own relationships regarding peers. The child literally ‘wants’ the bird to ‘communicate’– and in so doing the child ‘seeks’ and desires communication.

So widespread, Quaker Parrots are now listed as pests in some American states and they are found in the wild often in large noisy flocks. They eat a wide range of almost anything green: seeds, fruit, vegetables – thus predation on cultivated orchards has become an issue.

Strongly colored for the most part in a lively green or in blue, they have lightly colored chests and of whitish gray. The blue variety are somewhat smaller with temperaments perhaps a little ‘sweeter’ than the ‘bolder’ greens – however, the greens are the more talkative and therefore would be well suited for the autistic.

Quaker Parrots- also called Monk Parrots – can live anywhere from 20 to 30 years and so this is a long lived commitment on the part of any autistic or Aspergers syndrome child.

Their prolific vocabulary has been estimated at 50 to 60 words by the time they were just passed their first year when raised from when they were baby birds. They are one of the smaller sized parrots at around 11”(28cm) to 13”(33cm)long and are the only parrot species to make nests in the wild- often multiple, enclosed arrangements housing many separate nesting pairs in their own ‘apartments’.

Quaker Parrots originated in Argentina and of course have spread to many of the Americas including many USA states as feral escapees from captivity. They are found in European nations such as the UK and Spain where their large numbers have prompted negative reactions from a bewildered citizenry.

These are inexpensive birds to purchase and are an excellent bargain considering that they are high ranking easy talkers. The Quaker Parrot will be a delightful asset to any family and a superb choice for any of the autistic spectrum whom will almost automatically benefit from the devoted training and vocabulary interaction.