There’s no denying that Quaker parrots are absolutely breathtaking birds. With their classic green markings and totally adorable parrot faces, there’s no denying that they are beautiful.
But this type of parrot also make great pets. They are friendly, chatty, and wonderful companions. But, like with all birds, it can be difficult to tell when they are truly happy.
Birds aren’t like dogs. You can’t tell that they are happy simply because they wag their tail, or lick your face. Instead, the signs that your Quaker parrot is happy are a lot more subtle. However, just because they are subtle doesn’t mean that they are impossible to spot.
In this guide, we’re taking a look at all the signs that your Quaker parrot is happy, and how to ensure that your bird stays happy. So with no further ado, let’s get started.
What is a Quaker Parrot?
A Quaker Parrot is a species of true parrot that is sometimes referred to as a ‘monk parakeet’. It is on the smaller side of the parrot breeds that you might encounter, and is bright green in color with a gray/cream breast and yellow stomach.
They may be small, but on average they live fairly long lives, with the average Quaker parrot living for between 20-30 years. You might encounter this type of parrot in the wild, as they are native to South America. However, they are more commonly kept as pets.
Quaker parrots make wonderful pet birds, but they are actually illegal in some States of America. According to the Quaker Parakeet Society, it is illegal to keep these birds as pets in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Wyoming, and Hawaii. Additionally, it is illegal to keep a Quaker parrot as a pet in Colorado unless you owned the bird prior to 1990.
This might seem like quite a long list, but there are still 40 States in the USA where it is perfectly legal to keep a Quaker parrot as a pet. This is why they are still such a popular household animal, despite the fact they are actually illegal in some countries.
Now that you know all the important information about Quaker parrots, let’s take a look at how you can tell they are happy.
How do I know if my Quaker Parrot is Happy?
As we have said, it is a lot more difficult to tell if a parrot is happy, than it is to tell if some other types of pets are happy. Birds are unique creatures, and each one has their own characteristics. So, how can you tell whether they are happy or not?
The best way to identify if your Quaker parrot is happy is by observing their body language. Parrots are incredibly intelligent animals, so just like humans, they also display a lot of their emotions through their body language.
We said earlier that telling whether a bird is happy or not, isn’t as simple as observing a tail wag in your dog. However, with Quaker parrots it is. Just like dogs, Quaker parrots wag their tail feathers as a sign that they are happy.
A lot of people don’t realize this, but parrots have full control over their tail feathers, which is why they can use them to help convey their emotions.
But, tail wagging isn’t the only sign that your Quaker parrot is happy, there are lots of other signs that you should watch out for. Let’s take a look at them.
Signs your Quaker Parrot is Happy
We’ve already mentioned tail wagging as one form of body language which suggests that your Quaker parrot is happy, but this isn’t the only part of their body that they will use to display this happiness. They may also use their wings.
Your bird’s wings are such an important part of their body, so it makes sense that they use them to help display their emotions. Watching the way that your parrot moves their wings can help you understand the mood that they are in at any given moment, as they use them to display all of their emotions.
If your bird is upset or angry, they may thrash their wings about. But, if they are happy, they may flap their wings occasionally. If you notice your bird doing this as soon as you enter the room, then this is a sign that your parrot is happy to see you.
Your Quaker parrot may also display its happiness by acting relaxed, or hanging upside down. Quakers are very agile parrots, and they love to move around and get themselves into strange positions.
If you observe your Quaker parrot hanging upside down, then this is a sign that they are completely at ease and safe in your presence. Meaning that your parrot is happy to be around you.
But, body language isn’t the only sign that your parrot is happy. Quaker parrots are noisy birds, so they may also use their voice to tell you that they are happy.
While your Quaker parrot will not literally tell you “I’m happy!”, they may make happy sounds to suggest that they are. It is difficult to explain what these will sound like, but when you hear it, you will know that your Quaker is happy.
Finally, you might be able to tell that your Quaker parrot is happy because they are eating a healthy amount of food, and do not leave any food in their bowl.
If they are happy, they also will not display any destructive behavior, and be calm throughout the day. They may also go out of their way to gain the attention of you and other animals in your household.
So, there are lots of signs that you can watch out for to tell if your Quaker parrot is happy.
How do I Keep my Quaker Parrot Happy?
Now that you know that your Quaker parrot is happy, you might find yourself struggling to figure out how to keep it that way. Obviously, you are doing something right, but it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what you are doing right.
So here are some tips for keeping your Quaker parrot happy.
- Quakers are very inquisitive parrots, so give them lots of toys and materials to keep their mind busy.
- Quakers love to be destructive, even when they are happy, so give them lots of things that you don’t mind being destroyed.
- Quakers may be small birds, but they would prefer a larger cage. So, if you have the space, invest in a larger cage.
- Quakers love attention, so make a fuss of them, and speak to them when you enter their room.
- Quakers enjoy seeing other animals, so if you have any other pets, allow them to see each other regularly.
How do you know if a Quaker Parrot Likes You?
Finally, you might be wondering if your Quaker Parrot likes you. It is something that we all want to know about our pets. So, we’ve looked at the signs that your parrot is happy, but what about the signs that your Quaker Parrot likes you?
Here are just a few signs that your Quaker likes you:
- They preen themselves when in your presence.
- They flap their wings when they see you.
- They are relaxed when in your presence.
- They wag their tail, just like a dog would.
- They groom you when you let them out of their cage.
- They bow their heads in your direction.
- They cuddle you.
So, if you want to find out whether your Quaker parrot likes you, look out for all the signs we have listed above.
In short, there are lots of ways that you can tell that your Quaker parrot is happy. However, these are primarily displayed in their body language, the noises that they make, and the reaction they have when spending time with you.