A question that sometimes comes up about Blue Quaker Parrots is if there is any difference between them and green Quakers other than the price. This is an important question, because Quakers are often chosen as pets not for their looks but for their great personalities. They truly are “a lotta parrot in a little package.” So if there is a difference in personality in blues vs greens, I agree that it should be noted.
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Sadly, Alex the African Grey Parrot passed away about a week ago at the age of 31. Since I named my first Quaker after Alex, it seems fitting to recognize his passing and celebrate his life. I remember first reading about Alex more than ten years ago. I was charmed and amazed at his human language skills. I even have several video tapes in my library about this very special African Grey.
A remembrance page has been set up if you would like to express your condolonces. And many newspapers around the globe have reported on Alex’s death (See Bird Brain or Parrot Prodigy and Death of Gifted Parrot Stuns Scientists). I’m sure you can also visit any parrot forum on the Internet to witness an outpouring of sadness and respect for this very unique Grey.
Dr Pepperburg has stated that Alex never stopped learning. In one of the above articles, she relates how Alex made some new progress just last month. We have learned so much about our own parrots because of Alex. This was the first real research that showed parrots are able to go beyond simple mimicry and actually understand the human words that they learn to say. Alex the Grey will be deeply, deeply missed.
Why do we take the time to feed the best possible diet to our pet Quakers? Because like humans, diet has a direct impact on how long our birds live and the quality of their lives. Parrot diet can be a somewhat controversial subject. It seems that even the experts can’t completely agree on what foods provide a nutritious and balanced diet for birds. Based on both personal experience and research, Kyra Brown discusses her own thoughts regarding Quaker Parrot diet in the following article. Here’s an excerpt:
Simply put, our Quakers should eat as we should. Not as we do, however. Quakers are somewhat prone to fatty liver disease and hypertension, and therefore it is extremely important to offer them only foods that are low in saturated fats and sodium (salt). There is some debate over the ratio in which our birds should eat, but it is somewhere between 60%/40% pellets-fresh food and 80%/20% pellets/fresh food. Your Quaker will probably set its own pace somewhere within that acceptable range.
To learn more about the best foods to feed your Quaker, please click through to The Best Quaker Parrot Diet. A list of toxic foods is included at the end of the article.