-Q- Glossary & Dictionary of Parrot Information, Ornithological and Avicultural Terms

QUAKER PARROT (Myiopsitta monachus
    Also known as the Monk Parakeet. These medium long-tailed conure-type birds, originally from Argentina, but are extending their range to other neighboring countries. These often delightfully quirky little parrots are very popular companions in the United States. They can have delightful personalities and some are excellent talkers. Several color mutations have been bred in captivity. Escaped or cast off Quakers have created feral flocks throughout the country, even in cold weather areas like Chicago and New York. Quakers are colony nesters and build large to huge nests with separate compartments for each breeding pair. Perhaps because of this lack of individual territory, quakers can be very protective of their perceived territory. Many quakers will become strongly bonded to one person and may become aggressive to others if the people in their lives don't work to prevent this type of behavior. 
    It is illegal to keep Quakers in several states because it is presumed that they will become agricultural pests. 
These states are California, Connecticut, Georgia (as pet), Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine (with difficult to obtain permit), New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennesee, and Wyoming. Some other states have specific criteria. However, they have not become an agricultural pest in the states where they are legal nor have they taking over the nesting cavities of native birds.

    The separation of new birds in a given location from the birds that are already there to prevent the transfer of infectious diseases. Many diseases are transferred through what are called fomites, which are object that come in contact with "germs" and are then exposed to birds in a different place. For example, you ALWAYS want to feed new, suspect, unknown, or potentially ill birds last because if you fed them first, diseases could be transmitted to healthy birds on your hands, bowls, or even food that you have handled. 

    see Golden Conure

    Quiet time is not the same thing as punishment. Sometimes when a parrot gets over-excited, quiet time in the cage or in another room can give the bird a chance to settle down.

    The growing area of a nail which contains blood is the quick. When trimming nails, just take the sharp point to avoid bleeding. Always have something like styptic powder (or as safer alternative is corn starch, which usually works as well) to stop the bleeding if you cut into the quick.
 However, don't use styptic powder on a skin wound as it can damage the tissue and keep the wound from healing.

QUICK-FIXES: Ineffective, Trust-destroying and Abusive 
    Any behavioral technique that treats the symptoms rather than the underlying cause of a parrot's behavioral problem is a quick-fix. Quick-fixes are ineffective in changing negative behavior and may actually create more negative behavior because of the confusion they cause in the parrot. Sometimes they seem to work because they stop the negative behavior immediately because they are a distraction. However they rarely, if ever, stop the behavior permanently and if they involve punishment of any kind, they can be trust-destroying and damage the parrot/human bond. Quick fixes range from being abusive tortures to simply destroying any trust the parrot has in his owner.
    Some abusive to stupid ways of dealing with problem behavior. I have heard or read all of these ideas from so-called bird experts on the Internet and other places. Of course, hitting the bird, throwing him or screaming at him are obviously abusive but so are the following quick-fixes:
X Show him who is the boss.
X Deprive him of attention for days or even weeks depending on how bad he was. (Recommended by a well-known avian vet)
X Make him afraid so you can rescue him.
X Squirt him in the face with a squirt bottle.
X Use a squirt gun and shoot him in the face.  
X Rattle the cage or throw something at it.
X Drop something on the cage. 
X Put him in a naughty box. (Recommended by a well-known avian vet)
X Keep the cage covered.
X Keep him in the dark.
X Put him in the closet.
X Put him in a smaller cage.
X Blow in his face
X Ladder him aggressively.
X Pinch his toes.
X Grab his beak and shake it.
X Thunk him on the beak.
X Grind down his beak with a Dremel
X Notch his beak.
X Pull one of his feathers out.
X Make him flap his wings to exhaust him.
X Throw him on the floor.
X Dunk him in water
X Put him in the bathtub.
X Put him in the bathtub with water in it. 
X Hold him in a towel tightly unti he breaks
X Don't feed him if he misbehaves.
X Get him a mate
X Put him in a breeding program.
X Get rid of him.

    (Pronounced Keen-wa) A high-protein quality grain from that has been harvested as a food in the Andean region of South America for over 6,000 years. Quinoa contains a complete protein with a balance of amino acids. The seed as it is grown has a bitter covering. Quinoa has become a popular grain in the United States and the seed can be purchased with the hull removed. I often use the flakes in many of the mixes I fix my parrots




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