Blue Quaker parrots have dark blue feathers with light blue-gray feathers under their wings and on their chests and foreheads. They are the result of a harmless color mutation in green Quakers. The only differences between the two types are color and size. Both are intelligent and extremely playful.
Size & Lifespan
Blue Quaker parrots tend to weigh about 3.5 oz., and are therefore a bit smaller than their green Quaker counterparts, who weigh in at a bit more than 4 oz. They can live for at least 30 years, and sometimes even longer.
Blue Quaker parrots can be quite territorial and therefore cage-aggressive. Owners of territorial blue Quakers should establish dominance by not allowing the parrots to perch on their shoulders.
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Blue Quakers can also be temperamental and display behavioral trouble, such as biting when you try to handle them. Owners who are bitten are encouraged not to yell out in pain, which is hard. However, when you yelp after getting bitten, the parrot interprets it as a reward, since they want any attention—good or bad—they can get. It is best to ignore the bite and place the parrot in his cage for about half an hour.
Blue Quaker parrots are sharp and fast learners and can mimic human language and other sounds they hear almost flawlessly. Everything you say in front of your bird can become potential fodder for his developing vocabulary, so choose your words—and the television shows you watch—carefully.
Blue Quaker parrots eat vitamin-fortified bird pellets, fruits and vegetables and even grains, pastas and meats in moderation. It is important that they also have plenty of fresh water. All Quaker parrots are prone to fatty liver disease and should never consume food high in fats. Nuts and seeds should be given in small amounts, and sunflower seeds offered only as an occasional treat. Healthy blue Quaker parrots will have bright plumage and lots of energy. When they are not fed a healthy, balanced diet, blue Quaker parrots will have dull plumage and appear listless.
Vivian Gomez contributes to Retailing Today, the Daily Puppy, Paw Nation and other websites. She's covered the New York Comic Con for NonProductive since 2009 and writes about everything from responsible pet ownership to comic books to the manner in which smart phones are changing the way people shop. Gomez received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Pace University.