Quaker parrot – male or female?

Category: Quaker Parrot Cages

I am 90% sure that I will be getting a new quaker parrot very soon – in fact I am starting to look at a few birds this weekend. I would like opinions from those that have had them before as to whether there are any differences in the sexes as far as companion qualities. I plan to be spending quite a bit of time with this bird and I am really looking for a companion and not just a cage bird.
Does anyone have a preference as to gender and what reasons would you give?
Many thanks

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6 Responses to “Quaker parrot – male or female?”

  1. nineoneoner

    I don’t really know that much about Quakers…but I have heard the males speak more clearly. Of course there is always the chance you will get one who doesn’t speak at all either way. Good luck to you and your feathered friend.

  2. Alissa

    Ive never owned a quaker myself, but Ive worked with birds most of my life. in shops and rescues. from all my experiences with many variaties of parrots and many quakers there is no real diffrence. Ive known many females who talked better than some males and the same goes the other way. their ability to talk clearer is based off the amount of time you spend around them and talking to them or even just talking in the room they are in. with my parrot, an african gray, when she was a baby her talking was very garbled. sometimes i could make out words that i thought that she was trying to say and i would repeat them back to her. now you can hear her clear as day.

    so. my answer. its not going to matter which sex you get. the best thing you can do is spend time with each one and see which one you bond with. which one takes a liking to you. which one you feel a connection with. observe their different personalities. sometimes the best way to do this is to spend an hour or so at the store for a few days in a row. visiting with the same birds and seeing how they react to seeing you again.

  3. Kate M

    well I own a quaker and it is a male and it has never talked although he was a rehome so i think he was abused before i got him and that is maybe why he does not talk . but he is very tame now . Just remember that patience goes a long way . Quakers take a few days to get used to their surroundings so after you bring it home give it a few days and the first thing you want to teach it is step up. Quakers are very smart and they dont take long to learn things . good luck .

  4. Melon-Collie

    I have a male and female quaker and they quite different.

    My girl is more dominant, thats for sure. She rules in the cage and out of it. If my boy is getting a pat she will headbutt him out of the way so she gets the attention and if he dares move away from her she shrieks until he is back there beside her.

    She is outgoing and will investigate anything without fear. She loves cuddles and will take any and every chance she gets to jump on to one of us for scritches and snuggling, but she won’t stay still for more than a few seconds. She is also very loud, and wants everyone’s attention on her ALL the time. The louder we are the louder she is….she hates to be outdone (and with 2 and 6 year old children as well you can imagine the noise!) She adores the kids though and gets so excited when my son gets home from school so she can go to his room and play with him and his toys. She loves leggo and hotwheel cars.

    My boy is sweet, hardly makes any noise and although he loves a good scratch he doesn’t seek out our attention. He will wait until we go to him, enjoy his pats but happily go back to what he was doing.

    He likes to play with the other birds (budgies and tiels) where as my girl will chase them…along with the dogs. She has everyone whipped! lol

    Their personalities are as different as night and day, even though they are only 2 weeks apart in age, and both handraised by the same breeder, so have both had the same “upbringing” since hatching.

    Overall I’d say my girl is a lot of fun and a real commedian, but very loud and very demanding which is sometimes hard to deal with.

    My boy is a sweetheart, and the perfect bird in terms of undemanding and quiet, but nowhere near as much fun to watch and play with.

    These are my first quakers though, so I can’t really say if it’s male / female traits or just their own personality.

    They both have their good and bad points but together they balance each other out and are just perfect.

  5. portugalparasempre92

    id go with a male they are usually i mean usually less aggrissive in sertain stages in life

  6. MamaSmurf

    I do know a lot about Quakers. The breeder that I work for raises them and I usually have a nursery room full of them (about 200) Quakers can be quite sweet when they are young. They have a very bad reputation of getting bitty, liking only one person, and not getting along with other birds. They must be DNA sexed, don’t let someone tell you theres a difference in color, or whatever. If you have to have one, a male will have a better disposition than a female in breeding season. The female is more aggressive than the male. Why don’t you get a cockatiel or something?? I handle these guys all the time, every day, babies and adults. How about a love bird?

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