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Ziggy

Quaker Parakeet

Overall satisfaction

3.75/5

Acquired: Other

Gender: Female

Appearance

4/5

Friendly with owner

3/5

Friendly with family

1/5

Trainability

3/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Song-vocal quality

2/5

Mimics sounds-words

5/5

Health

5/5

Easy to feed

5/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

2/5

Quaker parakeet - smart and beatiful, but emotionally sensitive

By

United States

Posted May 14, 2015

There is a back story to my time with Ziggy that will explain how I could love and be attached to her and yet not be super happy with her. I rescued Ziggy from an abusive home. Ziggy was left outside in her cage everyday, where she would be harassed by not only the blue jays, but also by the patriarch of the family who would bang on her cage everytime she vocalized. Her owner was a young girl who had moved to college (we were very close in age). She knew it was a very bad situation for Ziggy, so she gave her up to me.
Quaker parakeets are exceptionally smart for their size. I think their intelligence also indicates a well-developed psyche. When I got Ziggy, her psyche was broken. She was very cage aggressive, even to me, but outside the cage she wanted nothing more than to snuggle under my chin or run and play around the room. She never wanted to be out of the cage if other people were over, and if the other people were male, she would spend most of her time inside her cozy. Once when forced into what she must have considered to be far too close contact with my father (who is very good with birds and the only male that she ever let near her), she bit a small chunk out of his cheek. Quakers have very strong bites. I do not recommend them for families with small children or people with delicate hands.
Ziggy was a great vocalizer. She had a very good vocabulary, and when she was happy/comfortable she would use it. Her voice was not melodic, by any means, but she picked things up quickly and mimicked them very clearly.
Quaker parakeets, and Ziggy in particular, have a great color and look. Round fluffy head, full breast, long fan-able tail and hooked beak. They come in three colors that I know of, green (most common), blue, and yellow. Ziggy was green. Her head and back were full green, bright and shiny. Her breast was grey-green and very full. The tips of her wings and her tail were deep to bright turquoise blue. She was 6-7 inches beak to rump, 10-11 inches beak to tip of tail.
After speaking with an acquaintance who worked at a small rescue aviary, we decided that Ziggy would do better there, where everyone was well-trained in handling birds with emotional problems. When I last heard, Ziggy was still alive and flourishing.
Ziggy is a special case, but I do think that all quakers should be owned by experienced bird owners. My other quaker was fabulous.

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