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Quakers, kalitos or monk parrots are one and the same species of parrot, called Myiopsitta monachus in Latin. In English, these parrots are called Monk parakeet or Quaker parrot. The name Quaker parrot comes from the specific vocalisation of these parrots – quak quaki quak-wi quarr.

They are greenish-grey South American parrots that have already spread to various North American cities and even to the south of Europe. Kalitos are cold-hardy and can withstand warm winters. Blue and yellow shades have also been bred.

Quakers are slightly smaller than Kramers, but are just as good at talking and just as mischievous.

It is difficult to distinguish between females and males because the only distinguishing feature is the smaller build of the females.

Unlike all parrots, Kalitas live in large communal nests formed by many birds from different branches. In a large nest, each pair makes its own separate entrance and these nests are called dormitories. All other parrots breed in tree swardse. The specific conditions required for breeding make these parrots difficult to breed and therefore rarer.

In Spain and many South American countries, the breeding of monk parrots has already been banned because of their high prevalence and the destruction of cereal crops. Large flocks fly and nest in Spain, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Cyprus, even in Great Britain and Ireland. Given the strong voice of this species, this is not the most pleasant neighbourhood.

Monk parrots live for about 25 years.


Quakers are very cunning and active birds. They therefore need a LOT of toys, or the company of other parrots, or a time-consuming owner. They can learn to repeat words and SPEAK perfectly. But only if the owners spend enough time with the bird, and hand-fed chicks are more likely to speak.VERY QUIET. However, they are easy to train and encourage to talk rather than scream. It has been observed that kalitas living with other parrots are noisier.True rodents. Therefore, they need to bespecial toys that occupy the bird not only physically, but also psychologically.An interesting characteristic of the calico is nest building. Therefore, even at home, they collect things suitable for a nest and take them to the cage or find another suitable place. However, this makes them more likely to be territorially aggressive and to bite when defending the cage. This is a natural trait that does not need to be re-educated. It is something that needs to be adapted to, such as cleaning the cage and changing food and water only when the parrot is not in it, staying away from the cage, and not touching hands (which is often the case with children). Because of their territorial aggression, Quakers are often considered to be aggressive parrots, when in fact they are only aggressive in the cage. Some Quakers are prone to pecking, and are more attached to their hosts than Kramers.

Quaker diet

Kalitos eat a variety of cereal seeds and fruits in the wild, so MINI pellets are best suited to their dietary needs.

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