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With a personality that has no rival and a life span of approximately 15-25 years, the Quaker (Monk) parakeets, or parrots popularity has soared over the years. For people who want a bird with a large-parrot personality without the larger size, they need look no further than the Quaker parakeet. Large numbers of Quaker parakeets were imported into the U S in the late 1960s. Many escaped or were intentionally released, and their populations soared. By the mid 1990s, Quaker Parakeets were established in fifteen states, There are now thought to be over 100,000 in the state of Florida alone.

Although considered just another member of the “parakeet” family by those unfamiliar with them, Quaker owners can and do attest to the fact that these special little treasures are in a class all their own. They are definitely blessed with much more personality than the common parakeet. The average weight of these birds are usually between 80 and 130 grams but this is just an average and could differ a little. These birds normally grow to be about 11 to 13 inches from the top of their head to the tip of their tail.


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