Given a fleeting chance, a Quaker can and will quickly become a long-term cherished member of your family–one that is as entertaining as it is personable. They are cheerful, happy, active birds and are very vocal by nature.
A few Quaker owners consider them extremely noisy, although I honestly believe these opinions are greatly in the minority. Some Quakers apparently do feel the need to vocalize quite loudly, but these “overkill” periods of communication appear to be limited to short periods of time during the day, if at all, much like a rooster who crows only at dawn.
Quakers are fast learners, rapidly picking up words and phrases that they hear often, and can frequently be heard “conversing” with themselves as they practice saying different things. They usually begin talking at around 6 months of age, (many start even earlier than that) and are generally thought to be the best talkers of the so called “smaller parrots”.
They have been on the top ten list of the best talking birds in Bird Talk Magazine. The vocabulary of a Quaker parakeet who resides in a high traffic area or receives a lot of verbal attention can rival that of an African grey–a medium sized parrot well known for it’s intelligence and speaking ability. As witty as they are charming, they often use their sizable vocabularies at the most appropriate (or inappropriate!) times.
Pet Quakers do a great deal of whistling and chattering, but the amount of noise they generate can in no way be rated as objectionable. Whistling is one of their favorite activities and they will put great effort into learning short tunes heard on the radio, television, or from humans; they will practice endlessly until they achieve excellent versions of these notes.