This method requires only a drop of blood that can easily be obtained from a toenail. Surgical sexing requires the bird to be put under anesthetic for a short period of time, while a lighted tube is inserted through a slit cut in the abdomen to visualize the sex organs. Not only is this much more stressful for the bird, it is also much more dangerous.
Unless they are to be set up for breeding purposes, the sex of Quakers is really of no importance as there are no noticeable differences in the personalities, growth or intelligence of these birds. Both males and females make equally good pets, and both sexes can be taught to speak with equal success
Quakers are by nature very clean birds, and do not have to be prodded to “shower” or bathe. They enjoy taking a “shower” or bath almost daily, and following this will carefully preen each feather. To assist them in keeping their plumage shiny and smooth, they should have access to a shallow dish of water specifically for their daily bath, separate from their drinking water, unless you prefer to change the drinking water frequently!
Some Quakers will also enjoy a frequent misting with a spray bottle, and will hold their wings out to enable them to soak up the water. Others will have a specific preference for your bathroom–especially if you are taking a shower, and the bird is allowed to sit on the shower rod where the mist from the warm water will enable him to bathe with you while maintaining a high vantage point! I haven’t seen a Quaker yet that didn’t like water, which is more than I can say for some other species!
Myiopsitta is the genus name for Quaker parakeets. They are also referred to as monk parakeets, gray-breasted parakeets, or green parakeets. There are four recognized subspecies, the differences between them being mainly in size and variations in intensity of color.