They also are famous for their terrific sense of humor and play. Most Quakers are bundles of energy and will spend hours swinging, climbing and playing with toys. Ropes, ladders, leather chew toys and Olympic rings are particular favorites. They are amazing acrobats and often play with several toys at once. They have a wonderful zest for life that is contagious to anyone watching or interacting with them.
Being the mischievous and fearless creatures that they are, their natural curiosity can often get them into unbelievable pickles if they are not carefully supervised! All of these traits (and those that I have inadvertently overlooked) are indicative of their quick wit and intelligence that they easily express verbally as well as socially. Far from being only “mimics” of human behavior, these adorable little green guys are as loyal, loving and sensitive as any human being could possibly hope to be.
Quaker parakeets are not sexually dimorphic–meaning that the sex of a Quaker cannot be determined by its coloring. In appearance, they are admittedly not exceptionally striking birds, but they do have a certain charm all of their own! They have a simple coloration pattern that is predominantly green with grey feathering that extends from the top of the head down to the breast.
The abdomen is greyish-green, and there is a trace of blue on the flight feathers (along with some black) and outer tail feathers. The grey breasted feathers are edged with white, which gives the breast a barred effect. And although their appearance is quite common, their endearing personalities and mischievous nature will steal your heart!
Surgical or genetic DNA sexing methods are the only reliable means of determining the gender of these birds, with DNA testing to be the safest and least stressful.