How to attract wild quaker parrots to a yard

Written by jessica schira
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Late in 1967 a shipment of wild Quaker parrots that had been imported to the United States to be sold in pet stores were inadvertently released at Kennedy airport. Since that time wild Quaker parrots have been spotted in eight states. There are currently 100,000 wild Quaker parrots in Florida. Other states with a healthy number of wild Quaker parrots include Rhode Island, New York, Louisiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Virginia.

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    Recognising a wild Quaker parrot is easy; they stand 11” tall and have a 48cm wing span making it the same size as your average pigeon. Wild Quaker parrots have bright green and silver feathers, with some blue mixed into the tail feathers.

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    Set up a bird feeder and fill it with birdseed that will attract not just wild Quaker parrots but other birds as well. In order to make sure that the wild Quaker parrots nesting around your yard are healthy, you should regularly add fresh fruit and vegetables to the bird seed. Wild Quaker parrots that reside in northern states, rely exclusively on bird seed for their dietary needs during the winter months. If they can find enough to eat a wild Quaker parrot will stick around rather then migrating to a warmer climate.

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    Provide a nesting place for wild Quaker parrot. This is an imperative step in making sure that wild Quaker parrots want to hang out in your backyard. The place that wild Quaker parrots most like to nest is in the hallowed out cavities of old trees. If you do not live in an area that has several trees you will want to set up a pigeon loft. Wild Quaker parrots are naturally social animals, so social that they actually build communal nests, allowing the birds to share parenting chores. There are documented cases of wild Quaker nests that weigh over two hundred pounds, and have housed several nesting pairs of wild Quaker parrots. The average clutch size is 2-4 eggs.

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    Provide the wild Quaker parrots with water. Because they are a tropical bird, you need to make sure that you have some sort of watering system, like a bird bath, in your yard. Once you have set up a bird bath in your yard you need to regularly clean the bird bath and make sure that it is kept full of water.

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    Provide plenty of places for the wild Quaker parrot to roost. Once you have attracted a wild Quaker parrot to your yard you should be prepared to be feeding them for awhile. A wild Quaker parrot’s have a life expectancy of 30 years.

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