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40 year Anniversary for Quakers in USA

quaker-parakeet-celebrates-40-years-in-United-StatesAs reported on the Inquisitr

The spunky Quaker parakeet has been quietly — or perhaps not so quietly — nesting successfully in the United States for at least 40 years. The Chicago colony was perhaps the first and the most famous, and Chicago magazine itself recently wished the nest-building parrot a happy 40th anniversary.

Over the years, the parrots nesting in Hyde Park have become a welcome sign of spring after Chicago’s long, notoriously cold winters. However, when it first arrived on this continent, the United States Department of Agriculture regarded it as an invasive species because of its impact on agricultural crops back home in its native South America.

By the way, in case you were wondering, Quaker parakeets and their close cousins, cliff parakeets, are the only parrot species known to build elaborate stick nests. Most parrots prefer to nest in termite mounds, cavities in trees, or even artificial nest boxes.

Audubon magazine reported that Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor, lived across the street from a well-known colony. As long as he was alive, he protected them because he believed that they brought good luck. When he died in 1987, the USDA tried to remove the Quakers.

However, a neighborhood defense committee fought for the right to keep the birds.

And a later USDA study done on the growing population in Florida acknowledged that the introduced Quaker parakeets are not important crop pests. They seem to be urban or suburban birds, and the biggest problem they cause is the power outages that occur when they build their huge colony nests too close to electrical equipment.

Advocacy groups for the wild parrots can help power companies figure out the best time to remove nuisance nests. On Wednesday, New Jersey power company PSE&G safely removed badly situated nests from utility poles in Edgewater, Fort Lee, and Leonia, NJ. The date was chosen with the help of the Edgewater Parrot Society, who explained that if the nests are removed at this time of year, it gives the birds time to re-build and lay their eggs in a safer spot.

Quaker parrots are some of the most fun loving parrots around.  Our Little Quaker Phantom passed away 2 years ago.  He had such vibrant personality.  He is surely missed!!!

Ann Zych  –  FunTime Birdy

Jose the Talking Quaker Parrot

This little Quaker Parrot is an amazing talker.  I just love when he says “I am an eagle” and his wings go up.  He reminds me so much of our little Quaker Phantom who passed away in October of 2011.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Baby Quaker Parrots Video- How Adorable

These little guys……count them 9….are so adorably cute!!!   Even though it is a short video…they sure know how to entertain.  The little guy on the right side seems left out.  I just want to pick him up and take him home with me!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Quakers are now Legal in New Hampshire

Quaker Parrots

Quaker Parrots now legal in New Hampshire

Quaker Parrots are now legal in New Hampshire!!!!!  Yeah for these feathered guys.  They are such loving and cute parrots.

New Hampshire prohibited ownership of the birds as of 1998, but the ban was little known and caused a furor earlier in the year when Suzanne Burke, of Nashua, who owned up to 20 Quaker Parrots, was told by the Fish and Wildlife Service to dispose of them or surrender them to the state.

Read entire article on the Quakers of New Hampshire becoming legal

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Pizza and your Quaker Parrot

Edgewater Quakers and Pizza

Edgewater Quakers Love Pizza

I came across an article about how the Brooklyn Quaker Parrots just love pizza.  Who would think that these wild parrots would love pizza?

My husband and I can both vouch for this!  We visit the wonderful Quaker parrots of New Jersey once a year at their  home in Edgewater New Jersey.

Last year we came armed with our Lafeber Avi Cakes….what bird doesn’t love Lafeber Avi Cakes.  Well…..apparently the Quakers from this area of NJ love their pizza more.  Check out pizza crust eating Quaker in this picture.  It seems the local pizzeria supplies these Quakers with pizza on a daily basis.  They did not even touch the Lafeber Avi Cakes we brought for them.  Live and learn…mental note…….bring pizza when visiting the wild Quakers of New York and now New Jersey.

Check out the article by Nancy Mure entitled “The Pizza Man and the Parrots”