Why Are Quaker Parrots Illegal? (This Is What You Must Know About It)

Like big ferocious lions and sneaky little fennec foxes and ferrets and more different species, Quaker parrots are also illegal in some states in America, some species are illegal because of the illegal trade related to them, and for some of them, it’s because the threats that these animals pose.

Threats differ depending on the type of the animal, for example, some states consider lions and tigers to be very dangerous animals that can cause harm to people around them.

So Why Are Quaker Parrots Illegal? Quaker parrots are illegal because of the agricultural threats, these parrots pose a tremendous danger to grains, seeds, fruits, and veggies.

You may ask what kinda a loss these little birds can cause. In fact, this type of parrots reproduce quickly, and they can lay down up to 12 eggs at once, these eggs will hatch after 24 days.

And they don’t have a specific mating season, which means that they can breed all around the year. Imagine the number of parrots that a couple can scatter in 1 year.

the huge number of these Quakers can cause an enormous loss that can reach over 45% of crops and agricultural products, and that what happened in South America and still happens to this day.

Apart from that, Quakers can also threaten the local birds, and animals, by killing and expelling them from their areas and territories.

It doesn’t end with that. Quaker parrot Type normally congregate in large numbers to form a huge Quaker colony, they could place the colony in places that can not handle such weight from this number of parrot and their nests, like fragile roof tops, churches, and therefore, financial losses could occur because of these little devils.

With that being said. You should know that not all states prohibit quaker parrots, but there are some states that have their own restricting terms, while it’s totally legal to own a Quaker in the other.

before we go through these states, let’s get to know some quaker parrot facts.

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Quaker Facts

Quaker parrot pet

Quakers originate from the middle of South America, from the forests of Bolivia and Brazil, and they are known for living in huge colonies that can include hundreds of members.

In Southern US you can find this type of parrot living in feral and wild colonies, causing the near farms and communities some considerable harms. since they feed on crops and could nest in very fragile places.

Such nesting behavior and building enormous colonies that may have several rooms and champers, it’s only found with this species.

In some states, they prohibited quaker parrots in some states because of the threats we already mentioned above, but even with these restrictions, this type of parrot is still one of the most famous parrot breeds all around the world.

This breed is kinda small and has several famous names such as Quakers, parakeet parrot, monk parrot. The scientific name for this breed is Myiopsitta monachus.

they can also live up to 30 years with proper care, in wild they may reach 20 years old or less.

They are one of the best talking parrots and can memorize a big list of vocabulary and can mimic a lot of human sounds. Quakers are very energetic parrot that requires more attention from his owner. You can give him toys or let him play with water, this will make him happy and satisfied.

Where Is it Legal to Own a Quaker Parrot?

In The states of Utah, Washington, Texas, South Dakota, South Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, North Dakota, North Carolina, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Nevada, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Mississippi, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Louisiana, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Florida, Delaware, Arkansas, Arizona, Alaska, and Alabama, you can own a quaker parrot with no restrictions.

In Ohio, to Own a quaker, you should make sure you clip his wings and prevent him from flying away.

New Jersey And New York Has Their Own Criteria to own A quaker, in new jersey you should some official papers and provide them to the Fish & Wildlife Division. in New York and Colorado quaker parrot should be close banded to prevent him from flying away, which means that the owner should tie them or keep them indoors only. The same in the state of Virginia.

Besides being banded. The state of Vermont requires every type of parrot to be micro-chipped or at least having some sort of identification showing who was the breeder of the parrot.

What To Do With Your Illegal Quaker

If you somehow found yourself an owner of a quaker in one of the prohibition states, I Highly Recommend Not letting your quaker fly away at any cost.

The states of California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Georgia, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Kansas prohibit their residents from owning, selling, or breeding quaker parakeet.

In some states and as punishments they won’t allow your parrot to have a visit to a vet which will put your parrot’s life at risk, some states like Pennsylvania will euthanasia the parrot.

Knowing these things, you should decide what to do with your illegal parrot. If you care for him and you want him to have a healthy and riskless life, then you should find him a shelter in one of the states that allow Quakers, you can contact individuals, organizations, and even pet and avian stores which may buy the parrot from you.

If you kept your quaker, you must know the risks, And the consequences your parrot could face, And prepare to keep your quaker’s wings clipped, and never let him fly freely even if you trained him properly to fly and return to you.

Animals including parrots are very unpredictable and can fly away and never return if something scared them while they were flying.

You also have to prepare to keep your Quaker always indoors, and as mentioned Quakers Are very energetic parrots, and require stimulants on a sustainable pattern.

If you have to go out for a while, you should provide your quaker with toys and a water fountain. Etc. tools that will keep him mindful & busy.


What are the Quaker Parrot Illegal States

The states of California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Georgia, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Kansas prohibit their residents from owning, selling, or breeding quaker parrots.

Do You think it’s fair to prohibit little quaker in some states? Tell me what do you think in the comment section.