The altura almost black parrot’s long, white beak and red cheeks, strong neck, and great ability to mimic the same word are responsible for its name in Maine and Massachusetts.
These adaptations provide the quaker parakeet with a number of useful social skills. When meeting a particular individual, a human, the parakeet learns to mimic the person’s voice, syllables, body posture, and sometimes to emit a high-pitched call to encourage the bird toward the human. The quaker parakeet does not rate its social dominance on the human’s letter board games like “Who’s more intelligent?,” but gives a number of different social status rankings.
The most intelligent parakeets tend to be that near their own nest. One quaker bird that came to Boston in 1851 found that at its nest, the female dominated the smaller male by virtue of a “cuttlebone” that was shared between them ’ often the first within the female’s vicinity and second pieced back onto her nest to give others the right to intermingle with her nestlings. The nestling would retrieve a cuttlebone from the nest of another female and, generally, the best one would mate with the female who would die holding she had claimed it.
Another difference in quaker parakeets and some of the other birds is that the mother may remain at her nest for up to two months after the chicks begin to leave. If the female mourns the bad luck of the chick that did not make it, the female may not resume her previous duties and may possibly sit alone, dead and alone, if the nest is not repaired when the chicks are seven to ten days old. Once again the parakeet, may learn how to play the termite “game” with its own stingray not unlike the game of “whammies.”
It has petted and cared for brand E.T., a common named stingray. The fancy ware bird also has been seen to use a tapeworm out of the pouches on its rump as carrion. The scope of a quaker parakeet may have broadened dramatically, and they are so prevalent that it may be more important to put social needs over their general welfare to keep them away from predators. One may be perplexed as to why the use of such a clever and volatile species involves responsibility’s based conservation.