I am now the proud owner of Sparky, a normal green quaker. He was purchased from an elderly couple in London that
wanted to keep him but the neighbours had complained of his noise which isn't that bad really. If you are looking for
a very intelligent bird I suggest a quaker. Sparky already had a list of words that he knew when he came home but has
since expanded them to many more. Trust me he knows exactly when to pull it off too and where to say things. He
has been patient in teaching Jimmy the conure new words.
About 6 months after Sparky had been with us, we were shocked to find out he wasn't a he. Sparky had laid at the
time one egg but went on to five eggs. She would make the perfect mother if she would accept a male in her territory
because she faithfully sat on those duds for weeks. I haven't tried to breed her because its in the nature of the breed
to be nippy. And I am not sure she would take to it. She thinks like a small dog does that she is ruler of
the roost still even with the cockatoos I own now but thankfully they don't really care. Just watch her strut and kinda
smirk. She has been a joy in our lives and is very attached to us. I don't know if I would recommend this
bird for a novice due to the nippy nature. But if you are ready to endure a few nips then have at it. You will
love the conversations you have. I know I enjoy hers and her immitation of windows being cleaned or microwave.
My son hates that one. She gets him every time with the microwave.
They come now in a variety of colors and are restricted in some areas. If you are considering getting one then
you should be certain that you are allowed to have one. There are colonies of them in the US flying free destroying
crops. But if you want to have a talker go for it and the compact size is nice too.