6. Monk Parakeet
Monk parakeet also known as quaker parrot mainly found across Europe, South and North America. Like other talking birds, monk parakeets also require care and proper training to mimic the human voice. Monk parakeets learn and imitate the words they hear repeatedly from the trainer.
A well socialized monk parakeet also able to use the words they learned at right situations. It is only practical if the trainer associate right actions or emotions with words while teaching. This social bird also mimics other sounds they hear from the surroundings.
The monk parakeet, also known as the Quaker parrot, is a small, bright-green parrot with a greyish breast and greenish-yellow abdomen. In most taxonomies, it is classified as the only member of the genus Myiopsitta. It originates from the temperate to subtropical areas of Argentina and the surrounding countries in South America. Self-sustaining feral populations occur in many places, mainly in North America and Europe.
The nominate subspecies of this parakeet is 29 cm long on average, with a 48 cm wingspan, and weighs 100 g. Females tend to be 10–20% smaller, but can only be reliably sexed by DNA or feather testing. It has bright-green upperparts. The forehead and breast are pale gray with darker scalloping and the rest of the underparts are very light-green to yellow. The remiges are dark blue, and the tail is long and tapering. The bill is orange. The call is a loud and throaty chape or quak quaki quak-wi quarr, and screeches skveet.
Domestic breeds in colors other than the natural plumage have been produced. These include birds with white, blue, and yellow in place of green. As such coloration provides less camouflage, feral birds are usually of wild-type coloration.