Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q) What can I do to help the parrots?

A) Whether you are a bird enthusiast, concerned citizen or just a casual reader, there is a wide range of things you can do as an individual:

  1. Feed the birds, particularly during the winter months when food is scarce*

  2. Build alternate housing if you feel their current nest-sites are threatened*

  3. Report any suspicions of abuse to agencies equipped to handle such things

  4. Write to your local or state representatives

*Specific instructions on feeding and housing quaker parrots are listed below.

Q) Can wild parrots talk like most parrots?

A) As far as talking ability, the domestically owned breed known as the Quaker parrot has an amazing capacity to imitate both sounds and human speech. Years ago, Bird Talk Magazine placed the Quaker Parrot on its top ten list of the best talking birds. Wild Quakers, however, would not be expected to imitate human speech.

Q) What do they sound like?

A) Often, you will hear the wild parrots long before you can see them. An .mp3 sample is available of what wild parrots sound like.

Q) Feeding the parrots: How can I attract wild parrots to my feeders?

A) Building feeding platforms near the area of their nest can attract the wild parrots. The platform itself should be made of plywood, or some other flat surface, 2 feet by 4 feet (2' X 4') mounted on a pole at least 8 feet tall and buried at least 2 feet down. Simply place wild bird seed on the top of the platform each day. During the coldest months of the year, December to February, the birds feed almost exclusively on bird seed at backyard feeders. In warmer months, wild parrots usually search for food in groups of two to fifty-five birds on plant buds, weeds, fruits and berries of area shrubs and trees.

Q) Housing the parrots: How do I build a desirable nest?

  1. A)The following affiliate site link contains detailed instructions on how to build a nest.

Important: Before the decision is made to construct a home for wild parrots, keep in mind they are noisy and that the colony can get quite large (up to 40 birds). If the decision still stands, start feeding the parrots right away in order to get them used to the spot where the nest will be built. Keep the nest away from overhead wires, as this is metal construction. Also consider if there are any natural predators in the area such feral or domestic cats, or one in which hawks are regularly seen to hunt and nest.

Wild Parrots of New York 2015