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warm and comfortable nest for shelter and safety. Maternal affection and concern come naturally to them. Usually, they nibble off the lumber inside a tree cavern to carve out a spongy surface, on which the female Quaker Parrots lay their spawns. Their sharp beaks come of help when they excavate holes in banks, cliff faces or termite mounds. Female Quaker Parrots usually lay small batches of eggs on alternate days, and only then they get ready for the incubation of eggs. The young are naked when they are born, with no hair or feathers. So, special care and affection are vital. It is heart-warming to see Quaker Parrots taking care of their newly hatched babies. No wonder, they respond so well to human affection!

Watch Them Grow In a Distinct Social Environment

Quaker Parrots tend to be a very sociable species. Pair bonding is the in-thing among them, and young Quaker Parrots (like our own youngsters) may select their lifetime cohorts before maturity. With the exception of the breeding season, Quaker Parrots do not tend to be particularly territorial in nature. They are seen in flocks of small groups or, sometimes, thousands in number. Just close your eyes and imagine the sight. Hundreds of colorful Quaker Parrots across a clear blue sky would give you a glimpse of Heaven from earth. Given the fact that Quaker Parrots are largely nomadic, they fly really fast and make full use of all the natural resources they come across, sans competition. Thus, flying in flocks can be seen as a safety measure against predators. Research on and careful observation of mannerisms and habits of the species show that some Quaker Parrots even post `guards' to raise alarm when they sense imminent danger. They have different calls for different purposes such as soft contact calls, alert calls, or calls made to take off. You experience these sights and sounds only in natural surroundings.

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