hey all , almost had my mind made on on getting my wife a maroone bellied coure for her b-day, have been researching them for a couple of months now. now the breeder that i was going to get one from tells me about the quakers hes got so i sat down last night and started to look them up, , from what i have been reading just last night, they sure seem like a very nice bird. the reason i was leaning on the maroon bellied counure was the noise level, as i am a shift worker, so how would the noise level be on the quakers. and anything else anyone can tell me that compares the two, pluses and negatives. thanks again. fred
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The Maroone bellies are a member of the Pyrrhura species, from the best I can tell all share the same traits (just different colors). You may consider trying to find a Pyrrhura breeder in your area if you decide to go with Maroone belly.
I was just recently comparing the Quaker and Pyrrhura's myself and ended up going with another Green Cheek. I've spent hours talking with a few people I know about this to help make my decision, one of which has breed Quakers and Pyrrhura's at differnet points over the last 13 years.
http://www.pyrrhurabreedersassociation.com/rosifron.htm

Here is some general information:
- Lifespan:
Quakers average between 30-35 years, Pyrrhura's 25-30 years.

- Noise level:
Quakers are inconsistant when it comes to noise level, some can be very loud some aren't so much. It depends on the bird and what it learns.

Pyrrhura's are one the quitest of companion birds you can own.

-Origin:
Both Quakers and Pyrrhura's are native to South America.

- Ability to talk:
Quakers have excellent talking capabilities.
Pyrrhura's are not such great talkers, but it seems most learn a few words.
- Cuddle
Quakers and Pyrrhura's can both be great cuddle birds, depends on the bird and what they learn.
- Playful/Active behavior
Pyrrhura's are a bit more active than Quakers and should have more toys in their cage. Pyrrhura's are known to be "little clowns" and love to dangle upside down, by one foot, etc...
- Nippy behavior
Any bird can bite, training is going to be an important factor regardless of what you get. I've heard the Quaker can have a very hard (painful) bite and will often break the skin. Quakers should be well socialized and handled with/by the entire family it will be living with, otherwise it may form agressive behavior towards some members and bit them.
Pyrrhura's of course can bite as well, but if they are well socialized most tend to not show agression towards people they encouter daily.

Either bird could bound to one person and appear most happy in the company of that person.

In my area, Quakers are the best selling companion birds next to "normal" Parakettes (budgies) and their prices are $150-$200 for the normal (green) colored ones. I don't have any breeders around here that breed Blue, Yellow or Whites, but I've been told a Blue Quaker can go for around $350 here.
Pyrrhura's range in price, the normals and maroone bellies go from $180-$250. Cinnamon's and Yellow-sides $300-$350.
hey all , almost had my mind made on on getting my wife a maroone bellied coure for her b-day, ... the quakers. and anything else anyone can tell me that compares the two, pluses and negatives. thanks again. fred

Bad points:
Conures are noisey bloody things.
Good points:
Mine shuts up when hit hard around the head or thrown at pace into a brick wall.
hey all , almost had my mind made on on ... compares the two, pluses and negatives. thanks again. fred

Bad points: Conures are noisey bloody things.


Quakers are very noisy too, but it seems to be generally agreed upon that conures are the noisier of the two.
Personally, for the limited extent of my interaction with either, I like the personality of Quakers, and the playfulness of conures. Tough call.

Make sure Quakers are legal in your state if you plan on getting one.
Bad points: Conures are noisey bloody things.

Quakers are very noisy too, but it seems to be generally agreed upon that conures are ... Tough call. Make sure Quakers are legal in your state if you plan on getting one.

Maroon Bellys are actually fairly quiet. I have a Black-capped conure, which is a close relative (same genera, different species), and while he does trill to himself quite a bit it is not very loud. The cockatiels are louder, actually. Quakers are not quite as noisy as a Sun Conure, but IME they are close.
Gloria
I'm not familure with all species, but I know there is a pretty big difference in noise level between Pyrrhura's (Green Cheek, Maroone Bellies, etc..) and Aratinga (Sun's, Jendays, etc..). I've been told most Pyrrhura's make little noise (except at day break and dusk) mine last Green Cheek was not very noisey at all. We have to Parakette's who make much more noise than he did.
For bird lovers the solution seems to be to own both. I'm planing to buy a Quaker within the next six to nine months.
hey all , almost had my mind made on on ... compares the two, pluses and negatives. thanks again. fred

Bad points: Conures are noisey bloody things.

you are showing your ignorance. Not all conures are noisy. Mainly the aratinga conures are loud whereas small ones like the maroon bellied and green cheeked are not particularly.
Good points: Mine shuts up when hit hard around the head or thrown at pace into a brick wall.

your mum should have done the same when you cried as a baby.
Quakers are very noisy too, but it seems to be generally agreed upon that conures are the noisier of the two.Wrong. not all conures are noisy. The larger aratingas, nandays and suns are noisy.

Quakers can be bloody noisy. I have both.
Personally, for the limited extent of my interaction with either, I like the personality of Quakers, and the playfulness of conures. Tough call.

both the quakers and Pyrrhura conures are playful IME. I love both of the species. I have to admit though that quakers have a very loud alarm call , the small conures do not.
Quakers have a better talking ability it seems judging by mine.
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