My Quaker Willow is afraid of new objects like any sort of toy. So I have been praising him whenever he touches a toy while he’s sitting in his basket on my lap.
I bought rainbow links and hung them all over his cage. He is starting to play with and move them. I thought he might try to weave them after seeing him make weaving motions with a big toy that was too clunky to weave.
Anyhow, I separated out a red, a yellow, and a blue link and I’ve been handing (beaking?) them to him and naming the color. So, red link, yellow link, blue link. Or toy. Can’t remember which.
I know parrots can learn to select a certain color to get food. Does anyone know if Quakers have ever been taught their colors? I read about the studies with Alex years ago but Willow doesn’t talk very much. So I don’t know that he will repeat or name anything, but maybe he can learn to select the red or yellow or blue link.
P.s. I told him he is a “blue” bird and showed him in the mirror.
Last Edit: Jan 10, 2023 3:48:57 GMT -5 by heatherg
It's certainly worth trying to teach Willow to identify colors. I don't know of any formal studies of that kind done with Quaker parrots, or anyone who has done color identification with their own QPs.
Ralph does know that he's "a little green Quaker parrot," and I've showed him other objects that are also green, but I haven't seen any evidence that he associates the color with the word. I've also pointed out the color of other things but again, I haven't seen any indication that Ralph associates the words with the colors. He does react to some colors, such as his dislike of most things that are orange and his refusal to eat purple ZuPreem pellets (Scooter wouldn't eat them either). So it's certain that parrots can recognize colors and it's possible that most any parrot could potentially learn to identify them by name.
Interesting, it will be fun if you can teach Willow colours. Parrots definitely have favourite colours, like Ralph, Casey chooses to eat different colours of pellets. More than once I’ve looked in his pellet dish and he has sorted them by colour in the dish. That really surprised me