Quawks the Parrot

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Quawks the Parrot
Quawks Artwork - Donkey Kong Country 3.png
Quawks's official artwork, as seen in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.
Full Name Quawks the Parrot
Species Parrot
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (2007)

“Squawks has relatives who can pick up barrels with their claws and bomb the baddies below.”
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Manual, Page 17

Quawks the Parrot is an Animal Buddy in the Donkey Kong series who first appears in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[1]. While Quawks was named in Japan from the start[1][2], he was known to English-speaking gamers by unofficial fan terms for over a decade, until "Quawks" was also used in the English version of Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. Because the answer to the question "What is the name of your parrot buddy?" in the Swanky's Bonus Bonanza trivia game from Donkey Kong Country 2 had the possible answers of "Squawks", "Squeaks" and "Flapper", the website DK Vine recycled the incorrect names to refer to the unnamed purple and blue parrots of Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Country 2, respectively. After the release of Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, "Squeaks" was revealed to be "Quawks", and additional Japanese material coming to light eventually revealed that the "blue" Donkey Kong Country 2 bird was also Quawks[1].

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest / Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

The DKC2 and DKL2 sprites.
The DKC2 and DKL2 sprites.
The DKC2 and DKL2 sprites.

Quawks only appears in one level in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, called "Parrot Chute Panic". Here he aids Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong by grabbing onto them and slowly descending down a large Zinger hive. Though Flapper's assistance seems unnecessary, it is actually quite needed as without Quawks, the Kongs would descend the Zinger hive uncontrollably, and probably land on a Zinger. It is sometimes easier to use Dixie Kong to float down though.

Quawks has no way to defend himself, so it's important that the player doesn't collide with any enemies while descending. The player can let go Quawks at any point, but after getting past certain parts of a level, Quawks will release the Kongs and the will have to continue from there on foot.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble[edit]

Quawks Sprite.png

Quawks' second appearance was in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble. His in-game sprites were not as bluish as his debut appearance, and he was given matching artwork for the time in this game.

Unlike Squawks, he does not have the ability to spit eggs at enemies; instead, he picks up barrels with his claws and drops them on the ground to hit enemies. Like all animal buddies, Quawks is only playable until he reaches a No Animal Sign, or in this case, a "No Quawks Sign". He is the only Animal Buddy who does not appear in the end credits.

Levels:

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

In Donkey Kong 64, purple parrots similar in appearance to Quawks appear as background characters in some of the game's cutscenes, along with green parrots.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

Quawks makes an appearance as an item in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (along with Squawks), where he acts similar to the Spiny Shell from the Mario Kart series; when obtained, he can be used to knock the racer who is in first place.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オウムのコークス
Ōmu no Kōkusu
Quawks the Parrot. Derived from 「スコークス」 Sukōkusu, Squawks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Scan of a Japanese Donkey Kong Country 2 manual from eBay. The last line of the Squawks biography names a second parrot as "Quawks", and appears to mention both his purple colour and his role of descending in the game. (Retrieved February 1, 2014)
  2. ^ Characters at the Japanese Donkey Kong Country 3 (Game Boy Advance) website (both Squawks and Quawks are given names) (Retrieved February 1, 2014)