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“Squawks has relatives who can pick up barrels with their claws and bomb the baddies below.”
Quawks is an Animal Friend in the Donkey Kong series who first appears in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. While Quawks was named in Japan from the start, 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.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest / Donkey Kong Land 2
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. 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 automatically, and they will have to continue from there on foot.
In the Game Boy Advance version, Quawks's appearance is edited to be more purplish like in Donkey Kong Country 3.
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 Friends, Quawks is only playable until he reaches a No Animal Sign, or in this case, a "No Quawks Sign". He is the only Animal Friend who does not appear in the end credits.
In Donkey Kong 64, purple parrots similar in appearance to Quawks appear as background characters in some of the game's cutscenes, along with Squawks.
Quawks makes an appearance as an item in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (along with Squawks), where he acts similarly to the Spiny Shell from the Mario Kart series; when obtained, he can be used to knock the racer who is in first place. If he is summoned by a Kong, the player who was hit will also lose all of their bananas. Unlike the Spiny Shell, it is possible for more than one Quawks to be in play during a race.
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