Squawks the Parrot
Artwork of Squawks the Parrot from Donkey Kong Country Returns.
Family Quawks the Parrot,
Tawks the Parrot
Species Parrot
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Powers/Abilities Capable of flying,
Can hold lantern and provide light in dark places,
Can spit eggs at enemies,
Can lift Kongs up to high up places,
Can detect proximity to Puzzle Pieces or Bonus Rooms' entrances
Allies Kong Family
Enemies Kremling Krew, Screech
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Donkey Kong Land III
Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (for SNES) (1994)

Squawks the Parrot is an Animal Buddy that first appeared in the game Donkey Kong Country.


Donkey Kong series

Squawks, holding a lantern to help the Kongs, in Donkey Kong Country.

Donkey Kong Country

In the original Donkey Kong Country, Squawks only appears in one level, Torchlight Trouble, which is in the Gorilla Glacier world. Once released from his crate, Squawks will follow Donkey and Diddy Kong through the pitch-black cavern. Armed with a bright lantern, Squawks lights up the surrounding area, allowing the Kongs to see ahead and complete the dark level.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest/Donkey Kong Land 2

During the events of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, Squawks has grown up. In this game, Squawks can be directly controlled (unlike his previous appearance). He can fly in the air by flapping his wings and attack enemies by shooting eggs from his beak. He is first found in the level Squawks's Shaft, which is named after him. In some levels, Squawks is released from a crate. Squawks will then carry his Kong allies through the level, until reaching a No Animal Sign. In other levels, the Kongs will directly transform into Squawks. Additionally, it is interesting to note that Squawks will not fly away when hit by an enemy. Instead, one of the Kongs will drop from his claws. Squawks remains playable as long as a second Kong remains. As such, Squawks acts the same regardless of whether he is released from a crate or transformed into from an Animal Barrel. However, when carrying the Kongs, Squawks flies much slower than when the Kongs transform into Squawks, as Squawks is obviously slowed down by the Kongs' weight.

Squawks is also the first Animal Buddy to take part in a boss battle. In Donkey Kong Country 2, Squawks has to fight the leader of the Zingers himself, King Zing. In fact, Rambi is the first Animal Buddy to encounter the Zinger boss, but as he cannot defeat him, he simply runs away from him as the boss chases the rhinoceros through a normal, honey-filled level (Rambi Rumble). In the boss's lair (the level King Zing Sting), it is Squawks who actually fights the massive Zinger King.

Squawks has a purple counterpart named Quawks, who only appears in one level, Parrot Chute Panic, which is in the Gloomy Gulch world. Unlike Squawks, Quawks cannot spit eggs out of his mouth or fly upwards. His ability in this game is to help the Kongs descend. Strangely, Quawks' name is not mentioned in the game's ending.

In the Game Boy Advance version, he can spew eggs slightly quicker.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!/Donkey Kong Land III

Squawks remains unchanged in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III. Quawks also reappears as a rather uncommon Animal Buddy who possesses most of Squawks' abilities including the ability to fly upwards. The only difference is that he cannot spit out eggs, but he can lift up Barrels with his talons and drop them. Similarly to the previous game, Quawks' name is not mentioned in the ending.

Like the previous game, the Game Boy Advance version has him able to spew eggs at a slightly quicker pace.

Donkey Kong 64

Strangely, Squawks returns to his original size in Donkey Kong 64. It is Squawks who first informs Donkey Kong that his Golden Bananas were stolen by the vile King K. Rool. In this adventure, Squawks fulfills a variety of roles. Squawks acts as a guide and provide information to the Kongs, he carries Tiny Kong in his claws if the young Kong shrunk herself, and he carries a lantern in dark caves (just like in the original Donkey Kong Country).

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Squawks appears as an item in the racing game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.

Donkey Kong Country Returns/Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Squawks makes an appearance in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. He can be purchased from Cranky Kong's Shop for fifteen Banana Coins (or five coins in the 3DS version New Mode). If Squawks is equipped from the inventory, he will then appear in the next level that the player enters. He does not carry the Kongs or attacks the enemies as in the previous games, but instead sits on a little branch on the bottom of the screen and squawks when Donkey and Diddy Kong are near a Puzzle Piece or Bonus Room's entrance. This is very useful for finding hidden Puzzle Pieces, but not for actually getting them.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Squawks fulfills the same role as in the two previous games (Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D): to indicate when the Kongs are close to a Puzzle Piece or Bonus Room's entrance. But he is now purchased from Funky Kong's shop, Funky's Fly 'N' Buy.


Donkey Kong Country comic

Squawks meets the Kongs in Donkey Kong Country comic.

Squawks appears in the second part of the Club Nintendo comic Donkey Kong Country as an ally of Donkey and Diddy Kong. He is given to them by Candy Kong at her Save Point, and he brings them to a cave. Inside, the Kongs get attacked by a Kritter. With the help of Squawks, who uses his lantern to project Donkey's shadow onto the wall, the Kongs scare the enemy away. After this event, Diddy and Donkey leave Squawks and proceed.

Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24

In Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24, a comic published in the same magazine, Squawks is seen conducting an "automatic parrot wake-up service" to get the Kongs off their palms in the morning. He uses a microphone and speakers to tell a joke. Diddy calls Squawks a "dumb parrot" and claims that he is telling the same joke every morning.


Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country 2/Donkey Kong Land 2

Donkey Kong Country 3

Donkey Kong Land III





  • Along with Enguarde the Swordfish, Squawks has the most non-cameo appearances of all the Animal Buddies in the Donkey Kong series (however Enguarde has the most playable appearances). Squawks is the only Animal Buddy who fulfills multiple tasks throughout the series.
  • In Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, when Squawks is selected or purchased from Cranky Kong's Shop, Cranky says some the following phrases:
    • "Take this guy off my hands. He's making a real mess of the place."
    • "If you're having trouble finding secrets, Squawks is your man! Err... bird!"
    • "Of course, I would have no need for this little guy. But you aren't me, are you?"
    • "Squawks will help you find hidden secrets. He is so helpful."
    • "Not only does he keep me company, he reminds where I left my keys!"
    • "Keep him safe, you hear?!"
    • "In my day, if you wanted to find secrets, you found them yourself!"
    • "Now go find some secrets!"
    • "Squawks will speak up when he finds secrets... for a friend."
    • "He likes it when you scratch him just behind the ears."
  • In the Funky Mode of the Nintendo Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, where Funky Kong is the main character controlled by the player, if he/she visits the Funky's Fly 'N' Buy, he/she will meet Tawks the Parrot. The parrot will take care of the shop instead of Funky Kong in this mode. It is safe to assume that Tawks is somehow related to Squawks, maybe even as close relatives, like Quawks the Parrot.
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General Animal CrateAnimal Token • (Giant) Banana (Bunch) • CrateCrystal CoconutCrystal StarEnd of Stage TargetExtra Life BalloonKannonKannonballK-O-N-G LettersNo Animal SignTireTreasure Chest
Coins Banana CoinBear CoinBonus CoinDK CoinKremkoinKong TokenNintendo CoinRareware Coin
Vehicles GyrocopterHover CraftMine CartMotor BoatRocket BarrelSkull CartTobogganTurbo Ski
Shop Banana JuiceDK Barrel (DD, DX & CK Barrels) • Extra Life BalloonHeart BoostMap KeySquawks the Parrot
Others Banana FairyBanana MedalBoss KeyCogCrestGolden FeatherPuzzle PieceRare Orb
Micellaneous Brothers Bear Items (Bowling BallMirror)
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