Parrotlets As Pets, Their Temperament, Health, Origin & More
Size: 10 - 14 cm / 4 - 5 ½ inches
Life Expectancy: 12 - 20 years
Parrotlets are bold and inquisitive birds who bond with their owners quite easily. The seven species of Parrotlets are Pacifics or Celestials, Blue Wings, Green Rumps, Mexicans, Sclater's, Spectacles and Yellow Face. Contrary to their smaller size, Parrotlets can be energetic and docile. With adequate training and care they can become amazing pets. The most common among Parrotlets are Celestial and Green Rump Parrotlets.
Male Parrotlets are olive green with a grayish wash over their backs and chests. They have a striking deep cobalt blue rump, blue eye streaks that curve back and down from their eyes, and deep blue primary and secondary wing feathers. The females may have some blue on them, similar to the males except for the wings, but their coloring won't be as deep and pronounced. Or they may be entirely green. Both have pink legs and beaks. They have a stocky, almost pear-shaped build, and weigh from 28-32g.
Types of Parrotlets
The most popular type of Parrotlet is:
Originating from western Equador to north-western Peru, the Pacific Parrotlets have melted more
than a million hearts. The Pacific Parrotlet has a dark green back and wings with light green
feathers on the face.
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Origin of the Parrotlet
Originating from western Equador to north-western Peru, the Parrotlets have melted more than a million hearts. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and heavily degraded former forest.
- Parrotlets often have a feisty, courageous nature that belies their tiny size.
- They frequently learn to talk. They have limited talking ability, but with patience.
- Training is good for your Parrotlet and a definite boon to you.
- Many Parrotlets can be hilarious, happy and mischievous.
- Training can remove behavioral problems and make your pet freindly and affectionate.
and practice, can learn to say several words, short phrases, and many sounds and whistles. Their voices are small in proportion to their size and sometimes it is hard to recognize words. Their natural sounds are very pleasant chirps. The lack of noise makes them ideal for apartment or condominium dwellers.
The Parrotlets does not scream. A fun to look at, they will constantly entertain you with their antics. In fact, sometimes they can be quite mischievous. Since they love activities it is necessary to provide them with a lot of toys. Their cage should be spacious enough to give them room to play and exercise comfortably. Taming them is not a hard work. Skillful training accompanied by patience and concentration would produce wonderful results. .
Parrotlet As A Pet
As pets Parrotlets are often cute and cuddly, and at times, quite moody and fierce. Parrotlets have bigger personalities in even smaller packages. They can win you over simply by their size and amenable disposition. Parrotlets are amazing, intelligent, adaptable, and energetic. These tiny little birds make wonderful pets with proper care and training.
Learn how to fully train your Parrotlet and control his behavior
The cage shape is also very important for the bird. Square or rectangular cages are more appropriate for parrots. Before buying the cage, do a thorough checking of the security mechanism.
The cage should be placed in a location that is out of direct sunlight and drafts. Put the cage in the room where the family spends most of its time. Your bird will enjoy interacting with everyone. Be sure lighting is adequate.
Cage size should be:
- Parrotlets need approximately: 24" W x 24" H x 24" D
- Bar spacing: 1/2"
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Since commercial food does not meet your bird's nutritional needs, a Parrotlet strives best on grains, fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, pellets and meats.
- Small hookbill
- Small or mini pellets
- Fresh vegetables
- In the while they eat fruit and berries, so these can be a nice addition to the diet.
- Some whole grains such as cooked quinoa, sprouted bread, and millet on occasion.
- Vitamin and calcium supplements should be added in their diet from time to time.
Remember, your pet's diet will improve its health and will keep it content.
What is the Ideal Diet For Your Parrotlet
Although hardy birds, but the Parrotlets are prone to accidents owing to their small size. Usually active, energetic and healthy, Parrotlet can suffer from common diseases like any other Parrots. These health issues are:
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- feather plucking
- beak swelling
- wheezing or coughing
- favoring one foot
- eye or nasal discharge
- red or swollen eyes
Care should be taken while trimming your bird's feathers.
How To Keep Your Parrotlet Healthy?
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