We have raised Clean Green And Blue Mutation Pacific Parrotlets. These little birds are true Amazon parrots with a BIG attitude and a BIG appetite. The clean green is green in color while the mutations can be teal blue, American White, now called dilute blue and American Yellow, now called yellow dilute. There are also lutinos, albinos, pied and pastel parrotlets.
They are feisty little clowns, always on the move. They love to play with all the toys; are always on the move and enjoy hanging upside down as one of their little tricks. If you have two together in a cage, they are often seen snuggled together or preening each other. If you decide to breed them…get ready they are prolific breeders, often laying 7-8 eggs with all of them being fertile.
Toys I use and recommend:
- Petsvv: Bird Perch, Rope Bungee Bird Toy
- Super Bird Creations Mini Flying Trapeze Toy for Birds
- Prevue Hendryx 62801 Naturals Coco Hideaway with Ladder Bird Toy
- Popsicle Sticks Bird Toy for Small / Medium Birds – MADE IN USA – Multi-Pack by Beakaroos – Parakeet Cockatiel Conure Parrotlet Lovebird Shredder
- Super Bird Creations 6-1/2 by 3-Inch Mini Stainless Steel Treat Cage Bird Toy, Small
Great Apartment Pet
Parrotlets are from Peru and measure under six inches in length – (about the size of a large dill pickle)! They make a great apartment or condo pet because of their small accommodation requirements and are not loud birds.
I would not keep them in a cage smaller than 18″x18″ but a cage that is longer than taller is better to give them plenty of room to roam! I keep mine in a cage that is 24″x16″16.” Fill their cages with safe toys and watch them destroy them!
Because they are intelligent little guys, they want your attention on a daily basis. They need interaction not only to keep them from being lonely but also to keep them happy and sweet. You should give them some time outside their cage every day BUT with supervision. They depend on YOU to keep them free from harm. You must not lose sight of them, they can move fast and quickly become lost or may get stepped on or fall prey to any other animals in the home. They are quite capable of love and friendship, not to mention the entertainment they provide. They can do it without loud noise making too!
Their diet consists of cockatiel seed and several companies have formulated a seed just for parrotlets. In addition to seed, they enjoy cooked brown rice, pasta, a variety of beans, mixed veggies, sweet potato, broccoli, fruit in moderation – peaches, pears, and apples are favorites in my house. They also like cornbread that I make to feed my canaries. I sprinkle different seeds on top of their veggies like hemp, sesame and poppy seed. As often as I can, I will sprout seeds for them; they also like couscous.
My birds have never been big water drinkers or particularly heavy bathers. I do take cues from them when I see them playing in the drinking water, I will give them a bathing container – not more than two inches deep. I use hanging water bottles for all my birds – never open containers that quickly become pea soup.
I give vitamins in the soft food at least once a week. They do not need grit but cuttlebone in their cage at all times. But the most important thing that you can do is offer your little parrotlet a safe, clean environment. He should not be exposed to cold drafts nor placed in the hot sun. Do not use scented candles, Teflon pans, oven cleaner, carpet cleaners or strong cleaning agents around your birds.
Getting A Companion
If you decide to get a mate for your little one, there are certain precautions you must take to assure a safe and non-threatening encounter. You can either put the new addition in a cage next to the existing one or put them in a wire divided cage. A lot depends on their ages if they are easily compatible. Two young birds under 3 months old generally will cohabitate with no problems. However, I always acclimate them to each other very slowly.
Because it is always recommended that you quarantine any new arrival for a minimum of 2 1/2 to 3 weeks, never just throw new birds together. Give them time to adjust to new sounds and a new intruder into their abode. They just may not like the idea at first but most will be accommodating in time.
I like to use a double breeder with the wire divider. Give them time to check each other out. I do encourage you to watch them initially and if one tries continually to bite the feet of the others when near the wire, further separate them until they are more comfortable. Always let the female go into the male side of the cage NEVER the reverse. Again, females are more territorial. When you are comfortable with their interactions put them together.
Companionship And Children
Last but certainly not least these little guys can be good loving companions. Those that make the best pets are well socialized. If your little guy was handfed and you get him or her soon thereafter and work with them every day, yours will/can be also. These are not pets for children. You know the maturity of your children. Be concerned for the safety of your children and for the safety of your pet. Handling the parrotlets or any animal incorrectly can cause serious harm and even death of your pet. Children do not have the maturity to realize that these little intelligent beings can bite and can be harmed or killed if held too tightly. These are little hookbills and can and will bite if not trained to not do so.
To train them, they need to be clipped so they cannot fly up and into harms way. Keeping them clipped also has a positive effect on their attitudes in a positive way. You may have trouble getting them out of their cage. I like to use a paper towel to help move them to a play area or on top of their cage. You must have plenty of patience. With patience, you can overtime show him how much you love him and only want to provide him/her the best environment possible.
Again, it does take patience. Many of my clients have gotten birds that were not handfed and because I like to stay in touch and followup with the owners of all my birds, I hear how well they are progressing. If you are afraid of animals and birds in general, you will find it hard to train your bird…they sense your feelings.
Looking For Something For Your Child?
If you are seeking a tactile pet for a young person, you might consider a cockatiel that has been handfed. You could then work up to a parrotlet. Again, you are the better judge of the maturity of your children to determine if they are ready for parrotlets.
I hope this information is helpful to you. By all means, research the type bird(s) that you get especially if you have little knowledge about them.