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  • 3 Inch x 4 Inch Canary Swing Birdie Basics 387 by Prevue
    3 Inch x 4 Inch Canary Swing Birdie Basics 387 by Prevue
    Simple wood dowel swing for canaries, parakeets and finches. 3" x 4" Simple wood dowel swing for canaries, parakeets and finches. 3" x 4" ...
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  • 4 inch x 5 inch Parakeet Swing Birdie Basics 388 by Prevue
    4 inch x 5 inch Parakeet Swing Birdie Basics 388 by Prevue
    Simple wood dowel swing for parakeets, lovebirds, smallest parrots. 4 1/2" H x 4" W Simple wood dowel swing for parakeets, lovebirds, smallest parrots. 4 1/2" H x 4...
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  • ABC Spoon Stack Toy for Small Birds
    ABC Spoon Stack Toy for Small Birds
    ABC Spoon Stack Toy is loaded with tinted wood spoons to tempt your cockatiels, lovebirds, parakeets, quakers. 8" Long x 3" wide UPC 606919004223 ABC Spoon Stack Toy is loaded with tinted wood spoons to tempt your cockatiels, ...
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  • Avian Suction Cup T Perch for Small Birds by Zieis
    Avian Suction Cup T Perch for Small Birds by Zieis
    Use as a "quickie" bird stand in the kitchen, bath or end table. Will stick to any smooth surface. Can be used with any scale having a smooth surface. Perfect for smaller birds like Lovebirds, Cockatiels, Parakeets, small Conures and so forth Use as a window perch too! 6" High 5/8" Perch diameter Perch is 4" wide 3-1/4" Suction cup diameter  SCALE NOT INCLUDED   Use as a "quickie" bird stand in the kitchen, bath or end table. Will stick to ...
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  • Avitech Featheriffic! Supplement For Fabulous Feathers 16 oz (.454 kg)
    Avitech Featheriffic! Supplement For Fabulous Feathers 16 oz (.454 kg)
    Great for all species of birds - 3 oz resealable heavy duty plastic jar.   Avitech is the only FDA inspected facility dedicated solely to bird care products Featheriffic will help grow fabulous feathers. Use along with AviVita Plus daily maintenance vitamins. Sprinkle on top of the food where the bird can see it. This formulation contains coarse ground corn that attracts birds and... Great for all species of birds - 3 oz resealable heavy duty plastic ja...
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  • Awesome Cockatiel & Budgie Window Play Center for Small Birds
    Awesome Cockatiel & Budgie Window Play Center for Small Birds
    Paradise Toys - Awesome Parrot Window Play Center for Small Birds - 12"x9 3/4"x6 3/4"-2.5" dia suction cup Cockatiel & Budgie Window Play Center We're recommending this for birds no larger than green cheek conures. Ideal for parrotletts - lovebirds - cockatiels and budgies.  Keep your windows damage free Your parrot can view outdoor safely Strong suction cups for safety Sturdy polycarbonate... Paradise Toys - Awesome Parrot Window Play Center for Small Birds - 12"x9 3/4"x6...
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  • Bird Bath Exterior Cage Mount for Small Birds by JW Pet
    Bird Bath Exterior Cage Mount for Small Birds by JW Pet
    Luxurious Bath for Your Feathered Friend Daily bathing keeps birds both healthy and happy. Now your pet bird can enjoy a cool and refreshing bath everyday in the JW Pet Insight Bird Bath. Assorted colors Not recommended for use with round or curved wall cages. Requires a minimum cage door opening of 3 3/8".   Dimensions: Approximately 6" x 7" x 6 1/4" tall.     JW Pet Insight Bird Bath... Luxurious Bath for Your Feathered Friend Daily bathing keeps birds both health...
  • Bird Bath Spray Feather and Skin Conditioner 16 oz (.47 l) by Natra Pet
    Bird Bath Spray Feather and Skin Conditioner 16 oz (.47 l) by Natra Pet
    Vitamin-fortified plumage and skin conditioner with natural preen oil Softens and beautifies plumage - feathers shine with a healthy luster Helps retain moisture and soothes dry, itchy skin Ideal for dry, itchy skin or birds with feather disorders. Natural ingredients like preen oil, wheat germ oil, aloe, and lanolin help retain moisture, tighten feathers, and add sheen. Contains Vitamins A,... Vitamin-fortified plumage and skin conditioner with natural preen oil Soften...
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  • Bird Kabob Stainless Steel Skewer 9 Inch Long W 1-1/4 Inch Ball
    Bird Kabob Stainless Steel Skewer 9 Inch Long W 1-1/4 Inch Ball
    Top Quality Stainless Steel 9" rod with threaded pointed tip to screw into solid 1 1/4" acrylic ball STAINLESS STEEL! GREAT  TOY BASE FOR SMALL TO MEDIUM LARGE PARROTS No large parrot cage should be without one of these. Top quality stainless steel rods with closed loop at bottom and a solid acrylic ball threaded on top. This item is ideal as large parrots cannot unscrew the ball... Top Quality Stainless Steel 9" rod with threaded pointed tip to screw into...
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  • Birdie Bagels Mini 1 in x 1/2 in Paper Chew Rings for Birds 15 pc
    Birdie Bagels Mini 1 in x 1/2 in Paper Chew Rings for Birds 15 pc
    Excellent foraging toy. Can be used stand alone, over rope for attaching additional bird toy parts.  15 pieces of 1" round rolled paper rings made just for pets, entertain your small parrot.  Clean paper based toy  Vegetable glue Bird safe  colors.       Excellent foraging toy. Can be used stand alone, over rope for attaching additi...
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  • Birdie Basics Treat Clips by Prevue, 2 pc package
    Birdie Basics Treat Clips by Prevue, 2 pc package
    Dimensions 1-1/8 Inches Wide X 2-1/8 Inches Long. 2 pc package.   Bird cage treat clips to hold spray millet  but they're designed to hold much more everything from pieces of fruit to lettuce and cuttle bone . Small birds will enjoy working their way up and down the cage bars trying to get a nibble of something now and then. It's great exercise too.   It's designed only for smaller birds and... Dimensions 1-1/8 Inches Wide X 2-1/8 Inches Long. 2 pc package.   Bird cage tre...
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  • Birdie Basics Universal Treat and Cuttlebone Holder by Prevue Pet
    Birdie Basics Universal Treat and Cuttlebone Holder by Prevue Pet
      Dimensions 1-1/8 Inches Wide X 2-1/8 Inches Long   The cuttle bone and treat holder is a story, one   Dimensions 1-1/8 Inches Wide X 2-1/8 Inches Long   The cuttle bone and treat...
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  • Bungee Boing Swing And Perch Small
    Bungee Boing Swing And Perch Small
    1/2 inch (1.3 cm) Diameter x 52 Inches (1.32 m) (total length if uncoiled) - Colors Vary Spiral Bungees are one of the most versatile perch accessories for an aviary. Hang them from the cage roof, from the ceiling, a pass through in a wall or wall bracket. Birds enjoy the motion which mimics that of tree branches. Soft on a birds feet Provides great foot exercise Wire cored rope coil... 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) Diameter x 52 Inches (1.32 m) (total length if uncoiled) - Co...
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  • Bungee Flexible Rope Perch Medium 6 Foot (1.83 m) Happy Trails Bolt On
    Bungee Flexible Rope Perch Medium 6 Foot (1.83 m) Happy Trails Bolt On
    3/8 Inch (9.5 mm) Diameter x 6 Foot (1.83 m) Long Spiral Bungees are one of the most versatile perch accessories for an aviary. With dual washer attachments at both ends, mount them side-to-side, front-to-back or any way your imagination can come up with. Birds enjoy the motion which mimics that of tree branches.* Soft on a birds feet Provides great foot exercise Wire cored rope coil bird... 3/8 Inch (9.5 mm) Diameter x 6 Foot (1.83 m) Long Spiral Bungees are one of th...
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  • Chomping Chain 7 Plastic Links For Small Parrots
    Chomping Chain 7 Plastic Links For Small Parrots
    Seven sturdy but dentable plastic chain links in seven colors for lots of chomping fun   Use as a single chain toy or separate and use as hand toys or even to hang other toys in your parrot cage.     The links hook over your cage bars with no trouble.   Toy is 8 1/4" long, each link is 1 3/4" long, great fun for small to medium birds.   The... Seven sturdy but dentable plastic chain links in seven colors for lots of chomp...
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  • Clicker Training for Birds: Getting Started Kit
    Clicker Training for Birds: Getting Started Kit
    Looking for a new way to have fun playing with your bird buddy? Or is his nickname "Birdzilla" and you have the scars to prove it? Maybe your bird is a depressed little perch potato that refuses to play at all?   This new way of training birds with a clicker and treats can dramatically improve your bird and your life together. Find out just how smart, affectionate, and fascinating birds can... Looking for a new way to have fun playing with your bird buddy? Or is his nickn...
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  • Comfy Rope Byrdy Bush Preening Perch Small 5 Inch (12.7 cm) By Booda
    Comfy Rope Byrdy Bush Preening Perch Small 5 Inch (12.7 cm) By Booda
    The Byrdy Bush™ is available in 3 sizes - Small 5/8" Thick - Medium 7/8" Thick - Large - 1 -1/4 Thick " This listing is for a Small about 5 Inches (12.7 cm) Long x 5/8 Inch (1.6 cm) Thick   NO WIRE! Booda Comfy Cotton Rope Perches are designed with new shapes, bright colors and truly comfortable feel beneath your bird's feet.  The Byrdy Bush™ helps prevent feather plucking while... The Byrdy Bush™ is available in 3 sizes - Small 5/8" Thick - Medium 7/8" Thi...
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  • Comfy Rope Cross Perch Small 5/8 Inch (1.6 cm) By Booda
    Comfy Rope Cross Perch Small 5/8 Inch (1.6 cm) By Booda
    Comfy Cross Cotton Rope Perch works well for so many uses. 25 Inches (63.5 cm) x 25 Inches   (63.5 cm)  5/8 (1.6 cm) Diameter NO WIRE! Booda Comfy Cotton Rope Perches are designed with new shapes, bright colors and truly comfortable feel beneath your bird's feet.  The Byrdy Bush™ helps prevent feather plucking while affording your bird with hours of enjoyable preening. The vibrant,... Comfy Cross Cotton Rope Perch works well for so many uses. 25 Inches (63.5 cm) ...
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  • Comfy Rope Perch Small 21 Inch (53.3 cm) by Booda
    Comfy Rope Perch Small 21 Inch (53.3 cm) by Booda
    Small 21 Inch (35.6 cm) Long x 5/8 Inch (1.6 cm) Diameter NO WIRE! Booda Comfy Cotton Rope Perch is designed with new shapes, bright colors and truly comfortable feel beneath your bird's feet.  Comfy Perch™ allows you to have fun creating different types of perches for your birds. Depending on the length of the cable, you can create loops, curves and other interesting shapes. The Booda Comfy... Small 21 Inch (35.6 cm) Long x 5/8 Inch (1.6 cm) Diameter NO WIRE! Booda Comfy ...
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  • Comfy Rope Perch Small 32 Inch (81.3 cm) Long By Booda
    Comfy Rope Perch Small 32 Inch (81.3 cm) Long By Booda
    NO WIRE! Booda Comfy Cotton Rope Perch is designed with new shapes, bright colors and truly comfortable feel beneath your bird's feet.  Small 32 Inch (81.28 cm) Long x 5/8 Inch (1.6 cm) Diameter  Comfy Perch™ allows you to have fun creating different types of perches for your birds. Depending on the length of the cable, you can create loops, curves and other interesting shapes. The Booda... NO WIRE! Booda Comfy Cotton Rope Perch is designed with new shapes, bright colo...
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  • Comfy Rope Swing N Perch Small 3/4 Inch (1.9 cm) By Booda
    Comfy Rope Swing N Perch Small 3/4 Inch (1.9 cm) By Booda
    The BOODA® Swing 'N Perch™ is available in 3 sizes This listing is for a Small which measures 8 Inches (20.3 cm) across and 3/4 Inch (1.9 cm) thick. NO WIRE! Booda Comfy Cotton Rope Perches are designed with new shapes, bright colors and truly comfortable feel beneath your bird's feet. The BOODA® Swing 'N Perch™ provides a firm perch made from a woven cable of soft cotton. Designed to... The BOODA® Swing 'N Perch™ is available in 3 sizes This listing is for a Sma...
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  • Coop Cup Stainless Steel Bolt On Dish 5 oz
    Coop Cup Stainless Steel Bolt On Dish 5 oz
    3" across x 1 5/8" deep   Very handy little dish when a larger one would be too big. Bolt on to most any cage, good for small carriers too. One dish with bolt on ring.   3" across x 1 5/8" deep   Very handy little dish when a larger one would be t...
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  • Coop Cup Stainless Steel Hook On Dish 5 oz
    Coop Cup Stainless Steel Hook On Dish 5 oz
    3 Inch Diameter x 2 Inch height - Capacity approx 5 oz Very handy little dish when a larger one would be too big. Hooks on to almost any cage for easy installation and removal. 3 Inch Diameter x 2 Inch height - Capacity approx 5 oz Very handy little dish w...
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  • Cotton Rope Swing or Perch Super Bird Creations Rope Sphere Orbiter
    Cotton Rope Swing or Perch Super Bird Creations Rope Sphere Orbiter
    WAY COOL!!! Measuring approx 9" x 9", and hanging down 13" in chain, the Orbiter will provide hours of climbing and preening fun for your parrot. Hanging rope play gyms for small parrots. Conures, ringnecks, tiels, caiques and more     WAY COOL!!! Measuring approx 9" x 9", and hanging down 13" in chain, the Orbite...
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  • Cotton Rope Wreath Swing by Paradise - Small 3"
    Cotton Rope Wreath Swing by Paradise - Small 3"
    Ring measures 3" in diameter.  5" high   Vibrantly colored, soft, 100% cotton wreath Satisfies the desire to chew Aids in reducing boredom and stress Chain and pear link  Provides an outlet for preening and a secure place for snuggling. Note: Only a lovebird, finch or parrotlet would be small enough able to use this small wreath to sit in, all other birds can enjoy... Ring measures 3" in diameter.  5" high   Vibrantly colored,...
  • Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Medium 1 Piece
    Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Medium 1 Piece
    1 Medium Cuttlebone approximately 5 Inches (12.7 cm) - 6 Inches  15.2 cm) long Clean Genuine Cuttlebones. Highly palatable and accepted natural form of calcium and minerals. Note: Large parrots may break up a whole cuttlebone attached to cage. Consider breaking one up into smaller chunks and placing in a separate dish in cage and allow your parrot to pick them up and chew on them as desired. ... 1 Medium Cuttlebone approximately 5 Inches (12.7 cm) - 6 Inches  15.2 cm) long...
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  • Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Small 1/4 lb (113.4 g)
    Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Small 1/4 lb (113.4 g)
    1/4 lb (113.4 g) Small Cuttlebones = 12 - 15 Pieces approximately 3 inches (7.6 cm) long Clean Genuine Cuttlebones. Highly palatable and accepted natural form of calcium and minerals.   Note: Large parrots may break up a whole cuttlebone attached to cage. Consider breaking one up into smaller chunks and placing in a separate dish in cage and allow your parrot to pick them up and chew on... 1/4 lb (113.4 g) Small Cuttlebones = 12 - 15 Pieces approximately 3 inches (7.6...
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  • Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Small 5 Piece Set
    Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Small 5 Piece Set
    Small Pack Small Cuttlebones  = 4 pieces approximately 3 inches (7.6 cm) long Clean Genuine Cuttlebones. Highly palatable and accepted natural form of calcium and minerals.   Small Pack Small Cuttlebones  = 4 pieces approximately 3 inches (7.6 cm) l...
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  • Divided Bird Cage Stand Indoor Aviary by HQ 16421 Platinum 64X21
    Divided Bird Cage Stand Indoor Aviary by HQ 16421 Platinum 64X21
    For the serious small bird enthusiast, this divided flight cage comes with a removable divider. Each cage features extra long aviary feeder dishes, and a whopping 32 inches of flight room.   Yes, you can have more than one favorite species from finches and lovebirds and parakeets to cockatiels or small conures.  If you have the room, this is the cage.  not recommend for tiny... For the serious small bird enthusiast, this divided flight cage comes with a rem...
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  • DNA Test To Determine Any Bird's Sex Safely
    DNA Test To Determine Any Bird's Sex Safely
    We will ship you a test kit with everything you need. Once the test kit is received by the lab in Canada you can expect results via emailed message in 7 - 10 days. In many bird species, the difference between males and females cannot be discriminated based on external characteristics. These are known as monomorphic species. So how can you tell the difference between male and female birds that... We will ship you a test kit with everything you need. Once the test kit is rece...
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  • Flat Top Bird Cage for Small Parrots by Prevue 18x18 Pewter
    Flat Top Bird Cage for Small Parrots by Prevue 18x18 Pewter
    This is the Ideal bird cage for small parrots with big personalities.  Oh, you know who I'm talking about. Conures. Cockatiels.  Caiques. Quakers. If you have a small parrot, this is the Park Plaza.   Bird Cage Dimensions: 18" W x 18" D x 48-1/2" H (overall) 32-3/4" Interior height 1/2" Bar spacing 26-1/4" x 26-1/4" w/ Seed guards 33 inches of interior space lets your acrobatic parrot do... This is the Ideal bird cage for small parrots with big personalities.  Oh, you...
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  • Full Spectrum Economy 25 Watt 10,000 Hour Daylight Bulb
    Full Spectrum Economy 25 Watt 10,000 Hour Daylight Bulb
    Many of us take the change of seasons for granted. It's important to remember that most of the birds in our care come from regions near the equator. That means your feathered companion or little flock, expects 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. Lighting doesn't need to be fancy. Just a lamp with a timer next to a cage. (please remember, keep electrical cords out-of-sight and... Many of us take the change of seasons for granted. It's important to remembe...
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  • Full Spectrum Lamp Universal Cage Light & Mount with 21 Watt Bulb Silver
    Full Spectrum Lamp Universal Cage Light & Mount with 21 Watt Bulb Silver
    Our light measures 8 x11 inches and 10 inches high. The wire extender is 12 inches in length. The electric cord is 8 feet long. The entire unit weighs approximately 2 pounds. The new mounting design is stainless steel, lighter and makes the light much easier to attach to almost every style cage including cages with flat, dome, Victorian and play tops. Just attach the legs to the light, front to... Our light measures 8 x11 inches and 10 inches high. The wire extender is 12 inc...
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  • Full Spectrum Lamp Universal Cage Light & Mount with 21 Watt Bulb White
    Full Spectrum Lamp Universal Cage Light & Mount with 21 Watt Bulb White
    Our light measures 8 x11 inches and 10 inches high. The wire extender is 12 inches in length. The electric cord is 8 feet long. The entire unit weighs approximately 2 pounds. The new mounting design is stainless steel, lighter and makes the light much easier to attach to almost every style cage including cages with flat, dome, Victorian and play tops. Just attach the legs to the light, front to... Our light measures 8 x11 inches and 10 inches high. The wire extender is 12 inc...
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  • Full Spectrum Lighting Replacement Tube Light Bulb for Sunlite Lamps
    Full Spectrum Lighting Replacement Tube Light Bulb for Sunlite Lamps
    Replacement bulb for Sunlite Bird Cage Floor Lamp and other similar lamps Are your birds ready to have a sunny day, Every day? So much like sunshine it feels like you’re on vacation! The New lighting technology simulates outdoor sunlight, which is balanced across the entire spectrum of color visible to the human eye. Everything seems so much easier to see. This is the clearest, brightest... Replacement bulb for Sunlite Bird Cage Floor Lamp and other similar lamps Are y...
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Parrotlets - although appearing to be about the size of a parakeet, is not how they see themselves. They definitely have a big bird mentality and an abundance of energy. Because they had not been in captivity for all that long nobody really knows their average lifespan which is generally expected to be around 15 to 20 years, some say even 30. With proper care these little birds can be quite durable pets.

In spite of their size these little birds possess all the intelligence and the attitude of the biggest of Macaws. Unlike the big Macaws, Parrotlets are easily suited for apartment dwellers as they cannot scream and are actually one of the quieter parrots you can have. They can learn talk and can even whistle songs. With enough work like any bird, they can be taught simple tricks providing hours of entertainment for you and themselves.

The most popular species of Parrotlet is the Pacific or Celestial Parrotlet. One of the larger ones coming in at almost 5 inches long with an average weight of about 30 g (28 g = 1 ounce). Parrotlets are dimorphic meaning that you can tell the males from females by certain coloration. Notably the Pacific males have this cool streak of feathers, kind of a cobalt blue extending from their eye. You'll see the same color on their butt and their wings. Females have an emerald green streak by their eye. Their backs and wings are olive green with a tinge of yellow green feathers about their face.

Green Rump Parrotlets are the smallest weighing in about 22 g and are not much longer than 4 to 4-1/2 inches. Their tapered body is accentuated by their relatively small beak for the size of their head. They're basically apple green with the males having very bright cobalt blue splashed on their wing feathers and a little turquoise of the secondaries. A patch of bright yellow feathers just above their nostrils help designate the female

Parrotlet Species

The most popular Parrotlets kept as pets are the Mexican Parrotlet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Turquoise-rumped Parrotlet, Spectacled Parrotlet, Dusky-billed Parrotlet or Sclater's Parrotlet, Pacific Parrotlet or Celestial Parrotlet, Yellow-faced Parrotlet. 

Other Parrotlet species indigenous to South America but rarely if ever seen as pets are the Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, Red-fronted Parrotlet, Blue-fronted Parrotlet or Red-winged Parrotlet, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlets, Brown-backed Parrotlet, Spot-winged Parrotlet, Tepui Parrotlet, Manu Parrotlet or Amazonian Parrotlet, Tepui Parrotlet, Manu Parrotlet or Amazonian Parrotlet

Parrotlet Housing

Once again housing is a paradox with Parrotlets. Small bird, big cage is recommended. We suggest something no smaller than 24 inches wide by 20 inches deep with half-inch bar spacing. This will give your small energetic bird lots of room to perform acrobatic feats. Be sure to include a ladder or two climbing ropes to give them plenty of exercise. A minimum of three perches of different textures are recommended for all bird cages but Parrotlets really enjoy swings and at least one should be introduced to complement the other perches.

Toys should be size appropriate, in other words toys that a parakeet or cocktail may play with. They love bells, vine and wiffle balls and with enough toys can keep themselves entertained until they are able to enjoy your attention. Leather and rope should be introduced as separate pieces or incorporated into the bird toys hanging in a cage

Parrotlets - although appearing to be about the size of a parakeet, is not how they see themselves. They definitely have a big bird mentality and an abundance of energy. Because they had not been in captivity for all that long nobody really knows their average lifespan which is generally expected to be around 15 to 20 years, some say even 30. With proper care these little birds can be quite durable pets.

In spite of their size these little birds possess all the intelligence and the attitude of the biggest of Macaws. Unlike the big Macaws, Parrotlets are easily suited for apartment dwellers as they cannot scream and are actually one of the quieter parrots you can have. They can learn talk and can even whistle songs. With enough work like any bird, they can be taught simple tricks providing hours of entertainment for you and themselves.

The most popular species of Parrotlet is the Pacific or Celestial Parrotlet. One of the larger ones coming in at almost 5 inches long with an average weight of about 30 g (28 g = 1 ounce). Parrotlets are dimorphic meaning that you can tell the males from females by certain coloration. Notably the Pacific males have this cool streak of feathers, kind of a cobalt blue extending from their eye. You'll see the same color on their butt and their wings. Females have an emerald green streak by their eye. Their backs and wings are olive green with a tinge of yellow green feathers about their face.

Green Rump Parrotlets are the smallest weighing in about 22 g and are not much longer than 4 to 4-1/2 inches. Their tapered body is accentuated by their relatively small beak for the size of their head. They're basically apple green with the males having very bright cobalt blue splashed on their wing feathers and a little turquoise of the secondaries. A patch of bright yellow feathers just above their nostrils help designate the female

Parrotlet Species

The most popular Parrotlets kept as pets are the Mexican Parrotlet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Turquoise-rumped Parrotlet, Spectacled Parrotlet, Dusky-billed Parrotlet or Sclater's Parrotlet, Pacific Parrotlet or Celestial Parrotlet, Yellow-faced Parrotlet. 

Other Parrotlet species indigenous to South America but rarely if ever seen as pets are the Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, Red-fronted Parrotlet, Blue-fronted Parrotlet or Red-winged Parrotlet, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlets, Brown-backed Parrotlet, Spot-winged Parrotlet, Tepui Parrotlet, Manu Parrotlet or Amazonian Parrotlet, Tepui Parrotlet, Manu Parrotlet or Amazonian Parrotlet

Parrotlet Housing

Once again housing is a paradox with Parrotlets. Small bird, big cage is recommended. We suggest something no smaller than 24 inches wide by 20 inches deep with half-inch bar spacing. This will give your small energetic bird lots of room to perform acrobatic feats. Be sure to include a ladder or two climbing ropes to give them plenty of exercise. A minimum of three perches of different textures are recommended for all bird cages but Parrotlets really enjoy swings and at least one should be introduced to complement the other perches.

Toys should be size appropriate, in other words toys that a parakeet or cocktail may play with. They love bells, vine and wiffle balls and with enough toys can keep themselves entertained until they are able to enjoy your attention. Leather and rope should be introduced as separate pieces or incorporated into the bird toys hanging in a cage

Video - Adorable Three Peas In A Pod Parrotlets
Adorable Three Peas In A Pod Parrotlets
Parrotlet Nutrition

Although feedback from our customers indicate that they do feed their Parrotlets pellets, some breeders will tell you that if you have color mutation Parrotlets, pellets should be avoided altogether. The problem seems to be (especially with the "red eyed" birds) developing kidney problems from high uric acid levels resulting in calcification of the kidneys. 

One theory is that because seed-based diets are higher in fat then pellet diets, the fat helps store water in the body. Many parrots that migrate from pellets to seeds begin drinking a lot more water than when they were on the seed diet. Parrotlets don't normally drink a lot of water even when on pellet diets thereby possibly resulting in kidney problems. Unfortunately there's really no hard and fast rules here but to be in the safe side we did not iclude any pellets in the Parrotlet bird supply category.

Parrotlets are herbivores so they should be encouraged to enjoy the same vegetables we eat when choosing healthy foods such as bok-choi, broccoli, cauliflower leaves, cabbage leaves, collard greens, dandelion leaves, kelp, mustard leaves, seaweeds, spirulina water cress. Occasionally amaranth leaves, beet leaves, carambola (starfruit), chard, parsley, spinach & turnip leaves served cleaned or in a chop. 

Fruits (excepting avocados of course) like figs both dried and fresh are encouraged. Just about all the citrus like grapes, mangoes, melons, nectarines, peaches, pears and plums although you do have to be careful about separating the pits and the seeds as they can be mildly toxic. Ironically the tiny seeds from fruits like bananas, blueberries elderberries, egg plants, persimmons, pomegranates raspberries and strawberries and even tomatoes are all acceptable.

Sprouts are always good whether they come from alfalfa or buckwheat. Almonds, lentils, pinto beans are fine but be careful if you feed any red kidney beans as they must be cooked thoroughly because uncooked red kidney beans are toxic.

Eggs either hard-boiled or scrambled are a healthy source of animal protein. Too much animal protein is unhealthy for Parrotlets as well as most parrots. We use to scramble up one whole egg and keep it in a small dish in the refrigerator for Sunshine, our Ringneck. The one scrambled egg would last three days. 10 -15 seconds in the microwave made them "nummy".

And remember because of their intelligence they need a lot of mental stimulation and companionship. Without engaging your Parrotlet for a reasonable period of time daily you could very well end up caring for a pair of sewing shears - with the wings.

baby Parrotlet #4 on hamster wheel

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