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  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Accordian Crinkle
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Accordian Crinkle
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Accordian Crinkle This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features paper tissue pieces. Approx: 11" L x 3" W x 8 3/8" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Accordian Crinkle This new collection p...
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  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Appeteaser
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Appeteaser
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Laundry Day This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features paper tissue pieces and coconut shell. Approx: 3" diam. x 6 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Laundry Day This new collection provide...
    Your Price: $3.50
  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Basket Banquet
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Basket Banquet
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Basket Banquet This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features fabric pieces. Approx: 4" diam. 7 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Basket Banquet This new collection provi...
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  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Baskets of Bounty
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Baskets of Bounty
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Baskets of Bounty This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features crinkled paper. Approx: 4" diam. x 11 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Baskets of Bounty This new collecti...
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  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Bow Dangles
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Bow Dangles
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Bow Dangles This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts.  Approx: 3" diam. x 9 5/8" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Bow Dangles This new collection provides...
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  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Dessert Delights
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Dessert Delights
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Dessert Delights This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. Approx: 6 1/4" diam. x 10" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Dessert Delights This new collectio...
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  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Dixie Dance
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Dixie Dance
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Dessert Delights This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. Approx: 2" diam. x 9 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Dessert Delights This new collectio...
    Your Price: $4.00
  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Grassy Dance
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Grassy Dance
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Grassy Dance This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts.  Approx: 5" diam. x 10" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Grassy Dance This new collection pr...
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  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Menagerie
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Menagerie
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Menagerie This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts.  Approx: 3" diam. x 9 5/8" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Menagerie This new collection provi...
    Your Price: $6.00
  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Miami Frost
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Miami Frost
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Miami Frost This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features crinkled paper. Approx: 5" diam. x 9 1/4" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Miami Frost This new collection pro...
    Your Price: $6.00
  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Rocket Tails
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Rocket Tails
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Rocket Tails This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features paper cups and ribbons. Approx: 5" diam. x 10" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Rocket Tails This new collection pr...
    Your Price: $3.50
  • NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Thread Catcher
    NEW Prevue Bird Activity Toys for Small Parrots - Thread Catcher
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Thread Catcher This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts Approx: 5" L x 2 1/4" W x 10 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Thread Catcher This new collection provi...
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  • ABC Spoon Stack Toy by Super Bird for Small Birds
    ABC Spoon Stack Toy by Super Bird for Small Birds
    The ABC Spoon Stack Toy is a tried and true toy loaded with tinted wood spoons to tempt your cockatiels, lovebirds, parakeets, quakers. 8" Long x 3" wide   The ABC Spoon Stack Toy is a tried and true toy loaded with tinted wood spoons ...
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  • Awesome Window Play Center for Cockatiel Budgie Small Birds
    Awesome Window Play Center for Cockatiel Budgie 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... Paradise Toys - Awesome Parrot Window Play Center for Small Birds - 12"x9 3/4"x6...
    Your Price: $45.00
  • Bird Bath for Small Birds by JW Pet Activitoy
    Bird Bath for Small Birds by JW Pet Activitoy
    Bird Bath for Small Birds by JW Pet Activitoy   A 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.   Dimensions: Approximately 6" x 7" x 6 1/4" tall.   JW Pet Insight Bird Bath Transparent shield-like cover Assorted brightly colored bases ... Bird Bath for Small Birds by JW Pet Activitoy   A luxurious Bath for Your Fea...
    Your Price: $9.00
  • Bird Haven Petite Pet Tent Polar Fleece Liner
    Bird Haven Petite Pet Tent Polar Fleece Liner
    6" x 6" Square liners made to fit Hangall Fabric Pet Tents.  Washable fabric liners keep your Pet Tent cleaner longer and provide a nice soft cuddly cloth.  Safe, no loops, holes or open weave design to get tangled in.    For your bird's safety, inspect when new and regularly for threads, torn or damaged areas; replace when product is worn or picked apart. Fabric items are not... 6" x 6" Square liners made to fit Hangall Fabric Pet Tents.  Washable fabric...
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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
    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... Bird Kabob Stainless Steel Skewer 9 Inch Long W 1-1/4 Inch Ball Top Quality Sta...
    Your Price: $10.00
  • 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...
    Your Price: $3.00
  • Birdie Basics Swing by Prevue Pet for Canary 3x4
    Birdie Basics Swing by Prevue Pet for Canary 3x4
    Simple birch wood dowel swing for canaries, parakeets and finches. 3" x 4"     Simple birch wood dowel swing for canaries, parakeets and finches. 3" x 4"   ...
    Your Price: $2.00
  • Birdie Basics Swing by Prevue Pet for Parakeet 4x5
    Birdie Basics Swing by Prevue Pet for Parakeet 4x5
    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 ...
    Your Price: $3.00
  • 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... Dimensions 1-1/8 Inches Wide X 2-1/8 Inches Long. 2 pc package.   Bird cage t...
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  • Birdie Basics Universal Cuttlebone Holder by Prevue
    Birdie Basics Universal Cuttlebone Holder by Prevue
    Dimensions 1-1/8 Inches Wide X 2-1/8 Inches Long   Simple Plastic Clip with metal hangers holds treats, vegetables, millet, and all sizes of cuttlebones.     Dimensions 1-1/8 Inches Wide X 2-1/8 Inches Long   Simple Plastic Clip with me...
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  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Ding
    Bodacious Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Ding
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Ding Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Ding is made from poplar wood, plastic beads and metal bell at the bottom. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and a quick-link attachment... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Ding Bird Toy will provide hours of foot an...
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  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Sassy
    Bodacious Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Sassy
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Sassy Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Sassy is made from poplar wood with dangling strands of sisal rope at the bottom. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and held together by a... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Sassy Bird Toy will provide hours of foot a...
    Your Price: $5.00
  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Stack
    Bodacious Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Stack
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Stack Bird Toy 60952 will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Stack is made from poplar wood, plastic beads and a stainless steel bell at the bottom. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and held... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Stack Bird Toy 60952 will provide hours of ...
    Your Price: $5.00
  • Bungee Boing Swing And Parrot Perch Small 52"
    Bungee Boing Swing And Parrot Perch Small 52"
    Bungee Boing Swing And Perch Small 52" 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... Bungee Boing Swing And Perch Small 52" 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) Diameter x 52 Inches (...
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  • Bungee Flexible Rope Perch Happy Trails Bolt On Medium 72"
    Bungee Flexible Rope Perch Happy Trails Bolt On Medium 72"
    Bungee Flexible Rope Perch Happy Trails Bolt On Medium 72" 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 ... Bungee Flexible Rope Perch Happy Trails Bolt On Medium 72" 3/8 Inch (9.5 mm) Di...
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  • Bungee Flexible Rope Perch Happy Trails Bolt On Small 30"
    Bungee Flexible Rope Perch Happy Trails Bolt On Small 30"
    Happy Trails Flexible Rope Perch Small: 3/8" x 30"  "Bolt on anywhere for a bridge, perch, play area, etc"   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... Happy Trails Flexible Rope Perch Small: 3/8" x 30"  "Bolt on anywhere for a bri...
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  • Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Braid
    Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Braid
    Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming with natural sea shells. Easily connected to your bird cage with quick-link attachments and made from 100% non-toxic materials Cal-Sea-Yums may include latex ropes, rings, beads, natural sea shells and wafers. Soft cotton threads, latex ropes, and dangling objects provide extra beak exercise and fun Overall Size: 3" W... Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming wi...
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  • Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Dollar
    Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Dollar
    Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming with natural sea shells. Easily connected to your bird cage with quick-link attachments and made from 100% non-toxic materials Cal-Sea-Yums may include latex ropes, rings, beads, natural sea shells and calcium wafers. Soft cotton threads, shells, and 14 crunchy wafers provide extra beak exercise and fun Great Fun for... Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming wi...
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  • Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Mate
    Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Mate
    Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming with natural sea shells. Easily connected to your bird cage with quick-link attachments and made from 100% non-toxic materials Cal-Sea-Yums may include latex ropes, rings, beads, natural sea shells and wafers. Latex ropes, shells, crunchy wafers and dangling objects provide extra beak exercise and fun Overall... Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming wi...
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  • Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Urchin
    Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Urchin
    Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming with natural sea shells. Easily connected to your bird cage with quick-link attachments and made from 100% non-toxic materials Cal-Sea-Yums may include latex ropes, rings, beads, natural sea shells and wafers. Latex ropes, shells, crunchy wafers and dangling objects provide extra beak exercise and fun Overall... Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming wi...
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  • Calypso Preening Bird Toy by Prevue - Fiesta Handbag
    Calypso Preening Bird Toy by Prevue - Fiesta Handbag
    Prevue Pet Products Calypso Creations provide your bird with plenty of ways to satisfy plucking and preening urges. Easily connected to your bird cage with quick-link attachments and made from 100% safe, non-toxic materials and FD&C colors. Calypso Creations bird toys may contain a combination of knotted rope, plastic beads, crinkly paper, wooden circles and woven natural palm leaves.  ... Prevue Pet Products Calypso Creations provide your bird with plenty of ways to s...
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  • Cardboard Carry Box For Small Birds Canaries Parakeets 5x4
    Cardboard Carry Box For Small Birds Canaries Parakeets 5x4
    Cardboard Carry Box For Small Birds Canaries Parakeets 5 x 4   5" x 4" x 4" Ships Flat   Disposable/reuseable small paper cardboard carry box folds into inexpensive bird pet carrier for transport to the vet, home from the breeder or pet shop.   Fits canaries, finches, budgies, mice, hamsters, etc.   Cardboard Carry Box For Small Birds Canaries Parakeets 5 x 4   5" x 4" x 4" Sh...
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  • Chomping Chain 7 Plastic Links For Small Parrots
    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. ... Chomping Chain 7 Plastic Links For Small Parrots   Seven sturdy but dentable ...
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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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