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Parrotlet

 (other names: Forpus)

Parrotlet
origin:Central and South America
life expectancy:20 years
family:Psittacidae
dimensions:13 to 15 cm
compatibility: very agressivesinging ability: not very melodiousloudiness: quiet
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History [ edit ]

Parrotlets are small parrots from Central and South America. They are a good choice for people who don´t have enough room for larger birds. They have the personality of a parrot in a small body. Parrotlets have been increasingly popular.
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Temperament [ edit ]

Active birds, Parrotlets love to play. They have a long lifespan for such a little bird and they bond with the owner becoming very friendly pets. They need plenty of attention to prevent destructive behavior. If well nurtured, they display a gentle disposition.

They are capable of mimicking the human voice, although not as good as larger parrots, they can pick up 10 or 15 words. These birds are quiet, sometimes whistling, but usually chipping throughout the day. The level noisy won’t disturb the neighbors, making them good birds for apartment life.

The Green-rumped Parottlet is said to be shyer than the Pacific, however this tends to depend on the individual, since they have very similar dispositions. 
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Housing [ edit ]

Parrotlets are small birds which is why they don´t need much space. A cage with 60 x 60 x 30 cm is enough for them to rest. However, you should let your bird out of the cage as many times as possible.

Don´t put the cage near open windows because drafts can be harmful. Avoid putting them under direct sunshine as well. A good space is: an illuminated place with indirect natural light, preferably the most frequented by the family.

These parrots need lots of toys to keep them distracted: invest in swings and fresh branches that they can chew up, for example. Beware of poisonous trees.

Parrotlets must be housed in separate pairs since they are very territorial and quite aggressive to other birds. 
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Diet [ edit ]

Like Budgerigars, feeding Parottlets isn´t difficult at all. They eat canary seed with millet, pelleted seed and some vegetables and greenfood, like sunflower. They should be fed small amounts of fruit daily. Small pine nuts make are a good treat. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

The Parrotlets are little birds measuring 13 to 15 cm. They are mostly green and are sexually dimorphic, which allows us to visually identify the bird´s gender. Young birds have duller plumage than adults.
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Species [ edit ]

There are seven species of Forpus Parrotlets:

  • Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis) – Also known as Celestial Parrotlet or Lesson’s Parrotlet, the Pacific Parrotlet is the most popular bird of his group. It has 13 cm in length and generally green plumage. The male has blue markings on the head and wings.
  • Green-rumped Parrotlet (Forpus passerinus) – These 13 cm birds live in flocks in the wild. They are mostly green in different shades throughout the body. Hens sometimes have yellow around the bill and the male may have more blue on the wings. Usually hens are more colorful than males, unlike most species. There are some color mutations known like the blue, lutino and cinnamon factors.
  • Yellow-faced Parrotlet (Forpus xanthops) – This bird is the largest of the Forpus group reaching up to 15 cm in length. It can be found in a small area in Peru. As the name states, these little parrots have yellow faces, brown to grayish wings. Sexing these birds can be made easily by observing the brightness of the blue markings on the rump: pale blue indicates hens, while darker shades point to males. This color range makes the Yellow-faced the most colorful specie amongst the Parrotlets.
  • Mexican Parrotlet (Forpus cyanopygius)
  • Blue-winged Parrotlet (Forpus xanthopterygius)
  • Spectacled Parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus)
  • Dusky-billed Parrotlet (Forpus sclateri) 
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Mutations [ edit ]

Pacific Parrotlet mutation aren´t common and these specimens are usually expensive. The most appreciated color variations are:

  • Albino - Pure white parrotlet with red eyes. The only way of visually sexing birds is by holding them under a black light. If there are traces of blue then it is a male.
  • Blue – The green is replaced by blue that may be of different shades.
  • Lutino – The green is replaced by a vivid yellow and the eyes are red. Males have white instead of blue markings.
  • Pied – This is a spotted pattern that can be combined with different colors. Green birds have yellow markings over the body and head. Males can be identified by the blue markings on the head and wings. In the blue mutation, the yellow feathers are replaced with white.
  • Cinnamon - Light brown with green. 
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29.06
Dogfan22 said:
i like birds :)
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