The Parrotlet is a big personality in a little Parrot body. They are quite small measuring between 5 and 6 inches long and weighing between 18 and 28 grams. Rapidly becoming the most popular species for most pet bird owners, here are the answers to frequently asked questions about these little green Parrots.
Parrotlets are available in a variety of colors. The Green Parrotlets are usually the most readily available.
Best diet for Parrotlets
This small bird has an appetite that helps energize its constant playful nature. Seeds are a must because they nourish and also provide exercise and interest as it breaks them open. Supplement this with a high-quality pellet as well as vegetable, fresh fruits, millet spray, and a constant supply of fresh water. Avoid avocado, chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, and foods with high salt and sugar content.
The Attention They Need
Every bird needs the owner to attend to its physical and emotional/social needs. However, the Parrotlet is more content to amuse and play itself without the constant interaction that some of the larger parrots need. They like to play in a spacious cage that is properly stocked with treats, toys, and swings that will usually keep them entertained all the day if you normally work away from home.
Once you get home, they will expect attention from you, and schedule 10 minutes or so of training daily helps keep your bird well mannered. They don't need the company of another bird and don't seem to bond to each other, so if you decide to get to be aware that you may need to house them separately because of territorial issues.
Even though they are small, they are fearless and can often be aggressive towards other pets that they may interpret as invading their space. It's best to keep your bird away from other pets and close the door when your bird is out of the cage to avoid confrontations. As for children, they can be very gentle; especially those that have been hand fed from an early age and are use to regular training and human interaction.
Parrotlets have large beaks for their size and can sometimes be nippy. So your child needs to be very closely supervised by you when handling the bird, and an older child who understands how to handle the bird stands the best chance of success.
With proper care, many Green Parrotlets can live between 15 and 20 years. This requires quite a commitment, so make sure you're up for it.
If you're lookin for a place online to purchase parrotlet birds you can often find them by doing a Google search for the name. There are many reputable website that will ship the bird directly to your location for a small fee. Be sure to read any reviews and testimonials of others your purchased before making a decision. Another great place to start is Facebook. Any professional parrotlet aviary would be able to direct you to their Facebook page to see what others have to say about them.
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