At less than 6-inches in length and weighing only 28 grams, Pacific arrotlets are animated, free spirited little creatures that are packed full of personality and popular pets.
Although tiny, they should be cared for like any other large parrot.
The most commonly seen parrotlet in the pet bird trade is the Pacific parrotlet, also known as the “celestial.” These birds originated in Ecuador and Peru.
The Pacific parrotlets are olive green with pink beaks. The males are dark blue in the wings, backs, and rumps, and females are various shades of green. Parrotlets are one of the few sexually dimorphic birds.
They also come in a variety of color mutations, including yellow, blue, albino and lutinos.
Pacific parrotlets are fairly good breeders although it is highly recommended to wait until they are fully mature (12 months) before breeding. They can lay between 5-7 eggs in a clutch.
Pacific parrotlets can learn to speak (males usually have a larger vocabulary). They can be taught a variety of cute little tricks. Since these birds can live 15-20 years it is very important that they are taught basic manners!
Care and Diet
Parrotlets should be housed in cages that are longer than tall with a maximum bar spacing of 1/2” to 5/8”. The cage should also be equipped with a variety of perches, durable toys, and a swing.
Parrotlets should be fed pellets, nutri-berries, a variety of vegetables, greens, and hardboiled eggs. These little birds have a voracious appetite so should be offered a large amount of food daily.
Fresh water and cuttlebones should also be made available.