The Pacific parrotlet is sometimes known as the pocket parrot likely because of its small size, growing to around 8 to 11 cm in height these natives from Peru and Ecuador are perfect birds to have as an indoor pet especially to those living in apartments. They can be vocal that they are not especially noisy and not prone to screaming like some species of parrot and most cockatoos
Pacific parrots are dimorphic meaning males can be distinguished from females by colour. The males and females are mostly green the males, however, have splashes of bright blue behind their eyes as well as on their backs. They can come in other colour varieties such as blue, lutino and even albino.
Parrotlets can be feisty little devils often becoming unruly unless they have had proper handling. They do best flying Solo as they are prone to displays of aggression towards other birds. A hand-fed parrotlet without other birds to compete with can make for a delightfully sweet and lovable companion. Individuals that were brought up and socialised together should be fine to be kept together.
Exercise and Health
Parrotlets are high energy go go go birds. They need ample room to play and plenty of things to play with. Always ensure that they have a multitude of toys inside and outside the cage – outside the cage, they will also undoubtedly select many of your belongings as the toys.
They need out of cage time of no less than one hour per day preferably longer to exercise their wings stretch their legs and ensure good muscle tone and bone density.
They are generally healthy birds and despite their small size they can live for up to 30 years
Understandably in such a highly active bird Pacific power outlets have voracious appetites fuelling an extremely high metabolism. Your local pet shop should be able to supply a parrotlet style feed which should be supplemented with fruits and vegetables as well as high protein sources such as cooked meat and eggs.
Tips On Taking Caring Of A Parrotlet
- You must provide your parrotlet with a spacious and wide cage. The ideal spacing between the bars of the cage is 1/4”. Parrotlets are active birds. A parrotlet prefers to play and fly around in its cage. To keep your pet busy, you must provide it with a swing and toys. It also favours playing with shreddable toys.
- In relation to its diet, it is recommended that you provide your parrotlet pellet-based food and include vegetables, seeds and fruits. Parrotlets need an intake of calcium. You can give your pet some cuttlebone. However, since parrotlets have tiny beaks, you may need to dice up some of the fruits so your pet can sink its beak into them.
- Parrotlets can be messy eaters due to the size of their beaks. Your pet may not be able to pick up its food on its first try. You may need to schedule when to regularly clean its cage. You should remember to use detergents that are safe for birds.
- You should interact with your pet every day. You can talk or teach it to do some tricks. By forming a close bond with your pet bird, you are assured that your parrotlet will enjoy living with you. This will also prevent your pet from developing aggressive behaviour.