About: The worlds
smallest Parrot, known as the Tea Cup Parrot, Pocket
Parrot and many other catchy names. They are cousin to
the large Amazons and their personality shows it. They
are described as dynamite in small packages. Parrotlets are
group of the smallest New World parrot species,
genera, namely Forpus, Nannopsittaca, and Touit. They
have a stocky build and a broad tail, much like the
lovebirds of East Africa and fig parrots and pygmy
parrots of Australasia. They are endemic to Middle and
These miniature parrots in the wild travel in flocks
which, depending on the species, can range from as low
as four to over 100 birds. Most species travel in flocks
of about 5–40. They form lifelong and tight pair bonds
with their chosen mates.
Parrotlets are the smallest commonly bred Parrot species
in captivity. The genus Forpus, particularly the
Celestial or Pacific Parrotlet, is growing in
availability and popularity in the USA..
The most commonly kept
Parrotlet in the USA is by far the Celestial or Pacific
Parrotlet. The Mexican Parrotlet, Spectacled Parrotlet,
and Yellow-faced Parrotlet are also fairly common pets.
Their popularity as pets has grown due to their small
size and large personalities. Parrotlets are commonly
known as playful birds that enjoy chewing as much as
their larger Amazon counterparts. Being highly
intelligent and active parrots, parrotlets must have
ample opportunities to play and exercise. Environmental
enrichment must be made a part of their lives as to
prevent boredom. Parrotlets keep themselves more than
occupied when left alone for several hours, so long as
they are provided with an array of chewable and
destructible toys to play with. However, when their
keepers get home, they often greet them with lovely
chirps and whistles to let them know they want
attention. They can mimic speech with a somewhat
impressive vocabulary though their voice is very small.
Males mimic better than females do. They can be very
territorial inside their cages and may try to bite if a
human reaches in, even to feed them. They consider the
cage to be their sole territory. But the same bird, when
outside his cage, can be very affectionate—flying over
to land on your shoulder, eating out of your mouth, and
cuddling. They do not seem to know how tiny they are,
and may not be afraid of cats or dogs. Their
personalities are the same as much larger parrots, so
like small dogs they may try to attack other pets. On
the other hand, if properly introduced they may befriend
For: Pacific Parrotlet and
We feed each Parrotlet a high quality cockatiel seed
mixed with low sunflower count. Also we mix in a high
quality pellet food. Parrotlets are recommended to have
both seed and pellets as a daily diet. Sunflower seeds
are a great source of vitamins and fatty acids that
Parrotlets need. However you must watch your bird and
make sure it is not eating the sunflower seeds only.
Many parrots like the sunflower seeds so well that they
eat nothing else. If you find that your Parrotlet is
doing this, try to leave the seed in for a longer period
of time before changing it. Many times this will cause
the bird to eat the rest of the seed mix after it has
picked out all of the sunflowers. We also use and
recommend a liquid bird vitamin that can be added to the
birds water. If you are feeding your Parrotlet pellets
or a seed pellet mix, we do not recommend vitamins on a
daily basis. The pellets are loaded with vitamins so
only give your bird liquid vitamins once or twice a
week. A diet with to much vitamin content can cause your
Parrotlet to get ill or have health issues. Twice a week
our birds get one of the below treat meals or some kind
of fruit or vegie.
Whole cereals and whole grains: spray millet,
amaranth, barley, couscous, flax, whole-grain pastas,
oat, quinoa (truly a fruit but used as a cereal),
whole-wheat, wild rice, whole rices.
carnations, chamomille, chives, dandelion, daylily,
eucalyptus, fruit tree blossoms, herb blossoms,
hibiscus, honeysuckle, impatiens, lilac, nasturtiums,
pansies, passion flower (Passiflora), roses, sunflowers,
tulips, violets. Note that the leaves of some of these
plants are poisonous to parrots.
Greens and/or weeds:
mainly ; bok-choi, broccoli and/or 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. All of these
feature high oxalic acid contents that induces
production of calcium oxalates (crystals/stones) by
binding calcium and other trace minerals present in
foods and goods with which they're ingested, possibly
leading to calcium deficiencies and/or Hypocalcemia in
minor cases, liver or other internal organ damage or
failure in more severe cases.
Fruit (except avocados which are toxic): all apple
varieties, banana, all berry varieties, all citrus
varieties, grapes, kiwi, mango, melons, nectarine,
papaya, peach, all pear varieties, plum, star-fruit.
Pits and seeds from every citrus and drupe species must
always be discarded as they are intoxicating. However,
achenes and tiny seeds from pseudo and true berries
(bananas, blueberries, elderberries, eggplants,
persimmons, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries,
tomatoes) are all acceptable.
Legumes: almonds, beans, lentils, peas, nuts and
Grain and/or Legume sprouts: adzuki beans, alfalfa beans, buckwheat, lentils,
mung beans, pinto beans, red kidney beans, sesame seeds,
sunflower seeds. Caution with only lima bean and navy
bean sprouts which are toxic. Red kidney beans must be
thoroughly cooked, as uncooked red kidney beans are
(except uncooked potatoes, uncooked onions and all
mushrooms): beet, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots,
cucumber, all cabbage varieties, fresh beans, fresh
romane lettuce, fresh peas, parsnip, all pepper
varieties, all squash varieties, sweet potatoes, tomato,
turnip, yams, zucchini.
specifically formulated for small tropical Parrot species.
Other fat-free, healthy and nutritious human foods.
Adding these foods provides additional nutrients and can
prevent obesity and lipomas, as can substituting millet,
which is relatively low in fat, for higher-fat seed
mixes. Adult parrotlets often do not always adapt
readily to dietary additions, so care must be taken to
introduce healthy diets as young as possible (ideally
weaned onto fresh foods before introducing chicks onto
seeds). Parrotlets like other Parrots learn mainly by
mimicry and thus most adult parrotlets will be easily
encouraged to try new foods by observing another bird
eating the food, or by placing the new food on a mirror.
Parrot species (including Parrotlets) are herbivores.
Consequently, they should be fed vegetarian diets that
are ideally supplemented with vegetal proteins. Produced
by the combination of any type of whole grain/cereal
with any type of legume/pulse. Eggs (hard-boiled and/or
scrambled) are the only appropriately healthy source of
animal proteins. Mostly for birds in either breeding,
growing, moulting and/or recovering conditions. High
levels of proteins (most particularly animal proteins)
is unhealthy for Parrotlets and any other Parrot species
living under any alternate conditions (i.e.
- The normal in the wild color of the
Parrotlet. It was from this color that breeders
developed all of the other colors listed below.
- Pure white Parrotlet with red eyes. Males are
visually indistinguishable from females unless held
under a black light, blue becomes evident. DNA
sexing can also be used to differentiate sex.
- Color can be light powder blue, Dark Blue to
turquoise. Dark eyed mutation. Males retain dark
cobalt markings. There are many different shades of
the blue Parrotlet. Many of them have a strong
turquoise cast of color, however they are not
classified as a Turquoise Parrotlet and fall into
the blue mutations.
Cinnamon Parrotlet(Recessive) - Also known as Isabelle in
Europe. Light yellow with more beige and green than
fallow. Eyes are deep ruby red.
Cinnamon Parrotlet(Sex Linked) - Also known as "Pallid" in
Europe. Similar in appearance to the recessive
cinnamon but the first known sex linked mutation.
Parrotlet - Combination of the dilute and blue
mutations. Light, sky blue with patches of white.
Dark eyes and males retain blue markings.
Parrotlet - Light yellow with beige and green.
Bright yellow face and bright red eyes. Males retain
blue markings that are lighter and have violet
instead of blue markings.
Parrotlet - Combination of blue and fallow. Blue
bird with red eyes. Males retain blue markings.
Fallow-YellowParrotlet - Combination of fallow and yellow.
Bright yellow bird with red eyes. Different from
lutino in that males retain blue markings.
Parrotlet - Green Parrotlet with dark gray
overcast. Eyes are dark. Males retain blue markings.
Parrotlet - Bright yellow Parrotlet with red
eyes. Males have white instead of blue markings.
(Photo is a female)
Yellow”) – Yellow-green bird with a green
cast or color around the edge of the wings. Males
retain blue markings. Eyes are dark. (Photo is a
Parrotlet – Similar to dilute-blue i.e., sky
blue coloring with dark eyes and males retain blue
markings. Can be differentiated from dilute-blue by
‘lacewing’ type of pattern across wings.
Pastel-TurquoiseParrotlet – – Similar to dilute-blue i.e.,
sky blue coloring with dark eyes and males retain
blue markings. Except the face and head have the
green or turquoise color. (Photo is a male)
Pied Parrotlet(Recessive) - Green bird with yellow feathers
scattered over the body and head. Dark eyed and
males retain blue markings. In the blue mutation,
the yellow feathers are replaced with white.
Pied Parrotlet(Dominant) - Similar in appearance to
recessive pied but the inheritance mode is dominant.
So far, the only dominant mutation Parrotlet.
(Photo is a male)
Parrotlet – A genetically incomplete blue with
both green and blue markings; face is usually green
with a blue body. Dark eyes and males retain blue
– (Snow) A visually white Parrotlet with black
eyes. Under special lighting you will see a blue
cast to the rump or tail area of the bird. Also
possible to have a blue cast that covers the body of
the bird. Many times these are classified as dilute
blues or American white by different breeders. A
true white or snow will have no blue cast color.
– (American Yellow)
International Parrotlet Society Color Standards:
We were proud members (prior) of the IPS.
Below are the official IPS Recognized Pacific
Parrotlet Color Mutations.
Many breeders only use the official standards when
describing colors to other breeders, In most cases
the color standards that we posted
above are used when
talking to regular pet bird owners.
Pure white parrotlet with red eyes. Males are
visually indistinguishable from females unless
held under a black light, blue becomes evident.
DNA sexing can also be used to differentiate
Color can be light powder blue to turquoise.
Dark eyed mutation. Males retain dark cobalt
(Recessive) - Also known as Isabelle in
Europe. Light yellow with more beige and green
than fallow. Eyes are deep ruby red.
Linked) - Also known as "Pallid" in Europe.
Similar in appearance to the recessive cinnamon
but the first known sex linked mutation.
(formerly "American Yellow") - Yellowish
green parrotlet with black eyes. Males retain
blue eye streak, flights, back and wings
although sometimes they appear violet.
(formerly "American White") - Combination of
the dilute and blue mutations. Light, sky blue
with patches of white. Dark eyes and males
retain blue markings.
Light yellow with beige and green. Bright yellow
face and bright red eyes. Males retain blue
markings that are lighter and have violet
instead of blue markings.
- Combination of blue and fallow. Blue bird with
red eyes. Males retain blue markings.
- Combination of fallow and yellow. Bright
yellow bird with red eyes. Different from lutino
in that males retain blue markings.
- Green parrotlet with dark gray overcast. Eyes
are dark. Males retain blue markings.
Bright yellow parrotlet with red eyes. Males
have white instead of blue markings.
(Formerly “European Yellow”) – Yellow-green
bird with more green than the dilute. Males
retain blue markings. Eyes are dark.
– Similar to dilute-blue i.e., sky blue coloring
with dark eyes and males retain blue markings.
Can be differentiated from dilute-blue by
‘lacewing’ type of pattern across wings.
(Recessive) - Green bird with yellow
feathers scattered over the body and head. Dark
eyed and males retain blue markings. In the blue
mutation, the yellow feathers are replaced with
- Similar in appearance to recessive pied but
the inheritance mode is dominant. So far, the
only dominant mutation parrotlet.
A genetically incomplete blue with both green
and blue markings; face is usually green with a
blue body. Dark eyes and males retain blue
The Green-rumped Parrotlet
(Forpus passerinus) is a small parrot. It is a resident
breeding bird in tropical South America, from Caribbean
regions of Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad south and
east to the Guianas and Brazil, on the downstream Amazon
River. It has been introduced in Jamaica, Curaçao,
Barbados and Tobago, and was not recorded on Trinidad
prior to 1916.
Its habitat is open forest and scrub. The female lays
five to seven white eggs in a hole in a termite nest,
tree cavity, or even hollow pipe, and incubates the
clutch for 18 days to hatching, with about another five
weeks to fledging.
The Green-rumped Parrotlet is about 12 cm (4.8 in) long
and weighs 23 g and is the smallest parrot found in the
Americas. It is mainly bright green with a short tail
and pinkish bill. The male has a brilliant blue wing
patch, and females sometimes have some yellow on the
head. The subspecies F. p. viridissimus of Venezuela,
Trinidad and Tobago is darker green than the nominate F.
p. passerinus, and the males have more strongly
Green-rumped Parrotlets make light, twittering calls.
They eat seeds including those of grasses. They are very
gregarious and roost communally; large numbers can be
seen at the roost sites at dawn and dusk.
This is a widespread and common species which has
benefited from deforestation.
According to Stotz et al. 1996 and del Hoyo et al. 1997
.. birds of South America are not believed to approach
the thresholds for the population decline criterion of
the International Union for Conservation of Nature and
Natural Resources(IUCN) Red List.
However avian breeders find it more difficult to locate
non-related breeding pairs.
For diet and care
instructions I would suggest that you follow the
information I have listed on this page. The care and
diet of the green-rumped is the same as other
Parrotlets. click here
The breeding section is currently being worked on.
Please check back or contact us
with any questions you may have.
Part of the above information is from
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Parrot. These little guys are adorable and make great
pets. For people who want a bird with a large parrot
personality without the large parrot, look no further
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Parrotlet Resources &
• Bringing Home Your Parrotlet
• Cages, Toys & Perches for Parrotlets
• Diet for Parrotlet (Pet)
• Birdie Bread Recipe
• Clipping Wings & Grooming of Parrotlets
• Safety/Hazards for Parrotlets
• Teaching Your Parrotlets to Talk
• Diet for Parrotlet (Breeding Pairs)
• Parrotlet Breeding Tips
• Parrotlet Color Mutations (Single)
• Parrotlet Color Mutations (Double)
• Make Your Parrotlet Business a Success!
• Egg Laying - What to Expect from your Parrotlet
• Hand Feeding Your Baby Parrotlets
• Stages Of Parrotlet Development
• Parrotlets Leg Bands for Baby Parrotlets
• Sexing Baby Parrotlets
• The Parrotlet Handbook
• Links to Great Sites for Parrotlets
• Which are Better Pets: Parrotlet Males, Females,
Colors or Mutations?
• Why do some Parrotlet Colors Cost More?
• Why Parrotlets are Better in a Pair?
• What if my Parrotlet Tries to Bite?
• What if my Parrotlet Starts Molting?