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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 in a group of the smallest New World parrot species, comprising several 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 South America.

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. The Spectacled Parrotlet, and Yellow-faced Parrotlet are now very rare in the USA. All 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 them.
 

 

 
Species(Top ).
Forpus
The genus Forpus includes all the species of parrotlet commonly kept as pets.
The following species within three genera are considered to be parrotlets.

Mexican Parrotlet (Forpus cyanopygius)
Green-rumped Parrotlet (Forpus passerinus) Information & Photos   Diet
Blue-winged Parrotlet (Forpus xanthopterygius)
Turquoise-rumped Parrotlet (Forpus xanthopterygius spengeli)
Spectacled Parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus)
Dusky-billed Parrotlet (Forpus modestus) – or Sclater's Parrotlet
Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis) – or Celestial Parrotlet
Yellow-faced Parrotlet (Forpus xanthops)

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Diet:     (Top )    For: Pacific Parrotlet and Green-rumped Parrotlets

LuckyFeathers: 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.

Edible flowers:
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:       (Top )
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 tofu.

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 toxic.

Vegetables:
(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.

Pellets:        (Top )
 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. non-breeding, pets).

 
Color Mutations : (Celestial or Pacific Parrotlet)         (Top )

Green Parrotlet  -  The normal in the wild color of the Parrotlet. It was from this color that breeders developed all of the other colors listed below.

Albino Parrotlet - 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.

Blue Parrotlet  - 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.

Photo coming soon Cinnamon Parrotlet (Recessive) - Also known as Isabelle in Europe. Light yellow with more beige and green than fallow. Eyes are deep ruby red.

Photo coming soon Cinnamon Parrotlet (Sex Linked) - Also known as "Pallid" in Europe. Similar in appearance to the recessive cinnamon but the first known sex linked mutation.

Dilute-Blue Parrotlet - Combination of the dilute and blue mutations. Light, sky blue with patches of white. Dark eyes and males retain blue markings.

Photo coming soon Fallow 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.

Photo coming soon Fallow-Blue Parrotlet - Combination of blue and fallow. Blue bird with red eyes. Males retain blue markings.

Photo coming soon Fallow-Yellow Parrotlet - Combination of fallow and yellow. Bright yellow bird with red eyes. Different from lutino in that males retain blue markings.

Photo coming soon Gray-Green Parrotlet - Green Parrotlet with dark gray overcast. Eyes are dark. Males retain blue markings.

Lutino Parrotlet - Bright yellow Parrotlet with red eyes. Males have white instead of blue markings.

(Photo is a female)


Pastel Yellow Parrotlet (Formerly “European 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 female)

Pastel-Blue 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-Turquoise Parrotlet – – 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)

Turquoise 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 markings.

White Parrotlet – (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.

Yellow Parrotlet – (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.
Note: 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.
Albino - 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.
Blue - Color can be light powder blue to turquoise. Dark eyed mutation. Males retain dark cobalt markings.
Cinnamon (Recessive) - Also known as Isabelle in Europe. Light yellow with more beige and green than fallow. Eyes are deep ruby red.
Cinnamon (Sex Linked) - Also known as "Pallid" in Europe. Similar in appearance to the recessive cinnamon but the first known sex linked mutation.
Dilute (formerly "American Yellow") - Yellowish green  parrotlet with black eyes. Males retain blue eye streak, flights, back and wings although sometimes they appear violet. 
Dilute-Blue (formerly "American White") - Combination of the dilute and blue mutations. Light, sky blue with patches of white. Dark eyes and males retain blue markings.
Fallow - 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.
Fallow-Blue - Combination of blue and fallow. Blue bird with red eyes. Males retain blue markings.
Fallow-Yellow - Combination of fallow and yellow. Bright yellow bird with red eyes. Different from lutino in that males retain blue markings.
Gray-Green - Green parrotlet with dark gray overcast. Eyes are dark. Males retain blue markings.
Lutino - Bright yellow parrotlet with red eyes. Males have white instead of blue markings.
Pastel (Formerly “European Yellow”) – Yellow-green bird with more green than the dilute. Males retain blue markings. Eyes are dark.
Pastel-Blue – 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.
Pied (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 (Dominant) - Similar in appearance to recessive pied but the inheritance mode is dominant. So far, the only dominant mutation parrotlet.
Turquoise – A genetically incomplete blue with both green and blue markings; face is usually green with a blue body. Dark eyes and males retain blue markings.

 


Green-Rumped Parrotlet (photo)
The green-rumped Parrotlet is the smallest of the Parrotlet breeds and is in fact the smallest parrot in the world.

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Green-Rumped Parrotlets
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 blue-tinged wings.

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.

Diet
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 Diet

 
Breeding Parrotlets:     (Top )
Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis) – or Celestial Parrotlet
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Part of the above information is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

 

 

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The average lifespan is between 8 and 18 years.

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