Parrotlets are small birds that are well known for their disproportionately large personalities. Contrary to popular belief, they are in fact quite distinct from parakeets, and are more closely related genetically to the larger in size Amazon parrots. They share a compact body shape and stubby, wedge shaped tail with their less petite cousins.
While parrotlets are generally associated with a vivid green coloration, they are also available in a turquoise inflected blue shade. Blue parrotlets offer many of the appealing visual and personality qualities of a larger parrot, with the easier care and more relaxed nature of a smaller bird. You can find both male parrotlets for sale as well as females.
The bulk of a blue parrotlet's diet should largely consist of nutritional pellets. These pellets should be formulated specifically for parrotlets, or can be a more general small parrot and parakeet mix. In addition, fresh fruits and vegetables should be offered as a fun and nutritious supplement. Greens like lettuce and stone fruits like peaches and plums are always good options, as are many other foods (be warned - not all human foods are safe for birds, so always check before feeding something to your parrotlet).
There should always be ample water in the cage, and water supplies should always be clean and freshly filled.
Although parrotlets are relatively small parrots, they still require a large cage. They are curious and energetic birds, and should have enough space to stretch their wings in. Toys and perching places are also a must, as parrotlets are curious and like to play.
While it is generally safe to let a parrotlet out of their cage to explore the house, some precautions should be taken. Windows and other transparent dividers should be covered to prevent collisions, and there should be no open water in the household. Larger animals, like dogs and cats, should be kept in a separate room, as all creatures can act unpredictably at times and other animals can easily hurt a parrotlet with their greater strength even if they are being affectionate. Socializing
To keep a parrotlet happy and in good health, it is vital that it get plenty of stimulation and socialization. In the wild, parrotlets are gregarious birds that live in large communities that number in the hundreds. Inadequate communication can cause depression and anxiety in parrotlets, which can lead to self harm and distress.
Spend time every day talking to and playing with your parrotlet. They are bright birds that enjoy human contact, and will reciprocate affection that is given to them. They can, with some patience, be taught to perform a wide array of different tricks. Parrotlets can also learn how to speak and imitate sounds, although their vocabularies are rather limited and may consist of only a few words.
Parrotlets require relatively few special accommodations and are not too noisy, making them the perfect parrot for those who would like to own a parrot but live in an apartment. At the same time, they are an involved pet that requires a considerable commitment from the owner, so take careful consideration of your circumstances before deciding on a parrotlet. If you do, you'll be treated to an affectionate and intelligent companion that can brighten your life on a daily basis.
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