|Common Name||Pacific Parrotlet, Celestial Parrotlet|
|Latin Name||Forpus coelestis|
|Average Lifespan||15 Years|
|Average Length||5.5 Inches|
|Average Weight||30-35 grams|
Noise Level & Talking Ability
Pacific Parrotlets are generally regarded as quieter birds. They can be quite vocal, but aren't capable of producing overly loud noises relative to many other parrots. The sounds are most often short chirps, but they can chitter and "squeal" as well. While they are regarded as quiet in a volume sense, parrotlets are quite vocal and like to voice their opinion. Parrotlets are somewhat capable of mimicking speech, but it is not something they're known for being particularly good at.
Many people will say parrotlets are the smallest parrots when talking about pacific parrotlets. This is partly true, the smallest parrot is a parrotlet, but not a pacific parrotlet. That said, these li'l guys are certainly still VERY small. The naturally occurring colour form is a lightish green, with males having a greyish-green back and wings, often giving the light-green face a mask-like appearance. The beak and feet are both light pink. Both males and females can have blue "eyeliner", as well as a blue coloured rump. These traits do tend to be more prominent in males, though. Pacific parrotlets are dimorphic and male VS female can be determined by looking at the flight feathers. In this region, males will have very noticeable royal blue feathers, whereas hens will lack the blue. Pacific parrotlets are bred in many colour mutations, and birds which are green, blue, white, and yellow can be found - sometimes even all four colours on one individual! They have a fairly typical "parrot" form; short wedge-like tail, hooked beak, zygodactyl toes, proportionately fitting wings, and a fairly round body.
Parrotlets make super fun pets! They are all the excitement of a big bird in a 32 gram package. With that being said, parrotlet ownership is often better suited to people who have some experience around birds. Owners who are new to birds can be successful as long as they are confident and respectful of your bird.
This species is known for being very energetic and tolerates busy households well, but can also thrive in a more relaxed environment. At under 6 inches tall you may think it is hard to be the centre of attention. A Pacific Parrotlet will make a liar out of you. Whether they are playing by themselves in the cage or sharing an evening snuggle with their owner, these small parrots are sure to occupy a large portion of your heart from the moment you form a bond. Read more...
Offer seeds daily with pellets made always available in the cage. It’s recommended not to leave the seeds in the cage full time, just offer them daily. Pellets should remain the main diet. Fresh vegetables, sprouts, grains, and legumes should be offered as frequently as possible, with some fruit on occasion.
Please note: if you are just taking a new bird home it is best practice to always leave their desired food in the cage full time. Water must always be available.
Parrotlets are one of the few types of parrot that need an amount of seeds every day. They eat almost constantly. Their metabolism is very high to support such a tiny body. At Exotic Wings we like to use low-sunflower cockatiel blend mixed with a conditioning mix. Black oil sunflower is preferable to striped when selecting a cockatiel seed mix.
Although parrotlets are small, they do appreciate having space. These energetic parrots will use just about every inch you give them. It is very important that parrotlets have plenty of toys, and a good variety of perches, They particularly benefit from foraging toys, where they can release a little extra steam searching for the tasty treats hidden inside.
|Age of Maturity||8 Months|
|Average Clutch Size||4 Eggs|
|Nest Box||6 x 6 x 6 Inches|
|Breeding Life||8 Years|
Stable - Least Concern
Last assessed October 2016 for the IUCN Red List
- Our website has an abundance of information about species, behaviour, talking ability, and ownership essentials you may need to begin. This is a great place to start narrowing down your search for the bird best suited for your family. Once you have researched various bird species and narrowed down your choices, please contact us via phone or email to create an appointment to meet the birds and ask any questions you may have in regards to care, nutrition, and the best fit for your home.
- We will set up a date and time for you to meet the bird(s). We will notify you of our current protocols and procedures. If you have decided on a specific bird, we recommend that you put a deposit on it. Birds will not be held without a minimum 50% deposit. If you put down a deposit before meeting the bird and after meeting the bird decide it is not a good fit, we can refund your the deposit in full. If you are placing a deposit prior to meeting a bird, your appointment to meet the bird must be within the following week.
- If you are meeting a bird(s) that is not weaned, you will not be able to take the bird home that same day. If you are meeting a bird that is weaned, and you are properly prepared to have the new bird in your home, we will go over a care sheet and answer any questions you have during your appointment. If that is too soon, and your home is not ready, you can book a pick-up appointment within the following week. Again, to reserve a bird you must put down at least a 50% deposit or payment in full.
- When your bird is weaned and ready to go home you will receive an email with the following information
• A link to our care sheet in printable PDF form.
• A link to book a timeslot for your care sheet / bird pick-up.
• A link to the food your bird is eating as well as toys, treats, and other essential items to start your new adventure!
- Read the care sheet, write down any questions you have, ensure you’ve got the correct food and a proper variety of toys and perches, as well as a suitable cage. Then book your pick-up appointment! Please show up within 5 minutes of the appointment start time. If you have a carrier for your new bird, feel free to bring it. We can provide a travel box if needed.
If you have additional questions about how to purchase one of our birds please take a look at our FAQ's for purchasing a new bird:
Before You Buy
We offer a seven-day health guarantee on our handfed birds. A mandatory educational care sheet will be gone over at time of purchase. You must provide your bird with suitable shelter, food, water, vitamins and minerals from time of purchase.
We suggest that within three days (72 hours) of purchase, you bring your bird to an avian vet for a complete examination. This is at the cost of the pet owner. Should any health problem occur or be discovered, inform us IMMEDIATELY, with a written report otherwise the health guarantee is void. Any veterinary fees at this point need to be cleared by Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc.
The health guarantee does not apply if there is another bird in your home that was not purchased from Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc. or if the bird leaves the store unclipped.
We cannot guarantee the gender or temperament of your bird. Our handfed birds are tame but may take some time to adjust to their new surroundings. The more time is spent socializing with your pet bird after they have settled into your household, the better your relationship with your pet will be. After the seven day period any warranty will be at the discretion of Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc.