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The parrotlet has seen a tremendous rise in its popularity as a pet in recent years. These affectionate, highly intelligent little birds form strong bonds with their owners, and make great companion animals when properly raised and tamed. They are very intelligent and active, and owners must be prepared to give them at least a few hours of attention every day.

Name Parrotlet, Forpus
Origin Mexico, South America, Caribbean Islands
Size 5" (12.7cm)
Color Usually green, sometimes blue or lutino.
Lifespan About 20-30 years
Personality Smart, outgoing, spunky, sassy, playful, likes to learn tricks.
Diet Parrotlets should have a basic diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, and seed. They can also have whole wheat bread, cooked rice, pasta, and cooked dried beans. A healthy, varied diet is best. Millet spray can also be provided, but it should be limited to once a week.
Supplies Needed Parrotlets are very active birds, and a cage at least 18" x 18" x 18" is recommended, although larger is better. Cage bars should be no wider than half an inch. Parrotlets should be provided with natural wood perches. They should have a variety of toys, the most important feature of which is that they are safe to the bird. Parrotlets have strong beaks, and sturdy toys designed for cockatiels and conures are best. As with other bird species, fresh water should be available at all times.