The Parrotlet may be the smallest parrot in existence but it comes with a big personality, a lot of energy, and years of love and entertainment to provide. These tiny, magnificent little birds can make great companions in the right environment.
They are vibrant in color and full of life. Parrotlets have a pleasant chirp and are considered one of the easiest birds to feed and care for. They can make a great starter bird for novice bird owners.
Just as small dogs are considered to have “little dog syndrome,” the same can be said for these tiny parrots. They do not let their small size hold them back. They are just as intelligent and social as their larger counterparts. You’ll want to ensure you are up for the responsibility as a Parrotlet owner. They have lifespans of 20 to 40 years, so they are no short-term commitment.
Ideally, you’ll want to do some research and find yourself a reputable Parrotlet breeder. Parrotlets are the easiest bird species to breed. You will want to ensure the breeder has healthy practices and ensures the well-being of all Parrotlets in their care.
Reputable breeders will be familiar with their pairings and be able to give you vital information on the birds in their collection. They will also provide care sheets and answer any questions you have as a new Parrotlet owner.
Keep in mind the distance you are from a breeder. Some breeders offer to ship your Parrotlet but you’ll want to consider that these birds are very sensitive and shipping can cause them a great amount of undue stress. If you locate a preferred breeder that is not close to your home, you should consider traveling to the location to purchase your new Parrotlet.
2. Bird Rescue
Another option available is avian rescues. Rescues exist because many pets end up abandoned when their original owner is no longer capable of caring for them. This can be due to financial concerns, time commitments, or compatibility issues with the pet. Rescues put a lot of time, money, and effort into their rescue birds.
If you can locate a nearby bird rescue, they will help assist you in finding the perfect Parrotlet for your home. They tend to become quite familiar with their birds and can pick compatible, loving homes. This can ease you of some stress and financial burden as well. Rescue birds will be up to date on veterinary care and typically cost much less than if you were to purchase from a breeder.
3. Classified Ads
You may come across an ad either online or in a newspaper advertising a Parrotlet for sale or adoption. The source can be an individual, a breeder or a rescue. You will want to put some extra efforts into researching your source. You will want to ensure you are obtaining a healthy bird and are aware of its history. Some common sources with ads include:
If you’ve done all necessary research and decided that a Parrotlet is the pet of your choice, you will now have to figure out where you can purchase the Parrotlet. We’ve done our best to break down all the possibilities that will lead you to your new companion. Good luck in your search!
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Oliver (Ollie) Jones – A zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia with his partner Alex, their dog Pepper, and their cat Steve (who declined to be pictured). Ollie, originally from the USA, holds his master’s degree in wildlife biology and moved to Australia to pursue his career and passion but has found a new love for working online and writing about animals of all types.