Care And Information
Sweet and playful. Can become possessive of toys and
people. Novel items may alarm them, so slow introduction
of new toys is essential.
Becoming more common.
Outdoor or indoor enclosure, minimum length 1.2m (4 ft).
Pelleted diet, supplemented with calcium (via cuttlebone
or drops); fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, banana,
kiwi, pomegranate, etc; vegetables such as: carrot,
corn, celery, peas in the pod, green beans and green
leaves; seed mix including: millet, safflower,
buckwheat, oats and limited sunflower; millet spray;
seed grasses where available.
Bathing, socialization, swings, ropes, bird-safe chew
toys (with pine or fir wood, or vegetable tanned
leather), puzzle toys, foraging items.
Nest Box Size:
Vertical box, 6" x 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm x 15cm).
5 or 6
Parrotlet Food, Diet
We feed each Green rumped 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 Green rumped 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 Green rumped 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.
This is a short list of harmful foods for birds,
obviously there are other items and you need to do your
homework before you share.
Avocado or Guacamole
Caffeine (in any form)
Dried Beans (Cooked Beans Are Safe)
Any High Fat Food
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.
carnations, chamomille, chives, dandelion, daylily,
eucalyptus, fruit tree blossoms, herb blossoms,
hibiscus, honeysuckle, impatiens, lilac, nasturtiums,
pansies, passion flower (Passiflora), roses, sunflowers,
Note: that the leaves of some of these
plants are poisonous to parrots.
Greens and/or weeds:
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.
(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
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
(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.
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.