Saturday, December 27, 2008


Meet Freddy!I've been thinking for awhile about adding a bird to the family, and today, we brought home Freddy, the Pacific Parrotlet.

According to Wikipedia:

Parrotlets are a species of the smallest New World parrots, comprising three genera. One of these genera, Forpus, is growing in popularity within the world of aviculture, raising interest in the group as a whole.

Parrotlets are very small, with a stocky build and a broad tail, much like the lovebird species of East Africa and fig parrot and pygmy parrot species of Australasia. At 4½–5 inches(11-12cm) long, they are the smallest kind of parrot in the world.

One of the most common species kept as pets is the Pacific Parrotlet. The wild type coloring for this species is green, but several color mutations have been discovered through selective breeding. Parrotlets are sexually dimorphic, meaning males can be distinguished from females. Males have markings of cobalt blue on their head, wings and tail. Females generally lack these blue markings

Speech and training

They can learn more than 10–15 words and can "whistle" songs well. They have about the same speaking and whistling capabilities of a cockatiel. They are also very good learners for commands such as "step up", "kiss-kiss", "step down", and other small commands. Some parrotlets can learn advanced tricks, but not as advanced as a Macaw or an African Grey Parrot. Having the ability to speak does not necessarily mean a bird will speak; it depends on the specific bird's personality.

Demeanor

These feisty little birds should not be overlooked in favor of more widely known types of birds; any Parrotlet owner will tell you that these birds possess all the intelligence and attitude of the largest of macaws. These birds are fairly quiet companions, making them ideal for those who live in apartments or condominiums. Males are more likely to talk than female parrotlets.

Aviculture

The most commonly kept parrotlet in aviculture is by far the Pacific Parrotlet, which now has several color mutations such as yellow, blue, lutino and white. The Mexican, Spectacled, and Yellow-Faced are also fairly common pets. Their popularity as pets has grown due to their small size and large personalities. Parrotlets are commonly known as playful birds that enjoy chewing as much as their larger Amazon Parrot counterparts. Being highly intelligent and active parrots, Parrolets must have ample opportunities to play and exercise. Environmental enrichment must be made a part of their lives as to prevent boredom. Parrotlets keep themselves more than occupied when left alone for several hours, so long as they are provided with an array of chewable and destructible toys to play with. However, when their keepers get home, they often greet them with lovely chirps and whistles to let them know they want attention.

Sam and I are doing our best to make Freddy feel welcome. He has a cool new cage, and lots of toys to play with. He definitely needs some taming, but he's an awfully cute little guy.

9 Comments:

Blogger EditThis said...

Have you taught Freddy any commands or songs yet? I can already hear him whistling some Pearl Jam.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Well I've only had him for about two hours but he has learned the first few bars of Even Flow.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

He IS cute!! I want a little Freddy. Can't wait to hear what he says! :)

5:21 PM  
Blogger sage said...

Be careful of the words you use around him! :) Welcome Freddy, to the world of blogging.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Auburn Kat said...

Now you just need a kitten!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Norris said...

Freddy! Excellent name! Hope y'all had a great holiday!

10:48 AM  
Blogger LA said...

Welcome Freddy! What a great Christmas present to yourself.

If I had a bird, he would learn to 1) cuss and 2) talk baby talk to cats.

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