Celestial (Pacific) Parrotlet

Latin Name

Forpus coelestis

Description

Parrotlets, especially those of the Forpus genus, which includes the Celestial or Pacific Parrotlet, the tiny Mexican Parrotlet, and a handful of others, are some of the most pernicious and spunky creatures in the Parrot Family.

The Celestial aka Pacific male has blue on the wings as well as on the rump and a blue streak behind the eye. The blue mutations are still identifiable by the cobalt blue markings on rump and wings.

In the wild they are known to eat seeds, buds, and flowers; in captivity they adapt readily to seed, although a healthy diet includes fruits and veggies in addition to pellets.

Breeding Information

Often laying 4-6 eggs per clutch, members of the Forpus family are very prolific. Each hatchling weighs approximately a gram, and are smaller than the average thumb. They can be housed in a cage suitable for Cockatiels breeding cages can be the same size.) and should be fed a high-quality seed mix with few sunflower seeds, but not Cockatiel mix. They enjoy vegetables and occasional fruit slices.

Length

Very Tiny! Averaging 4 to 4.5 inches long.

Sexing

Blue feathers on the parrotlet indicate male birds.

Origin

They inhabit wide areas of forest in South America and Central America.

Trainability

They can learn to talk, and their little voices sound like a "little robot". They have a "big parrot" attitude, and are afraid of nothing. In training, I have found that a spray from a mister bottle, works wonders, as in all Amazons, the hand or finger can be shied away from. For a small bird, they carry a big bite, but I have found that the mister bottle works wonders, when accompanied with a "no".

Loudness

Rather small voices, their loudest call, is a "Chirp" that is about half as loud as that of a Cockatiel. They don't scream, or make much noise as a rule.

Pricing

$85 to $125.