Parrotlet

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Parrotlet
Forpus coelestis - male pet.jpg
A pet male Pacific parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)
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Forpus
Touit
Nannopsittaca

Parrotlets are a group of the smallest New World parrot species, comprising several genera, namely Forpus, Nannopsittaca, and Touit. They have stocky builds and short tails and are endemic to Middle and South America.[1]

In the wild, parrotlets travel in flocks ranging in size from about four to over a hundred birds. Most species travel in flocks of about five to forty. They form lifelong, tight pair bonds with their chosen mates.[citation needed]

Behavior[edit]

If left alone for too long, a single parrotlet can lose some of its companionability.[citation needed] The Pacific parrotlet, in particular, does not understand that it is a tiny bird, and has little trouble challenging other animals and humans.[2] Parrotlets in general are feisty, affectionate, and willful. Parrotlets should be housed separately due to their aggressive nature.[citation needed] Even bonded pairs have been known to kill or injure a mate.[citation needed] For this reason, most parrotlet species should not be kept in aviaries[citation needed] and it is best to keep them separate from other species.[citation needed]

Parrotlet species[edit]

The following species within three genera are considered to be parrotlets:

Forpus[edit]

Touit[edit]

The Touit parrotlets are a genus of parrotlets found in the Venezuela-Guyana area, the northern Andes, and Bahia. Only three of the seven species have ever been brought into aviculture, none successfully.

Nannopsittaca[edit]

There are only two species in the genus Nannopsittaca.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forshaw, Joseph (2006). Parrots of the World. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. p. 123. ISBN 0-691-09251-6.
  2. ^ "They May be Small, but Parrotlets Have a Big Bird Personality".