Parrotlets are among the smallest species of Parrot and is definitely the smallest species that is bred in captivity. The word simply means little parrot. The species is divided into 3 genuses: Forpus, Touit and Nannopsitacca. The parrotlets are stocky with short tails and are commonly found in South America. These birds travel in flocks of about four to a hundred. They are loving’ creatures and form lifelong bonds in pairs with their chosen partners.
These birds are becoming the most sought after pets in the world. They have grown in availability and popularity over the years due to their beauty. The Forpus genus is the biggest group and the most common parrotlets kept as pets. Apart from their beautiful plumage, they have a comical character and inability to scream which makes them more desirable. They are typical parrots hence are bold, intelligent and curious. They can learn how to talk within a short time which enables them to create a strong bond with their owners. When a parrotlet is handfed, it becomes the best pet ever. They spend hours climbing, swinging, eating and playing with toys. The best toys for them are those that provide motion which include ropes, leather and soft wood. They lack jaw strength therefore parrotlets do not destroy toys making them more economical to maintain.
The blue winged parrotlet scientifically known as Forpus xanthopterygius is a common type of parrotlet. It includes Forpus xanthopterygius spengeli which is the turquoise-rumped parrotlet. This bird is sometimes taken as a separate species due to some unique features. It is mainly found in the lowlands up to an altitude of 1200m above sea level in south eastern parts of Brazil. The woodlands, savanna and scrub are the main habitats for these particular birds. They have smaller flocks compared to the rest which range from twenty to slightly over 50 especially in the seeding grasses and trees with fruits. They are found widespread all over the region but are more concentrated in the Amazon Basin.
The Turquoise parrotlets are very pretty. It is a short blue winged bird, with a short tail and a prominent green color. The males are blue on the primary side and the under-wing and this distinguishes them from other birds in the species. The face, thigh area and the vent are emerald green. The females on the other hand lack the conspicuous blue color and can be easily confused with the green rumpled parrotlet. There are discussions to make the Turquoise Parrotlet a species in its own due to the distinguishable characteristics and maybe the Forpus spengeli will be introduced.
The parrotlets are quite fearless and very territorial; you don’t joke with it and get away with it. They tend to attack other animals especially birds which are much bigger than them. Those who own the parrotlets experience this amazing character but the other pets suffer. Cats, puppies and other birds kept as pets often get bites from the small birds. The Turquoise Parrotlet loves species interaction but can be quite stubborn.