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Oliver the Parrotlet

This is how Oliver has been for about 6 months now. It took sometime for him to tame/settle in completely but he is definitely a great companion and a joy to have a round. A little feather ball of sunshine

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He is so gorgeous!! I just love his coloring Is he a Pacific parrotlet? I don't know too much about the different breeds of parrotlets, but they are the cutest little things Does he behave with Cozette and Mina? I would love to get one some day but don't know how one would interact with my current flock.
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He is so gorgeous!! I just love his coloring Is he a Pacific parrotlet? I don't know too much about the different breeds of parrotlets, but they are the cutest little things Does he behave with Cozette and Mina? I would love to get one some day but don't know how one would interact with my current flock.
Yes, Oliver is a American Yellow (aka Dilute) Pacific Parrotlet.

He gets along fine with Cozette because she isn't in your face or high energy but they weren't really friends persay-I think they could have been if I hadn't gotten Mina. Cozette prefers Mina to Oliver, and Oliver just prefers doing his own thing or hanging out with me. Oliver is petrified of Mina because she is very in your face with him and I don't think she likes him at all. Mina is also very high energy and Oliver is a perch potato. Mina is more assertive than Oliver, but she isn't territory aggressive as much as he is.

I know of a lot of people that have cockatiels, budgies, and parrotlets. These species seem to do fairly well together often enough. Parrotlets seem to be able to get along with milder tempered birds and just depending on the individual birds' personalities. I think parrotlets are very adaptable and so especially if they were raised around other birds, they would just go with it. For example, if the breeder was also handfeeding baby cockatiels alongside the parrotlets, etc. Although, they almost never do well being housed with other birds (even other parrotlets). I say almost because I do know some parrotlets that get alone extremely well with a budgie friend, a gcc friend, etc.-both have fairly mild temperaments and those people have housed them together after having them be bonded for months or years beforehand. But it is definitely not the norm.

From my experience, Parrotlets are more like a very independent, loyal, and loving chihuahua whose owner understands them and they understand their owner-in a very intimate way. My other two birds are more like cats with very easy going personalities. They love the occasional attention, but also like playing or doing their own thing more often. I say this because parrotlets tend to connect to humans in a different way than my other too. They are very interactive with humans and pay very close attention to the things you do rather than running around to investigate/play, which is what my other two like to do. They also bond strongly to humans like larger parrots, but are much more independent as long as they have a structured environment. However, like any animal, if you carry them around all of the time they can become very dependent. But if they have a structured environment, they make great pets.

I love parrotlets. I also love linnies and budgies. It is nice to have different personalities. For me-the owner- it is refreshing and balances things out. But parrotlets are basically what their name implies, they are true parrots and act the same as larger parrots in their temperaments but with all of the pros that come along with their compact size (not as noisy, not as needy, not as expensive, make less of a mess, bite won't rip a finger off, etc.).

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Thanks!! It's always nice hearing from people who actually own different species and experience them first hand You can read for days about them, but it's not the same as hearing "from the horse's mouth" not that I'm calling you a horse... hahaha
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No problem! I completely agree. The things I read dont always match up with owner experiences.

I forgot to say that parrotlets are VERY cuddly birds, not every single one, but generally as a species they are. Oliver is way more hands on than my other two. And even though I have explained things this way, my Mina and Cozette are also very tame and attached to me, it's just different in the way they relate to humans.

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Completely agree with your comments. P'lets are great birds and I couldn't imagine my life without my little blue psycho's.

They are very playful, fierce, independent, highly intelligent little creatures. When someone asks me to describe them I say "try and imagine a Chihuahua who seeks attention like a Dramatic Poodle but who will turn into a Pit Bull when they don't get their way"

Seriously, they are a much under appreciated species. Whenever we are out someone will tell me "oh yea...I used to have one of those" or that they know someone who has one. I tell them "they aren't parakeets, they are parrotlets" not even close. Their intelligence is highly underrated IMO. Anyone who know's my stories about my baby M'éanín knows they aren't an "easy" bird, but I wouldn't trade him for anything and he certainly keeps things interesting around here.

At the moment he's vomiting up chicken nuggets for his girlfriend. Wish they would go to their cage when they do that. For some reason they like to do it sitting on me. Same with mating, they only do it sitting on me...sheez, i'm not their sex therapist ! haha
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Beautiful AND a charmer!
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He is so precious, and how much he enjoys your scritches, well done, 4thebirds!
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What a cute little bird!

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