PARROTLET

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Country: Peru and Ecuador.

Small. At between 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 inches, they are a great size for those who live in apartments, dorms, or condominiums.

It is believed that Parrotlets can live for up to 30 years.

Known as feisty, somewhat impish birds, Parrotlets can become unruly without proper handling. They often do best as pets when kept by themselves, as they are prone to becoming aggressive toward other birds. Nonetheless, tame hand-fed Parrotlets who are well cared for make very sweet and affectionate companions.

Colors:  Pacific Parrotlets are a dimorphic species, with the normal coloration being mostly green. Males can be distinguished from females by the splashes of bright blue on their backs and behind their eyes. Parrotlets also come in many color mutations, such as lutino, blue, and albino