What is a Celestial Pacific Parrotlet?

The Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis), also known as Celestial Pacific Parrotlet, is a species of small parrot in the Psittacidae family, native to Ecuador and Peru. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrub land, and heavily degraded former forest.

Pacific Parrotlets are one of the smallest in the world. Pacific Parrotlets are between 4½ to 5½ inches in length. They come from South America in the area of Peru and Ecuador. There are seven species of Parrotlets. Only three of these species are kept as pets. Of these, the Celestial Pacific Parrotlet is the most common. It is sometimes called the “Pocket Parrot.”

These miniature parrots in the wild travel in flocks which, depending on the species can range from as low as four to over 100 birds. Most either species travel in flocks of about 5 – 40. This species forms life-long & tight pair bonds with their chosen mates.

The wild type coloring for this species is green, but several color mutations have been established through selective breeding in the United States & Europe. Pacific Parrotlets are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females have different appearances. Determining the sex of a Pacific Parrotlet is fairly easy. Males have markings of cobalt blue on their head, wings and tail. Females generally lack these blue markings.