Male vs. Female | Green vs. Color Mutation Parrotlets

Should I adopt a Male Pacific Parrotlet? Or adopt a Female Pacific Parrotlet?. Are Green Pacific Parrotlets smarter vs other Parrotlet Color Mutations? These sort of Pacific Parrotlet questions are often asked by a majority of customers for various reasons. Some customers have read information on this topic yet heard something completely opposite. You will find strong opinions to this question as Parrotlet owners/breeders who have had positive experience with males/females or a certain color will tell you “only buy an X or Y” or if they have had a bad experience will undoubtably tell you the opposite.

The way Parrotletbirds Aviary approaches these questions are relating them to human life.

For Example: You have 2 children, a son and a daughter. Your best friend who is expecting a new born ask you “Do you prefer a boy or girl? Which child has a better personality? Smarter? Friendlier?” One would imagine your answer wouldn’t be “a boy” or “a girl” – Each and every child (or in this case a Pacific Parrotlet) shares some similar characteristics, however, they are also each unique and different in many ways.

The owner, the environment, how much time you spend with your new Parrotlet companion AND how you socialize your Parrotlet are very important. Those seeking to adopt a baby Pacific Parrotlet often select a male because they are more colorful (Dark Blue coloring on rump, wings, eyelids). However, BOTH can be sweet and loving as well as ALL mutation colors. If you are looking for a parrotlet with a specific personality type, please contact us and we will let you know if we have a Parrotlet compatible with your family.

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Clipping a Pacific Parrotlets Feathers

Clipping the wings is a painless process and, in fact, a temporary one because the flight feathers will grow back with each successive molt. The objective of wing-clipping is to limit a parrotlets ability to generate upward lift but retain the ability to glide downward to prevent injury from a fall.

1) Pacific Parrotlets have a great lift and need more feathers clipped
2) Clip primary feathers on BOTH wings.
3) Primary coverts, secondary feathers and secondary coverts are NOT
4) Clip both wings to give Parrotlet proper balance.
5) Restrain head, both feet and the opposite wing.
6) Be careful NOT to restrict chest.
7) Hold wing at base of humerus.
8) Clip first four or five primaries at the base of the shaft, below feathered
9) Can leave the first two primaries for aesthetics and clip an additional
10) Do not clip feathers with blood shaft.




When does a Parrotlet breeding season begin?

Pacific Parrotlets have no “set” breeding season. A majority of Parrotlets have the ability to breed and produce year round. A suggestion to those seeking to breed parrotlets, limit each parrotlet breeding pair to 2- 3 clutches per year. By allowing each pair to rest in between clutches will increase your chances of having larger and healthier babies/clutches. This information submitted by A pacific parrotlet breeder specializing in hand-fed parrotlet babies. Parrotletbirds is located in Los Angeles, California.

Can Pacific Parrotlets talk?

Yes, Parrotlets have the ability to talk and learn a variety of words and sounds.  As soon as your Pacific Parrotlets is hand-tamed, start considering speech lessons. If your parrotlet has been raised by hand, directly from the nest, taming and training, as well as learning certain words is possible. Teaching your Parrotlet words is fairly easy as long as the trainer works with patience.

Do Parrotlets need DNA testing to determine sex?

Determining the sex of a Pacific Parrotlet is rather easy and can be done without going through the process of having the Parrotlet DNA sexed. All male Parrotlets have a royal-cobalt blue coloring located on the rump (back), above the eyes, and on their wings. The female Parrotlets are solid in color. The only Parrotlet which requires DNA lab sexing and can’t be done visually are the Albino Parrotlets.

For Example: A Green Pacific Parrotlet that is solid green in color with no royal cobalt blue markings is a female (second parrotlet picture below). A Green Pacific Parrotlet with royal cobalt blue markings located on the rump, eyes, and wings would absolutely be a male Parrotlet (first parrotlet picture below).

Pacific Parrotlet: Green Male
Pacific Parrotlet: Green Female

Pacific Parrotlet: Demeanor & Temper

Celestial Pacific Parrotlets can at times be feisty little buggers. One should never purchase a Parrotlet just because you find them cool in coloring or because they are small. Before purchasing any bird including a Parrotlet, the new owner should dedicate time researching a Parrotlets personality and characteristics, along with asking questions to qualified breeds and/or avian vet.

Parrotlets should not be overlooked in favor of more widely known types of birds; any bird owner, including Parrotlet owners will tell you that all birds possess all the intelligence and attitude of the largest of macaws. Pacific Parrotlets are fairly quiet companions, making them ideal for families who live in apts. or condos. Many of our satisfied customers come from the East Coast States & confirmed this claim.

Hand-Fed American Yellow Parrotlet

At what point should I stop breeding my parrotlet pair? suggest limiting the amount of clutches each parrotlet breeding pair is allowed to produce in any given year. If proper care along with a hardy and healthy diet is given to your parrotlet breeding pair(s), We would venture to say most parrotlet pairs can produce fertile clutches along with healthy babies for at least 4-6 years.

There have been many cases where parrotlet breeding pairs continued to produce healthy clutches at a much older age, however, Parrotletbirds does not recommend breeding your parrotlets after an age of around 8 years. Everyone needs a break eventually!

~ Parrotletbirds are the proud owners of the following Pacific Parrotlet Breeding Pairs ~

Dilute Blue (M) w. Turquoise Split Yellow (F) 

Yellow Split White (M) w/ Yellow Split White (F)

Dom. Green Split Blue Pied (F) w. Yellow Split Blue (M)

View more pictures of Parrotletbirds Aviary breeding pairs



What occurs during the incubation process of a pacific parrotlet?

The incubation period for most Pacific Parrotlets is 19 to 24 days. The hen will spend a majority of her time in the nest box taking care of and keeping her eggs warm. The hen will come out of the nest box occasionally to poop and replenish nutrients. The male parrotlet will be dedicated to feeding his mate either in the nest box or at the entrance hole. It is not uncommon to see both the male and female sleeping in the nest box with one another.

Note: Water should be changed on a daily basis, however, recommends changing the water twice daily when your parrotlet breeding pair has begun the process of laying eggs, incubating hatching, raising etc.