Pocket parrots, also known as parrotlets, are miniature parrots that range in size from 4.5 to 5.5 inches. They are the smallest members of the parrot family. These curious, intelligent birds can live over 20 years.
Many parrotlets learn to speak, with the amount of words spoken corresponding to the amount of time the owner devotes to teaching the pocket parrot. In spite of their ability to speak, pocket parrots are not considered to be noisy birds. They are unable to scream and rarely squawk, making them good pets for apartment dwellers.
Parrotlets are aggressive birds, and they are prone to attack other birds of both a smaller and larger sizes. It is best to house them in cages without other types of birds to prevent aggressive behavior. The cage must be large enough to allow the parrotlet to extend his wings fully and should include a swing and toys.
Most parrotlets enjoy a varied diet. Seeds, pellets, fruits and vegetables give their feathers a healthy sheen. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be cut into tiny pieces, making it easier for the birds to consume them. Parrotlets have high metabolisms, so food must be available to the birds at all times.