Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Small Parrots

Top Five Small Parrots

1. Cockatiels

Cockatiels are often chosen as pet birds because of their ability to learn tricks, whistle and talk. Male cockatiels are more expected to come up with songs and tricks.

Scientific name: Nymphicus hollandicus

Lifespan: 15 – 20 y (In captivity)

Length: 30 – 33 cm (Adult)

2. Small Conures

Conures are small parrots with long tail feathers (Conure means 'cone tail'). They are found throughout Mexico and Southern Chile. The largest one is the Patagonian conure that gets up to about 19 inches. The smallest parrots are about 10 inches. They are very attractive pet birds and come in a multitude of colors. Conures in general tend to be very cuddly.

3. Lovebirds

Scientific name: Agapornis
Lifespan: 10 – 15 y
Mass: 0.04 – 0.06 kg (Adult)
Length: 13 – 17 cm (Adult)

Lovebirds are small parrots from Africa. They are named after the monogamous pair bonds they form with their mate. Lovebirds can make a bit of noise. They need tall cages with lots of perches to climb on.

4. Parrotlets

Parrotlets are small parrots and they are intelligent, curious, acrobatic and can learn to talk. There are seven species of parrotlets: Blue Wings, Pacifics, Green Rumps, Sclater's, Mexicans, Spectacles and Yellow Face. One of the rarest species of parrotlet, the Yellow Face, is found only in one remote valley in Peru.

5. Budgies

The budgerigar, also known as common pet parakeet  and  nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot.

Scientific name: Melopsittacus undulatus
Lifespan: 5 – 8 y (Adult, In captivity)
Mass: 0.03 – 0.04 kg (Adult, In Wild)
Clutch size: 4 – 6
Length: 18 cm on average (Adult, In Wild)