posted by admin on Mar 27

Hi everybody,

I got tired hopping around on the keyboard and typing yesterday so I decided to sit back on my perch and watch videos of some of my cousins. Here are some of my favorite videos. Most of these have some small parrot talking parts or some easy bird tricks that we learn to do to entertain the humans. Little do they realize what a kick we get out of watching them say “Pretty Bird” a hundred times more than we do.

Most of the best feathered actors you’ll see in videos today are parrots or parrotlets of course. Humans are brought in as extras and the ones that have speaking parts do add some humor.

If they would only teach us some better phrases like for instance – “Please deposit fifty cents for the next two minutes” – maybe us parrotlets could make a decent living.

Pacific parrotlet makes a birdhouse in a flower pot1. Parrotlet in a Commercial – Some parrotlets are already on their way to stardom like the first one who got his talons in the door doing that commercial. The big screen can’t be far away.

2. Talking Parrotlet – Give a parrot a talk, he’ll listen for a day. Teach a parrot to talk and he’ll talk your ear off for a lifetime.

3. Blue Parrotlet Says “Hi Baby” and “Go Night Night” – Gotta keep that crying, whining baby from keeping him up at night somehow.

4. Talking Parrotlet Says “Whatchya’ Doing?” – What do you THINK he’s doing – sitting there talking and listening to you.

5.  Green Parrotlet Says “Birdie, Birdie, Birdie” – There must be a good golfer in that house. That small parrot is lucky he isn’t saying “hack, hack, hack” like Uncle Leo does every week.

6. A Parrotlet Bird Does the “Play Dead” Trick – “Look into my eyes … you are getting sleepy.” What we pets do for you humans. That small bird deserves a big  Academy Award for sure.

7. Parrotlet Does Finger “Step Up” Trick –  Who needs a stair stepper machine when you have a human around to exercise with. A few more hours of that kind of training and he can stop eating like a bird.

8. Blue Winged Parrotlet Taking a Bath – Can you give the little guy a little privacy please? They ought to make these parrot cages with some curtains for times like this.  And next time, a nice big dish of water would be just great.

9. Parrotlets Playing With Toys – Who’d a thought parrots like to play with toys? Duh. In this one you can see the parrotlet training a human to play with a couple different toys.

parrotlet eating a strawberry10. Parrotlet Opening Soda Bottle – Small parrotlet bird to the rescue here helping open a bottle for a human friend. All you have to do is ask.

11. Parrotlet Eating a Fig – Yep, us pet parrot types will sit on our perches and eat fruit and millet all day long. No millet in this video though.

12. Parrotlets Eating Shrimp Cocktail – We’ll try to eat just about anything. Although I’ve never heard of parrot food supplies including jalapeño flavored birdseed. Phew!

13. A Parrotlet Preening Another Parrotlet – Every big or small bird appreciates a little preening help now and then. Good thing that parrotlet breeder and pet store birds sure have a lot of feathered buddies around to help.

So there you have ‘em, my favorite parrotlet videos. We sure are cute, and smart, and fun, and fun to watch, and you can see that some of us are chatty. But at least none of us are catty. Stupid cats.

See you later,

Chartreuse

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posted by admin on Mar 25

We all have come to know and love certain species of animals as pets based on what our parents, family members, friends, and classmates have introduced us to starting as children and continuing later in life. The most common house pets include dogs, cats, birds, fish, hamsters, or reptiles.


Reminiscent of our childhood days and still popular today are common pet store birds – parakeets, canaries and finches.  These cute little creatures live in small pet bird cages and have a diet of bird food and play with bird toys that are all available at the same checkout counter of your local pet store.

Some pet bird stores also sell larger birds such as the cockatiel, the African Gray parrot or the Macaw. Big birds require more room  and owners often order custom designed cages made of wood, metal or stainless steel. Many large parrot owners even devote an entire room to their house pets!

small-parrot-toys But one smaller type of pet bird is often a better choice – exotic mini parrots – the parrotlets.

Parrotlets may not be available for sale locally. They are more often purchased directly from parrot and parrotlet breeders and some specialty birds stores.

But you might even see a parrotlet staring at you in your local pet store, “eeping” at you at a “Bird Show”, in the “For Sale” section of your local newspaper, or someone could ask if you want to adopt a parrotlet.

In a previous post we considered 10 reasons to buy a parrotlet. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, here are a few other things that you should know before deciding to get a pet bird.

PETS ARE WORK – Whether you have a parrotlet or any other kind of pets, they require feeding and cleaning. And many of them they need your love and attention. These amazing, beautiful, wonderful creatures deserve your respect.

PETS CAN BE NEEDY – Parrotlets like parrots and other pets need attention an want to be around you. If ignored and annoyed, they might nip on your fingers or chew on jewelry and clothes. It pays to have their bird toys handy at all times. Like any pet, behaviors can be modified through training.

CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF – Without its wings clipped, a parrotlet is capable of flying fast and feverishly. These inquisitive little guys like to follow you as you move from room to room.

So you need to be aware of where they are at all times especially when opening outside doors or windows. You sure don’t want to lose the jewels of your home aviary because of one open door.

BEAKS NEED TO CHEW – Birds including parrotlets are constant chewers, exercising their beaks on anything within reach. They’ll nibble on paper (including bills and book covers) and buttons on remote controls and cell phones. It’s recommended to have lots of parrot toys or designated chewable items in every room where your parrotlet might go.

OOPS, BIRD POOP –  Birds spend a lot of their time in and around their cages where most of the eating and pooping takes place. But you have to be ready to wipe up their “little presents” anywhere they might fly (or walk). That’s another good reason to consider a small pet bird like the parrotlet versus a larger species.

DON’T TALK EASILY – Parrotlets may be more difficult to teach to talk compared to their larger cousins. Parrotlets rather “eep” in a quiet, non-offensive pitch most of the time and a bit louder on occasion. If you really want a constant talker, a larger parrot species might be a better choice.

So there you have it. Getting and raising a pet is a serious decision. Like anything else, there are a few considerations to keep in mind particularly with having a pet bird in the house.

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posted by admin on Mar 25

All birds can be good pets but parrots and parrotlets can make GREAT pets. Their interesting and comical personalities and need for human interaction provides good companionship and constant entertainment.

Here are just some of the reasons to consider getting a parrotlet as a pet:

parrotlet-bird-pet-parrotPARROTLETS ARE GREAT FUN – The littlest parrots are cute, charming, inquisitive, active, and can bring a smile to your face whenever you are around them. Give them a toy or put them on any surface and they are fascinating to watch.

SMALLEST PARROT – Only 4-6 inches from head to tip of tail feathers, parrotlets require limited space and only a medium sized cage. And at 1-2 ounces you barely feel them while they are riding on your shoulder or on your head.

QUIETEST PARROTS – Parrotlets are very quiet and are ideal for condo and/or apartment living. They are a great solution for animal lovers living where dogs or cats are not allowed.

INDOOR PET – Pet birds do not need to be walked. Although they sure do like to fly (or walk) around the house.

NO PET INSURANCE REQUIRED – Parrotlets do not require regular vet visits. We dislike going to the doctors and parrotlets usually stay pretty healthy.

ECONOMICAL TO FEED – Bird food (bird seeds and millet) lasts months. In most places  the good tap water is fine for pets to drink. It should be changed daily though. Parrotlets will also nibble on just about anything a you are eating!

EASY TO KEEP CLEAN – Parrotlets can “take a bath” in a plate or cup of tap water and house (cage) cleaning requires only soap and water. Newspaper or other disposable lining for the bottom of their cage makes cleanup quick and easy. Using small pet cage “corncob” is optional.

FRIENDLY – A parrotlet enjoys riding around on your shoulder. They’re good listeners too and enjoy the sound of a human voice. Just don’t bring up politics or religion. ;-)

LONG TERM PET – You can enjoy the bond you form with your pet as parrotlet life expectancy is 20&#43 years.

THEY’RE NOT CATS – hehe.

With some basic knowledge and a little care you can enjoy your new pet parrotlet for many, many years.

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posted by admin on Mar 24

My parrot cousin Willie is a hero. He called out for help and helped save a baby girl’s life.

Click on the picture of Willie below to see the video at FoxNews.com.

parrot-rescue

It was great to see Willie on national TV but I think that maybe he was camera shy.

Or else the cat had his tongue. Stupid cats.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did.

Chartreuse

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posted by admin on Mar 22

Okay. So you can call me a pet bird. If someone keeps bringing me new food water, toys, (and MILLET) I can live with that. I’ve got a nice parrot cage house to live in when I want, shoulders and heads to ride on, and no hawks or snakes around as far as I can tell. Guess I’ve got a pretty good gig going on here. Did I mention the MILLET?


Playing with my small parrot toys is okay, but I really like checking out and chewing on all those human things. As a matter of fact everything looks like a toy or something to eat. I can’t really tell for sure until I get my beak on it.

pacific-parrotlet-toysMy beak is one of my best buddies. It’s great for grabbing things, holding something while I taste it, and for chewing holes in plastic bags so I can get a little taste of the human food they hide inside.

I wonder which one of my ancestors was the first to chew through a plastic bag?

I was watching the Animal Planet on TV the other day and saw one of my African cousins riding on top of a rhinoceros. That’s what I like to do too around here when anybody’s home. No rhinos here but humans work too. I tour the house in style whenever I can hitch a ride on someone’s shoulder or head. No tasty ticks for me to chew off their hides though. That’s okay. I get lots of other good stuff to eat all the time. 

I’m supposed to mainly eat seeds, you know – bird food, but like my cousins out in the wild world I like some tastes of fruits and vegetables too. I even nibble at cereals, cake, meat, and other human food when I get a chance. They make it so easy for me by putting it in the middle of a round disk that I can walk around.

Sometimes its just fun to shred and toss stuff around and wipe
my beak on something nearby. Someone will clean up after me. (Note to parrotlets everywhere – If you get the chance move into a house with a "type A" person, they enjoy cleaning up after you.)

Oops, it’s past my bedtime and my talons are getting tired from all this typing. Time to fly back to my pet bird cage and put on that "pet" act before I go to sleep. I know that some of my cousins like to sleep with bird cage covers over them but not me. I just ring my bell until someone turn the lights off.

Good night.

Chartreuse

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posted by admin on Mar 22

My mom and dad were both Pacific Parrotlets. A parrot breeder in Florida introduced my them to each other a couple of years ago.  – It was nesting behavior at first sight.


That’s where my story begins. Everything is still a little blurry but the first thing that I kind of remember was pecking my way out of that egg that my mom put me in. It was a lot of work and boy was I hungry when I got out.

My green and blue parrotlet brothers and sisters and I were only a few weeks old (and just learning to fly) when one day things got real crazy and scary. In the middle of the day it got dark and real noisy outside. Hurricane Charley hit Florida and we lost our home.

custom-parrot-bird-cageTime for a parrot rescue. The next thing I remember was being put in a parrot travel cage all by myself and taken into a car. The cage was sitting on the front seat and I could see a little bit out the car window. The car must have been going real fast – even faster than I can fly now – because when I looked up and out the window I saw the top of trees go by very quickly.

I don’t really like to go in cars much because I have to stay in my cage and can’t put my head out the window. I’d rather be out walking and flying around. Dogs are lucky that way. But they can’t fly so I’ll call it even.

Anyway, when we finally stopped someone carried me and my cage into a strange new building. It was all a bit confusing because then I was moved again to another place with a different person. After what seemed like a few days (it was probably a few weeks) I got used to my new home with its perches and toys and was starting to figure out the humans living around me.

As a young bird I was nervous and worried and not sure what was going on. So I just sat in my cage thinking and hung upside down a lot. And I ate a little bit. I missed hearing all the other birds and missed playing with their parrotlet toys. I might have been just a small parrot but I had fun with lots of the big parrot toys too.

One day someone brought me some really tasty millet to try. Turns out I really like the stuff. Better than any other bird food. I can still remember the sound of the plastic bag that it came in. Now every time I hear the crinkling sound of a plastic bag I just have to check it out. Might be some millet in there. You never know. Mmmmmmm ….millet.

It took a while to train the humans around here but I think I’ve got this pet bird routine down pretty good by now. I get to eat, sleep, and play every day. I like eating … and sleeping … and playing. And they get to bring me food and water and treats. Did I mention millet ?

Anyways, I think I’ll keep them around for a while. At least 15-20 years I hope.

See you later,

Chartreuse

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posted by admin on Mar 22

Let me introduce myself. My name is Chartreuse and I’m a parrotlet bird – that means small parrot. Officially people refer to me as a Pacific Parrotlet. That’s kind of funny because I actually hatched near the Atlantic Ocean and there’s a good story about that.  I’ll tell you all about it later.

Good thing that I can type because this way I get to tell you my side of the story. And whoever said " The internet is for the birds" was very wise. Probably an owl.  

parrotlet-birds-typing-gamesWhen everyone is out of the room I fly over to the computer, hop on the keyboard, and try to punch out a few thoughts. This keyboard is pretty big and it sure takes a lot of hopping around to write.

My favorite keys are P – A – R – O – T – L – E and the backspace key. Good thing ’cause I make a lot of typos. (Typos and tiny poos … but that’s a different story … hehe.)

As you might have guessed already, I use the hunt and peck method of typing. I haven’t had a chance yet to practice the ASDF touchtyping method like I’m supposed to because I’d rather play and make up my own typing games.

That’s what we parrotlets are good at – playing – and of course a little chewing. I like playing, and chewing. Besides that my feet are way too small and can’t reach all the keys. I bet some of my bigger parrot cousins could reach though.

So anyway, it’s really nice of you to visit my website. Look around and come back again when you get a chance. When no one’s looking I’ll fly out of my small bird cage and get back to the keyboard again to let you know how things are going.

Uh oh, I hear someone coming … it’s time for me to fly off and make believe that I’m just an ordinary little parrot.

"Eep … eep". Hehe.

Chartreuse

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posted by admin on Mar 21

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posted by admin on Mar 21

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