Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)  The Pacific (Forpus coelestis) Genus: Forpus Size: 12.6cm Weight: 32g Species: coelestis These little parrots are residents of the Pacific coast of Ecuador and northwestern Peru. The Pacific (Forpus coelestis) is one of two species commonly available as pets

  • COLOR: Blue, Green, Yellow
  • SIZE: small
  • LIFESPAN: Up to 20 years
  • SOUNDS: Vocal communicator
Classification (COI)
Reign Animalia
Branch Chordata
Sub-embr. Vertebrata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
Kind Forpus

The Forpus coelestisForpus coelestis ) is a species of bird belonging to the family of Psittacidae.

Parrotlet blue


What is a parrotlet

The Parrotlet has various local names. In America, the proper name would be “forpus parrot” indeed it is the smallest parrot in the world.
In Europe, although this species is not part of the parakeets, the name used would be “sparrow parakeet”, and the most global name, the most common would be “celestial parrotlet”.


The Celestial parrotlet Forpus coelestis ) has green plumage, as does the Evergreen ( Forpus passerinus ), but there are other man-made mutations, including American yellow and turquoise blue.
This bird presents a fairly obvious sexual dimorphism: the male has a blue coloration at the level of the flight feathers and the rump and forming a line behind the eyes. This bird measures 12 to 13 cm.

Parrotlet colors

parrotlet colors

  • Parrotlet Green Pied
  • Parrotlet  American Yellow
  • Parrotlet  Green Marbled
  • Parrotlet American Yellow Marbled
  • Parrotlet American Yellow Fallow
  • Parrotlet Blue
  • Parrotlet Blue Pied
  • Parrotlet American White
  • Parrotlet Blue Marbled
  • Parrotlet Blue Fallow
  • Parrotlet American White Marbled
  • Parrotlet Turquoise Pied
  • Parrotlet American Turquoise
  • Parrotlet Turquoise Marbled
  • Parrotlet Turquoise Fallow
  • Parrotlet American Turquoise Marbled
  • Parrotlet American Turquoise Fallow
  • Parrotlet Grey Green
  • Parrotlet Grey Turquoise  


The female lays between 4 and 8 eggs which she incubates for 18 to 20 days. The young leave the nest around the age of 30 days. The father helps the mother to feed the chicks. The young will reach sexual maturity at the age of 1 year. If they mate too early, the female may die of exhaustion.


This species can live between 10 and 15 years in captivity.

Parrotlet Care For Beginners | Topics



Parrotlet  Habitat 

Parrotlet  Habitat

This species frequents wooded and dry areas as well as secondary forests.
Origin: South American species
Parrotlet lifespan
This bird’s lifespan is on average 15- 20 years, provided their needs of daily exercise and healthy nutrition are met these birds are among the longest-living parrot species, and if their needs are met,

Parrotlet Breeding


They are very intelligent birds who can say a few words and cover their owner with great affection, but they are also very territorial.
They are animals that live in groups; in captivity, it is better to take a couple or to be with them as often as possible so that they do not feel alone.
The Forpus coelestis is quiet, both indoors and outdoors. Even if they are small, they need to fly, it will be necessary to provide a fairly large cage

Parrotlet as pets

As long as separate cages are kept they can fly together outside of their respective homes. Budgies are the more easy-going and accepting, as long as you keep their cages separate there shouldn’t be an issue.
These parrots are definitely the easiest to tame, the cheapest, and probably require the least amount of work. That being said I wouldn’t suggest getting any bird unless you plan to take time with the bird outside of the cage.
I don’t think it’s fair for any bird to be simply locked in a cage for its entire life. I don’t have a lot of experience with ringnecks, but I would highly suggest NOT getting parrotlet.
As cute as they are, they have a tendency to be extremely cage aggressive….meaning they’ll be your friend (sometimes) once they’re out & away from their cage.
However, when they are in, on, or near their cage, they get very aggressive and will bite to draw blood. I have tamed many budgies, cockatiels, and cockatoos. And though I was able to somewhat tame this bird, the cage aggression never fully went away.


The daily food that a parrot eats includes a combination of inseparable elements:

  • Extruded or granulated (balanced nutritional intake).
  • Seed mixture (vitamins, minerals, and trace elements).
  • Sprouted seeds (proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, chlorophyll, and trace elements). 
  • Fruits and vegetables (provitamin A or beta-carotene).
  • Plants and grasses (vitamin A).
  • Mineral block or cuttlefish bone (calcium and iodine).

You can also occasionally provide whole, cooked cereals such as wheat, rice, spelled, barley, oats, canary seed, quinoa, millet, corn, rye, and buckwheat.


Parrotlet care

SOURCE:Pinchos the Parrotlet

Sharing experience of the breeding of Parrotlet Celestes

As a preamble it is important to remember that all living things are unique and that each bird has a personality and therefore a behavior of its own, nevertheless, we can try to define general rules that will correspond to the greatest number, but remember that there will always be individual behaviors that will deviate from generalities.

Choice and Preparation of Broodstock

My birds are in large community aviaries outside the breeding period, of course, it is forbidden to have nests or shelters that can be used to nest, otherwise, there is a risk of deadly fighting.

It is prudent to have several food points and one or more water points allowing birds to drink and bathe in what they love to do.

The celestial is a greedy bird so it is necessary to give it a varied diet and insufficient quantity but of course, without excess, the aviary, as the name suggests, must be large enough for them to fly and flee in case of quarrel, which happens. For my part, the aviary is 15 cubic meters for about twenty pairs and has many perches of branches and leaves to amuse the beaks. I am lucky to have a very large laurel sauce that allows me to feed the aviary all year round and in addition, it smells good.

Community Aviary Parrotlet Celeste
Community Aviary Parrotlet Celeste

Good bird watching makes it possible to guess the characters of each bird which helps in the choice of broodstock.

Parrotlet colors

Community Aviary Parrotlet
Community Aviary Parrotlet 

There are many mutations that help in the formation of couples according to the project of each breeder. It is important to always have birds of wild hue, green, good size, and morphology that will be used to create your own strain and mutation carriers because it will be necessary to constantly go through this wild strain to keep beautiful birds in each mutation.