Small Parrot Species (Lovebirds, Cockatiels, Parrotlets and Parakeets / Budgies)

The most popular pet birds are the small parrots. Most people start out with them. Some may move on to larger birds - and many of those who have and find out how demanding the larger parrots are - find themselves going to these little gems. If you want to learn more about them, or wish to share your experiences with others, this is the forum for you.

6/7 month cockatiel shows both male and female breeding behaviours

Submitted by Siorys on Fri, 01/10/2020 - 15:40
Hello! I recently got a new tiel and now that it's growing up it's confusinge me loads. I noticed that when I'm around he "relieves himself" on objects like a male cockatiel would do and he'sstarting to sing too and is really really attention seeking and noisy, but for some reason he shows some female behaviours? For example he puts his butt up when he's woth my mother like a female would do! Can someone help me with this?


Submitted by tracey186 on Sun, 06/02/2019 - 20:16
My pair of cockatiels had a chick which the Male plucked quite nastily and I had to remove him to another cage . Luckily the female brought the chick up and it is fine. I swopped the chick and Male round when it was old enough . Now my pair of cockatiels have had 4 eggs and I want to know that if my Male starts plucking can I swop my Male for my first chick ? Or do I need another cage ? Or has anyone experienced this ? Is my Male likely to do it again ? He is great at sitting on the eggs . Thanks

Wondering what type of Lovebird mutation my boy is

Submitted by mspandanomnom on Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:13
I just recently bought my little Lovebird that was born March 7th 2018. He is a pretty forest green with a white face (I know he’s a “white face” peach face love bird) and really dark blue tail feathers with black tips to them. I’m just wondering what type of mutation he might be! Thanks for the info!


Submitted by chrise17 on Sun, 10/16/2016 - 16:16
A few weeks ago we had several mice in the house & all but one were quickly caught. The remaining mouse would scare my 2 budgies of a night,climb a step ladder close to the cage where seed was spilt etc. Although the mouse is now gone one of my 2 budgies is scared of bedtime. He whimpers when it gets dark,when eating and at bed time he panics and whimpers greatly. Only calms down when is sat with and spoken to but whimpering returns when we leave the room and we don't want to introduce any habits etc a night light is in use as he he now terrified of lights out. Any noise at night scares hi

Parrotlet Molting

Submitted by Parrotlets 4 u on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 17:11
I have a blue dilute Pacific Parrotlet named Blu. She is a little over 4 months old. How long does the molt last? I started seeing pinnies when she was three months, but she is still loosing feathers now. I'm not sure if the new feathers at three months was her real first molt or if it was a fake one. When is the earliest a molt can start? Thanks

Help needed to ID our bird.

Submitted by jbmcd48 on Wed, 08/17/2016 - 00:42
We received a bird from a neighbor who identified it only as a lorikeet. Later someone else told us it is an Australian grass parakeet. We've looked on every website we can find to ID this bird, no luck with any matches. Sure hope someone out there will be able to help us! :-)