Does the blue extend through the eye as a stripe? If so, this is an
indication that this is likely a male. Most of the parrotlets are ***ly
dimorphic, although the differences are relatively small.
Parrotlets are somewhat prone to feather plucking in my (very limited)
experience, and our male plucked whereas the female didn't.
He may well appreciate the addition of a mate, but you may lose the pet
quality of the bird once he has a mate. (They tend to bond to their mate,
and lose the human-bond that may be present), and parrotlets pack a BUNCH of
attitude in a very small bird. Our*** would routinely whip the M2 when
presented with the opportunity. He'd also run across the room for the
chance to bite my toes if he saw me barefoot (he loved my wife, and
absolutely HATED me).
They are super little birds, and behave more like 6 ft. tall amazon parrots,
IMO. I don't know how they pack so much attitude and personality in such a
Unfortunately, feather plucking and some other health problems seem to be
fairly common in the breed. Whether this is due to inbreeding or is simply
a facet of the species, I couldn't say.
11. Breed ID Needed