You think about having parrots in your life. You want something colorful, but not large. The parrot could talk; but you can't have a noisy bird because you have a common wall with neighbors. There's no room for a large cage. You want two birds to keep each other company and not demand all your attention. Best then to consider acquiring either lovebirds or parrotlets, two of the smaller species of parrots.
The phrase used to describe parrotlets is: large personalities in small bodies. Parrotlets know what they want. There are seven species of parrotlets in the Forpus genus, but only three are bred as pets: the green-rumped parrotlet (Forpus passerinus), the spectacled parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus) and the pacific parrotlet (Forpus coelestis). Their beaks are bone-colored and small. Uniformly green, yellow or blue in the wild, breeding for color mutations yields multiple shades of parrotlets. Males differ from females with blue edging on the wings or blue streaks near the eyes.
Parrotlets as Pets
Indigenous to Mexico, Central and South America, parrolets have been bred in the U.S. for more than 20 years; none come from the wild. Around 5 inches tall, parrotlets weigh about 1 ounce. These birds are quieter than larger parrots; can learn words, but are not prolific talkers. Several parrotlets happily co-exist in one cage. However, if you want to interact with your bird, buy one parrotlet and handle it often.
Nine species of lovebirds comprise the Agapornis family; eight are native to Africa, one resides in Madagascar. Three lovebird species are bred in the U.S. as pets: peach-faced (Agapornis roseicollis), the masked (Agapornis personata) and Fischer's (Agapornis fischeri). Lovebird beaks begin wide and narrow to a long point; beak color is bone or orange. These birds are 5 to 6 inches in length; males and females look alike. Masked and Fischer's lovebirds have a white eye ring; peachfaced lovebirds do not.
Lovebirds as Pets
Lovebirds get this moniker because they like to pair and cuddle. Paired lovebirds tend not to interact with humans; but an unpaired bird needs lots of social interaction. Due to breeding for color mutations, lovebirds come in a wide array of hues. Their heads are a different color than the body. These birds will chatter and sing, but not talk; and tend to become animated at dawn and dusk. Lovebirds are heavier than parrotlets, weighing from 1 to 2 ounces.