Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Coloration of Blue & Yellow Parrotlets


I live in San Francisco and am looking for a Pacific blue parrotlet that is the bright aqua blue or bright canary yellow color.
Do you happen to have any available? If so, I would love to drive down and take a look!

Thanks much,


Dear Jessica:

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately, parrotlet mutations have not been around long enough for us to ‘perfect’ coloring on the birds. Blues can run the gauntlet from light blue to teal to aqua to dark blue or even gray or silvery blue. I always say its like blond hair in humans. Some people have honey blond, some are strawberry blond, some are platinum, etc. But they are all blond. Sex and age can also have an influence on color. A young bird that has not yet molted may be a very different color from what it molts out to as an adult. This the same with the ‘dilute’ or what used to be called yellow. The bird is not a true genetic yellow and therefore can be anything from a light lemon yellow to chartreuse greenish yellow. Also, females tend to have a more uniform and ‘true’ coloration than males. This is because of the natural coloring of normal male birds which are often various shades of color or even different colors such as gray. I am telling you this because I don’t want you to be disappointed or feel like you were taken advantage of but even looking at the parent birds cannot guarantee the color you want will be the color you get.

That being said, I always have a waiting list for birds and right now it is more than five months long. Even then I cannot guarantee when I will have birds available as I have received some news regarding my health that may affect my ability to breed birds. I can recommend a wonderful woman by the name of Marianne who has been breeding parrotlets for years and has a wonderful reputation. You can reach her at

Good luck and be sure and tell her that I gave you the referral!

Sincerely yours,

Sandee L. Molenda, C.A.S.
The Parrotlet Ranch, Owner,
Join the International Parrotlet Society, – the World’s Largest and Oldest Parrotlet Organization
A Chattering Bird Builds No Nest.
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