We were "babysitting" Patter, my mother-in-law's parrotlet, while she had surgery. Quite unexpectedly she did not survive. All we knew was to give Patter fresh water everyday and give her seed mix. It was supposed to be a 5 day stay...I didn't know what kind of bird she was, I didn't even know she was supposed to get out of the cage, until my greiving 9 year old said,"what will happen to Patters, she can't stay in her cage the rest of her life." I found out she was a parrotlet and did a web search. After going to many pages, I found you. I have read numerous posts and have learned so much in the past two hours. What a wealth of information. A visiting relative did show us how to get her out of the cage. She will step onto your finger, sit on your finger or lap. We found a ? playground at Grandma's appartment and she hopped around on that. She has tons of toys in her cage. She does bite. We have not heard her talk. I had no idea a bird could be so intelligent ! I imagine she is missing her mom and after being kept in her cage for nearly two weeks.....she is probably all confused. Tonight after reading some posts, I talked to her and tried to play a game, where I called her name and then would turn my head upside down, saying oops. And she played with me, imitating me by turning her head upside down and looking at me. I think we need a good book...though I sure have learned alot here. Thanks! I feel like we had a baby dropped at our doorstep!