Does My Parrotlet Need a Full Spectrum Light Source?

Does My Parrotlet Need a Full Spectrum Light Source?

Last Updated on by Mitch Rezman

Chris S. reached out to ask,

Does a parrotlet need a full spectrum light source?

And if so does it need it all year round if living in eastern PA?

Dear Chris

Unless you are living along the equator, no, natural lighting is not going to replicate what tropical birds need to keep their hormones level.

If your parrotlet is acting hormonally: Masturbating, laying eggs, broody behavior, biting, aggressive behavior then a simple light set up above the bird’s cage will help for so little effort.

This simple setup will help.

Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb with Clamp Light & Timer

Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb with Clamp Light & Timer

Thanks for your info!

She has not been exhibiting any of the above-mentioned actions but was concerned about her overall health and how the full-spectrum lighting would be a benefit.

We have had her for approximately 3 yrs now and adopted her when she was about 7months.

She’s is a very happy and sociable little parrotlet whom we love dearly.

I follow your website and have learned a lot of useful information.


Why Do Pet Bird Keepers Get The Lighting Thing Wrong?

Dear Chris

Glad we could help ease your mind.
If all is good, no need to fix what is working.

Just watch her behavior.

If the birdcage is in a shaded area she could, at some point start looking for a place to raise a family.

She needs no huts. It may look cute for her to have one, but it will cause broody behavior over time.

2 of Windy City Parrot Cages Lit Up and How We Got There ~ Video

Brighter lighting over a cage or play area can encourage more playtime there.


How we light Barney, our cockatiel’s playtop birdcage – on its own timer

If you find she ignores play areas you have for her, it could be too dim.

Just keep an eye on behavior and adjust accordingly.



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