Sometimes referred to as “pocket parrots,” pacific parrotlets are small birds with big personalities. Photographer Rupa Sutton captures the adorable daily moments of her 4 pet parrotlets (which she lovingly refers to as “The Floofs”) in an ongoing photo series. The charming images show how these cotton candy-colored birds are not only beautiful, but they’re also incredibly loving and intelligent.
“My flock can be completely crazy, which is absolutely normal for Parrotlets,” reveals Sutton. “They chase and fight with each other daily and there was definitely some shoving and pushing that went on at the bath. But when needed, they come together and take care of each other.” When one of Sutton’s birds called Rain sadly passed away, the others—called Sprig, Winter, and River—stuck together. “The daily squabbles were thrown out the door as they helped each other get through that very difficult time,” Sutton recalls. “It’s heartwarming to know that. Especially on days when they’re being little monsters.”
The bond between these adorable birds is truly evident in Sutton’s photographs and accompanying captions. Since the flock’s latest member Willow joined them, the four pastel-hued birds have been nearly inseparable and can often be seen cuddling-up in pairs. River and Winter are a “couple” and Sprig and Willow are another. Sutton reveals that both pairs have different relationships. “River and Winter are not as passionate as Sprig and Willow… but their bond is growing stronger each day,” she writes on Instagram. “It seems there are different kinds of love and relationships with birds as there are for us humans.”