The Eclectus was one of the most unusual parrots we raised. These are calm and peaceful birds that are quickly gaining popularity among pet owners. However, since they are not the simplest birds to raise, they are in short supply and so cost well over $1000.
Eclectus parrots are quite distinct because they are sexually dimorphic, which means there is a significant difference between male and female, making it incredibly simple to distinguish them. Male Eclectus are green, whilst females are red and blue.
Scientists determined in the late 1880′s that the green Eclectus were males and the red Eclectus were females, and that this extended to all Eclectus species. This made sexing the chicks easier for breeders since there was no question as to what sex the baby was based on the colour of the pin feathers, hence there was a cost savings on DNA testing on all the chicks.
The Eclectus has 16 known species, although only four are widely accessible in the United States and Europe. Solomin Island, Red Sided, Vosmaeri, and Grand are the names of these islands. The Eclectus is a small to medium-sized parrot. Solomon Island’s are the tiniest, at 12″-13″ in length. Red-Sided Eclectus are the largest, measuring 16″-17″.
Eclectus are a kind of bird endemic to New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Australia. They are excellent flyers in the wild, spending most of their time soaring above the forest canopy.
They are quite friendly and lively as pets. They are typically quite silent, despite their tremendous yell. They are superb talkers, ranking among the top three parrots. Males, in our experience, have always been the finest talkers, as well as the most affable and gregarious of the sexes.
They are rather tough to breed. Breeders that begin as pets have the greatest difficulty learning to parent and are the most difficult to reproduce. Wild Eclectus parrots seem to fare better.
The female will usually lay two eggs, and she will be the sole one to incubate them, coming out of the breeder box twice a day to be fed by the male. She will come out and feed herself when the chicks are a little older. By the age of 16 weeks, the chicks have been weaned.
Eclectus parrots do not need a huge cage in captivity since they do not fly much. When given big cages, many breeders merely move about or remain on their perches. The female spends the most of her time in her breeding cage. They prefer spending time in their cages or on T-stands as pets. They adore being caressed and hugged but seldom engage in active play with their owners.
As a result, they will fit perfectly in a 30x24x50 medium-sized parrot case. They are voracious chewers who will swiftly demolish their perches. Make sure they have enough of wood toys to gnaw on, or get some decent Manzanita perches. These are very hard, thick woods that are tough for birds to consume.
Eclectus have some odd nutritional requirements. Because of their lengthier digestive system, they need a low-fat diet (adults only). They are especially prone to vitamin deficiency, particularly in A, E, and D. Too much cholesterol can swiftly lead to liver problems and a slew of other blood-related complications.
As a result, kids must have a well-balanced diet. It is critical for Eclectus owners to grasp these health concerns and recognise warning signals of impending difficulties. The most effective technique is to have your bird examined yearly by an expert avian veterinarian who will do a CBC blood test. Otherwise, you must learn to spot feather issues, particularly darkening and blackening of the feather tips. In addition, keep an eye out for indicators of weariness and illnesses caused by immune system issues.
There are various specific pellet meals for Eclectus parrots on the market that have a very low oil and fat content. We mated them using just a conventional pellet (such as Zupreem or Kaytee) and kept track of their other food consumption. They must be provided additional vitamins A and E-rich vegetables. Some study has revealed that they do not manage vitamin blends, but I am not persuaded enough to forsake them. We’ve taken in Eclectus birds with evident shortages, and the vitamins restored them perfectly.
The Eclectus is a good option for a huge parrot as a pet. They are clever and are known to just sit quietly and monitor what is going on around them. They are amiable and loving, excellent communicators, and will often remain in their cage or stand. If you want to obtain one as a pet, it is advised that you choose a male over a female since they are more docile and acclimatise to their new homes much faster.
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