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Eclectus Parrot

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Pet Status:
Noise Level:
Native to:
Australia, the islands of Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, and New Guinea
2 - 3 Yrs.
50 Yrs.

Eclectus comes from the word eclectic because of the coloration of the male and female. The females are mostly red with a black beak and males mostly green with a candy corn beak. Until the mid 1960's it was thought the male and female Eclectus Parrots were two different species of parrot.

Eclectus require a great deal of room, and therefore need the largest possible cage you can afford. Their wing span can be quite big so a cage horizontal in size is also important. A macaw size cage is a preferable size for the Eclectus however you can go slightly smaller. A play stand can be optional but most Eclectus caregivers find it is a must have for them.

Eclectus are very energetic and like to keep themselves busy. They need daily exercise and plenty of toys. The Eclectus is not a needy bird however they do need a large variety of toys, games and things to do to relieve boredom. Among your Eclectus favorite toys you should also consider things like wood chew and preening toys,  foraging toys, interactive toys and a toy box as most thoroughly enjoy rummaging through one.

Eclectus Parrots are highly intelligent and have a strong social nature. Because of this they require high physical and emotional security from their owner as well as a balanced diet, routines and daily play. A good supply of toys and social interactions will prevent boredom and behaviors. Emotional interaction will keep the Eclectus stimulated and play will keep them busy.

The Eclectus is a very independent bird if given the opportunity.  If they are raised to be independent and are given plenty of things to keep themselves occupied with they will happily play on their own for hours at a time.

DIET: Diet consists of a pelleted blend, veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds as treats. A small amount of white meat, such as chicken is occasionally welcomed as well, as is completely cooked egg.