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Eclectus Parrot

Eclectus PairScientific name: Eclectus roratus 

Life span: 25-50 years

Country of origin: Solomon Islands, New Guinea, northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands (Moluccas).

Pet owner knowledge required: Beginner/Intermediate/Advance

Breeder knowledge required: Beginner/Intermediate/Advance

Description: Their significant sexual dimorphism (visual colouring difference between males and females) is very unusual for the parrot family, particularly as the females are more colourful than the males. Males are bright green, with bright yellow/orange beaks and blue or red tail and wing feathers.The average weight of the adult male Eclectus is 430 grams with a range of 388 to 524. Juvenile males have dark brown/black irises of the eye rather than the golden orange color of the adults. The upper mandible (beak) of a young male has a brown base and yellow tip. Female Eclectus have a red head with red/purple wings and red tail feathers. Tips of tail feathers can be orange/yellow in some sub-species. Their chest and shoulders are blue and they have black beaks. The adult female Eclectus is 452 grams with a range of 383 - 549 grams depending on the sub-species.

Eclectus Sub-species and Mutations: There are four commonly available Eclectus sub-species: the Solomon Island, Grand, Red-sided, and Vosmaeri Eclectus, but about 10 are recorded. There are very few mutations of the Eclectus and these are rare and expensive, including the blue mutation where the male is a bright blue and the hen is blue in the body with a white head. There is also an unusual mutation called a half-sided Eclectus where the the individual is half the colour of the female and half the colour of the male, called a chimera. 

Eclectus as aviary birds: The hen is the dominant bird of the pair.  As the hen becomes sexually mature, she may become aggressive and territorial towards humans during the breeding season. Eclectus will mate for life and will engage in mutual preening to show their bond. Eclectus  are generally good breeders although there are some breeders that will have trouble with their pairs and often have to remove chicks at a young age for handrearing. Young birds can be "paired up" at about 6 to 12 months of age. Pairing up birds that show an interest in each other usually results in adult pairs that have good reliable clutches of young. Eclectus prefer a large aviary and generally housed one pair per aviary. Recommended aviary size is about 3.5-4m (up to 6m) long by 1.2m wide. They can be bred in suspended aviaries. Non-toxic leafy branches can be placed in the aviary for the birds to chew up or used as perches (various diameters and angles). This will entertain the birds, help minimize boredom and give the birds some beak exercise.These natural perches may be chewed by the birds and will need to be replaced regularly. Sexual maturity starts from 2-3 years of age, but their best breeding years are from 4-5 years and onwards. Eclectus can breed all year round if the climate is suitable however it is recommended they are allowed to breed in the more favourable months, such as Spring and Autumn. Eclectus need large nest boxes/logs to breed in, approximately 60-90cm deep and about 30-35cm wide. The angle can be 45 degrees through to vertical. The type of box/log will often be prefered based on what the birds were raised in themselves. Once mated, the hen incubates a clutch of two eggs for 26-28 days. The first clutch of eggs may be infertile but subsequent clutches are usually fertile.Chicks will fledge the nest at about 10-12 weeks old but may take some time to be fully independant.  

Eclectus as Pets: Eclectus are remarkable birds and ideally suited as a pet. When taught properly, they are capable of cognitive behaviour from a very young age and have a very inquisitive nature. Eclectus require space and need the largest possible cage you can afford. Their wing span is quite big so horizontal length is very important compared with height. A macaw size cage is a great size for the Eclectus. Most Eclectus owners find it is essential to have a good play stand for their pet Eclectus. These birds are very energetic and like to keep themselves occupied. They need regular daily exercise and a wide variety of toys to play with and rotation of these to prevent boredom and nasty behaviours such as self mutilation. The Eclectus is not a needy bird but they do need variation and regular stimulation to keep a happy, healthy pet. Favourite toys include things like wood chew & preening toys (prevent over preening of self), foraging toys to hide nuts and favourite treats in or other toys like foot toys which can be kept in a birdsafe toy box. Eclectus are very intelligent birds and have a sociable nature requiring frequent physical & emotional contact from their owner. They can be excellent talkers, producing words or sentences very clearly. They can mimic a variety of sounds, particularly as they have a wide and most unusual range of sounds that they naturally make, including soft bell tones, coos, whistles, comic konks and squeals. Most are pleasant but they also have the ability to scream or screech when frightened, disturbed or overly excited.To maintain a healthy bird (physically and emotionally) they need a balanced diet, routine training & daily play. A good supply of toys & social interactions will prevent boredom & behaviours. Emotional interaction will keep the Eclectus stimulated & play will keep them busy. 

 

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