Animal Stories - Eclectus Parrot

Animal-World Information about: Eclectus Parrot

   Eclectus are real show stoppers with their beautiful, vibrant coloring!
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melissa - 2012-09-09
I have just purchased a 4-6 mth old rainbow lorikeet when do I start to train him

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-09
    You would start now.  Keep training session short - 10 - 15 minutes but you can do them 2 -3 times a day. 
Tambra Paredes - 2012-08-24
The bird with toe tapping and wing flapping I have heard to give them a hard boiled egg 3 times a week.

Robert - 2012-04-24
I am about to purchase a female eclectus I am told she is approx 13 months and appears to be a Vosmaeri, however she has no yellow in her tail feathers , would she be hybrid any help would be appreciated. as I am a beginner.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-25
    A Vosmaeri Eclectus at 13 months would have yellow in her tail. She would have already molted and have her adult coloring (which may even get more yellow by 3 years). However, she would definitely have the yellow coloring in her tail. She is not Vosmaeri. Question. Can you handle and hold this bird? Can you pick her up and have her sit on your finger? Can you move her from one place to another? Does she 'step up'? Can you pet her? If the answers to any of these questions are NO, then do not buy this bird. A female eclectus in the wild is a very agressive bird, fighting to the death if she has to in order to protect her nest. Many people have female eclectus that are just wonderful poets, but they are not a great first bird. They are independent, tempermental and their bite is just horrible. Body language is difficult to read. If you can pick her up, hold her, pet her - then fine - if you can't do not buy the bird. You would not buy a puppy or a kitten that you couldn't hold - same is true for a parrot.
Abi Leonard Al Omari - 2012-07-24
I am looking for parrot rescue organizations in Indiana. I have a female ecelectus and would love to get a male. I wouldn't mind having another female but I am worried that they would fight since females are so territorial in the wild.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-24
    Go to and type in Indianna Parrot sanctuaries and there are several.  A place to start and you ar right two females will not likely get along.  They have beenknown to fight to the death in the wild over a nesting spot.  Females can be quite agressive.  Males are easier going.
  • Michel - 2012-08-21
    My mom used to volunteer for a recsue and would adopt/find homes for cockatoos. We have one citron thats over 40 years old and was thrown away into a dumpster where someone found him. He picked and he started biting the flesh off his chest and left a huge wound. He's better now but still picks and has to wear a jacket when he gets really bad. They do extreme things when they're upset and it's hard or sometimes impossible for them to fully recover. It's irritating to see all these rude comments
Kylie - 2012-05-20
I have a 4 month old eclectus male. Every now and then he stretches one leg out straight behind his body and lifts corresponding wing. He then does the same to other leg. When he stretches his leg back he extends all his toes. Is this normal . He has a large cage and does this likely every hour...?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-20
    Yes, it is normal. You don't have him on doll rods - correct. Should be using a actual wood perch like fruitwood, cholla, sanded manzanita).
  • Abi Leonard Al Omari - 2012-07-24
    Remember that birds have relatation body language just like humans and dogs. Preening and streching is a sign your pet bird is happy and comfortable in you presence.
Alex - 2012-07-08
I have a 6 month old male eclectus that is super tame but was thinking of getting a baby female as well and put them in the same cage. I want to keep them as companion pets. Was wondering if putting them together would change the males friendly personality. If anyone could give us tips or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Would also like to hear if anyone has two eclectus parrots in the same cage as companion pets. Thanks..

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-08
    Two birds have a tendency to pair bond when in the same cage and essentially leave the human out.  Two birds that are the same species will develop a strong pair bond and normally no longer be companion birds.  The female eclectus is a very agressive and territorial bird that will protect her territory (in the wild) to the death if she has to.  The male is more submissive and easy going.  Having had them, I'd say the chances of you being able to put a female with your male and have human companions would be extremely unlikely once they achieve sexual maturity.  Breeeders will frequently put two males in a cage with one female as she will even become agressive with them.  If you would like them as aviary birds, to enjoy their beautiful color and possibly have babies - then get a female but otherwise I would not advise it. 
  • Alex - 2012-07-08
    Thanks for your reply.. What would be your opinion of having them in separate cages but they can spend a couple of hours a day on a play stand together. Also would it be ok if separate cages were in the same room. Thanks again!!!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-08
    In the wild the female sits in front of the nesting area up to 11 months out of the year.  Various males will feed her (as well as feeding other females) in hopes of being the mate.  If another female tries to move into her territory, they will fight - fight to the death on occasion.  They will breed as early as 3 years of age.  The female is just not going to paly.  The males will and many make excellent pets.  Sometimes the females will but that is not the norm.  In any case you will have a female extremely protective and territorial of that male.  Again, they are beautiful and there are many cages that are beautiful and the male/female eclectus make excellent aviary pets - you just may not be able to really pet them.  They (as a pair) might just be for being beautiful and to have babies.  To every rule, there is always an exception. 
Keiko and Chloe's mom - 2006-05-17
I am the proud Mom of an Eclectus pair. Keiko, 3 yrs and Chloe, 2 yrs. I have a background with exotic birds and I brought them both home just as their feathers were beginning to show. Hand feeding was a joy and Keiko truly thinks I'm his Mom. He is amazingly friendly, talks up a storm, is too lazy to fly, lives on my shoulder whenever possible and plays "dead bird". He loves to meet new people and has never even attempted to bite anyone. He is jealous when I give attention to Chloe and he tries to get between us so he can give me a kiss. He's a great traveler and loves to take a shower. Chloe is a little more timid when it comes to strangers but she absolutely loves Mom. She took longer to warm up, but taking their cages from the living room and giving them their own room, definitely made the difference in Chloe's social temperment. She is eager to come out of her cage now and will stay with whoever is currently spoiling her, until they put her back or pass her on to someone else. She says "hello" very clearly and jibber jabbers constantly. She jumps on my shoulder whenever I walk by her and also loves her shower. She and Keiko fight for the best position on the shower perch. She sets her own bedtime. Around 8PM every night, she flies off the couch, my shoulder or where ever she is and walks to her room. We follow behind and pick her up to put her in her cage. We never hear a peep out of her after that. Keiko, on the other hand, has to be sent to bed. He would live on my shoulder if I let him. Thank goodness he has NEVER used me as a potty. He will leave me, go to Dad to do his business, and then return to me. Chloe, on the other hand, could care less where she goes, so I'm constantly cleaning up behind her. We keep a fresh towel on the back of the couch and another on the floor behind. That takes care of most of the mess.
The two are considering starting a family and we're anxiously awaiting the first arrivals.

LeAnn Spychalla - 2012-01-24
I have about a 7 to 8 yr old beautiful male, he's so quiet compared to other birds I have and I love it HOWEVER my concern is this, he's getting a dull oily look to his feathers. It goes away after a bathtime for a day or two but then right back. I was wondering could he be starting his firt molt? I noticed it about a month ago..I haven't seen any new feathers coming in and I know he hasn't molted as of yet

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    If you have a 7 - 8 YEAR old eclectus, he has molted although depending on where you live, it may not have been obvious. ie Arizonia or some such place. The Eclectus will molt, usually somewhat gradually in late summer where there is 100 % exchange of old feathers for new. You see large feathers on the ground but frequently just one at a time and new feathers coming in with sorta a white wax around the new feather. They just love being preened this time of the year. They go through another molt in real early spring and you see this white down (regardless of the color of the parrot) in the cage or on the floor. It is similar to a cat/dog shedding its winter undercoat. The white down feathers are so light they just blow around. So whether real visible or not, your fella has gone through some molts. Again, I do not know where you live but my birds now are shedding their undercoat and they look a little oily. I spritz them with an Aloe spritz. My birds are also big nut eaters and that has a tendency to create oil. Think about what you are feeding him but it is probably just the normal early spring getting rid of the under coat and him over preeening to get rid of excess down.
Yvette - 2010-05-26
I have a baby Eclectus last week (female), I want to know the age of the baby. She doesn't have the baby fluff anymore I'm still giving her the baby food during the day but she doesn't eat much, however she would eat seeds after the baby food. Should I keep feeding her or should I stick to the seeds?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    I don't know how old she is but if she is taking the baby food (do you mean bird formula?), I would continue to give it to her. You can cut back to let's try 30CC around 1 pm or when you get home from work and then 45 or so before bedtime. If she takes it - she does - if not then OK. I just don't like to take the chance my children are hungry. Eclectus can be difficult to feed and they can go through stages. You can also try feeding her acxtual baby food (apricots or applesauce) or adding it to the formula. That formula doesn't taste great. Then you cut out the afternnon feeding and slowly cut back the evening (before bed) feeding. Let her have the seed, cracked walnuts work good, almonds (Vitamin A) veggies. They usually like millet as well. Because she doesn't eat MUCH doesn't mean she won't eat it if hungry. I like to feed them till they really do not want it.
  • manuela rutledge - 2012-01-23
    If she does not eat it anymore don't force it. Start giving her fresh fruit and veggies and some almonds here and there .
Mar-Louise - 2012-01-15
Hi. I have a 9 month old eclectus male, who is just adorable. His eating is good,he has alot of toys and he gets alot of attention. Until the age off about 6 months he was feeding on seeds and dry fruits alone. Then I read that they love fresh fruit and vegtables. I immediatly introdused him to that and he love his food. I dont know what could be the problem but he still has alot of baby feathers, i have come across alot of other young eclectus parrots which feathers are all grown out already. Am i doing something wrong? Does he need something? Is there something that I can do for him? Please help me.

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