What we've learned
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Taking care of Eclectus Parrots as pet birds
Eclectus Parrots can be taught to speak some words, but
talking is not their strong point. They are not good
at learning tricks nor at cuddling.
They can be loud, especially at dawn and dusk. They
can be kept as a single pet.
Facts on Pet Eclectus Parrots
Eclectus Parrots live from 40 to 50 years
They are about 14" tall
Eclectus Parrots come from Australia, New Guinea
and the South Pacific.
Female parrots have red and purple feathers with black beaks
and males are green with orange beaks. Usually the female
of the species is more aggressive than males.
The female may become quite moody during breeding season
after they have been mature at about 4 years of age.
Minimum cage size is 32"W x 32"L x 48"H
Keep cages away from drafts, open windows and the kitchen.
Eclectus Parrots are sensitive to smoke and strong odors. Cover the
cage at night to prevent drafts.
Have perches of different widths, diameters and textures
to help keep a Eclectus Parrot's feet healthy.
What to Feed Eclectus Parrots
Feed an Eclectus Parrot 3-4 tablespoons per day of a pellet or seed-based,
fortified parrot diet.
About 5-10% of an Eclectus parrot's diet should be bite-sized fruits and
veggies like oranges, melon, apples, sweet potatoes, broccoli,
spinach, mustard greens and shredded carrots. Offer daily.
Be sure to provide a mineral block in your parrot's cage at all
Keep a mineral block in the cage at all times.
Eclectus Parrots should always have access to clean, fresh water.
Don't use tap water. We recommend Steam Distilled water
for it's purity.
Eclectus Parrots have different vitamin A requirements
than other parrots.
Signs a Pet Eclectus Parrot is Healthy
Clear, bright eyes
Clean, smooth feathers
Eats throughout the day
Normal droppings that are not runny for more than a couple of days
Signs a Eclectus Parrot may be getting sick
Change in droppings in excess of two days
Decreased appetite; weight loss
Decreased activity and grooming behavior
Discharge from nose or mouth; sneezing
Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time
Sitting at the bottom of cage
Wheezing or coughing
Picture Eclectus Parrots: Female on the left, male on the right
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