The elegant Eclectus parrot is best known for its beautiful color. Unlike other parrots, the Eclectus is sexually dimorphic, meaning there is a systematic difference in form (color) between individuals of different sex in the same species.
The male Eclectus is bright green with blue on the wings and tail, the female is bright red with blue markings on the breast. There are ten subspecies of Eclectus ranging in different sizes. They have a lifespan between 30 to 50 years when cared for properly.
In Parrots of the World, Forshaw recognizes these 10 subspecies. These are the Grand, Vosmaer's, Solomon Islands, Westerman's,Cornelia's Riedel's or Tanimbar, Red-sided, Biaki, Aruensis, and the Macgillivray's or Australian.
The Eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus) originates from the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands (Moluccas).
Eclectus parrots have a much longer digestive tract than other parrots, therefore Eclectus parrots have a higher requirement for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy soft foods that contain a high fiber content.
An ideal diet would consist of fresh watermelon, pomegranate, cantaloupe, mango, pears,banana's, kiwi, boiled eggs, hot peppers, corn on the cob, and other nutritious soft foods.
Replenishing clean drinking water daily or any time water has been contaminated is a necessary step to maintaining a healthy parrot. Eclectus are often deficient in vitamin A, cooking a fresh sweet potato is packed with vitamins! Check out the fresh foods you should be feeding your parrot on our fresh food list.
Eclectus parrots that have found an acceptable, bonding mate will generally start nesting between 2 and 5 years of age, depending on the subspecies. Eclectus will breed all year long laying on average, two eggs, sometimes three. Incubation is for 28 days.
As with all breeder pairs, Eclectus should be given rest periods throughout the breeding year to maintain a healthy life and lower the risk of problems with excessive breeding. Hatchlings will be small and it is best to leave them with their parents for 2 to 3 weeks. This will give them the best boost for a healthy life before human handlers remove them from the nest for handfeeding.
It is recommended to consult your avian veterinarian about which type of handfeeding formula to feed this species. Chicks are sometimes difficult to feed and should be handfed only by those fully educated and experienced. Chicks will be ready to wean at approximately four to five months of age.
Eclectus parrots are sweet and gentle in nature and will eagerly adjust to a loving home. They prefer a calm environment with a suitable cage for hanging two to four safe parrot toys. We highly recommend purchasing an acrylic cage for your bird to be housed in.
Eclectus parrots are extremly intelligent and will thrive well if given a balanced amount of playtime outside of their cage daily. They require several toys throughout the day to satisfy their need to learn and chew.
Eclectus are capable of speaking many words and using them in a very cognitive way. They have precious, little girl voices that will melt your heart. For those looking for an extraordinary unique companion parrot, the Eclectus may be for you.