(Macgillivray, Solomon Island, Red-sided,
Vosmaeri, Aruensis, Biaki, Cornelia's, Riedeli's, Westermani)
||Outgoing, even-tempered with
The Eclectus Parrot originates in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia,
Australia, and the surrounding islands. Eclectus are very good flyers and
are seen flying high above the forest canopy, they keep mostly to the
treetops. They nest in tree cavities high in the forest trees.
are eight sub species of Eclectus, each varying in colour and size.
speaking the male Eclectus Parrot is a emerald green with red under his
wings. He has blue flight feathers and a orange/yellow beak with a black
lower mandible. The female Eclectus Parrot is mostly burgundy with red on
the head and neck with a all black beak. The Solomon Island & Red Sided female Eclectus have
a blue eye ring and a red breast bib with blue flight feathers. Eclectus are between 33 cm - 40 cm long with a wing
length between 230 mm - 300 mm depending on the sub-species.
have been noted to freeze (stand still) when confronted with a unfamiliar
situation or strangers. In a familiar surrounding with people they
know they are intelligent, curious, playful, and quite
Both the male and the
female have equal speaking ability and both can become good mimics as well as
learn to communicate cognitively. Many believe that the Eclectus Parrot
has the same speaking ability as the African Grey or the Double Yellow Headed
Amazon. The Eclectus have a high screech which is not often used as well
as a variety of flute-like sounds. They also chortle.
speaking the smaller sub-specie; the Solomon Island Eclectus is a thought
to be a gentler
bird than the Australian Eclectus who is much larger and more domineering.
The male and female make equally good pets. The Eclectus parrot forms a
strong social bond with the whole family. They are devoted to their social
group - not just an individual. (Unless only one person spends time with
Eclectus parrot explores and learns with their beak, occasional nips are part of
the parcel, but you should gently discourage them. We say that Eclectus
lead with their beak. Before they step up onto your hand they will check
with their beak if it is a safe place to step onto. They are not reaching
out to bite, they are merely checking if it is secure enough to step on. Don't
be afraid. Let them check it out. Don't pull back. Once they
see it is safe they will step up.
Eclectus enjoy flying and often scream while they fly around getting
rid of all that extra energy.
For the Eclectus to be happy it needs:
|a loving family. They don't do well in a stressful
|a good nutritional diet|
|a clean cage |
|regular baths or showers|
|time spent out of the cage every day|
|time spent with its people every day|
|sunlight or the UV lights that are for
|playtime that includes a good variety of toys|
|a fixed daily routine that includes 10 - 12 hours of sleep
|Remove all TeflonTM products in your
home or use them only in a well ventilated area away from your bird(s). When
overheated, Teflon, which really includes all non-stick
surfaced products, gives off an
odourless toxic gas that will kill
your bird. |
The Eclectus Parrot requires a daily diet that is abundant in
fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, sprouts, and fresh greens. For more
information on their diet go here.
The Eclectus Parrot requires space. It should be able to
stretch its wings in it's cage. They enjoy climbing, swinging and
hanging upside down.
The cage should placed where the parrot has a clear view of the household
activities, but not in a main traffic area. If you have evening company that
consider a sleeping cage for your new bird. Ecelctus babies need 12 hours
of sleep each night. The baby will complain if it is trying to sleep and
you are visiting. It is better to have another cage in a private room
where your baby ekkie can go to sleep. We use newspaper for the bottom of
our cages. Get as large a cage as you can afford and have
space for within reason, we recommend:
|Approximately 2 feet deep by 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall or larger.|
|1-inch to 1 3/16 inch bar spacing.|
|At least three non-dumpable food dishes. Preferably stainless steel.|
|Natural wood perches, such as manzanita or ribbon wood.|
|Powder coating or stainless steel.|
Eclectus are sweet birds that respond well to kisses on the beak
accompanied by soft, affectionate vocalizations. Talk softly and give
physical affection, but do not force it on the baby bird. Your baby bird
may like to be petted on it's back, but it is rare that a Eclectus
likes its head scratched or even touched.
Training is a very
important part of having a happy pet. Eclectus are
intelligent and need to learn appropriate behaviour. We recommend reading Barbara Heidenreich's book, 'Good
more information on Eclectus Parrots click
& Gwen Toews
of Solomon Island Eclectus
GE: Grand Eclectus
RSE or RS: Red Sided Eclectus
SIE or SI: Solomon Island Eclectus
VE or VOS: Vosmaeri's Eclectus
Breeders of Eclectus Parrots in Canada
Out of the Blue
Vancouver Island, BC
Mike & Gwen Toews
SoIomon Island Eclectus.
Our birds are DNA disease tested.
LEG BAND CODE: TPP
Member of AACC, PAC, PIJAC, & Parrot Club of
LLP Course Graduate