Eclectus Baby Parrot
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The Eclectus parrot
Sexually dimorphic with roughly ten sub-species which all stem from the dominant race of the “grand Eclectus”. They can be found in many locations around the world such as New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Cape York Peninsula and Australia. For these birds, intelligence is the key. In Australia Red sided Eclectus are the most common followed by the Vosmaeri Eclectus, sadly a lot of people are being sold birds online from websites etc believing they have purchased a different sub species such as Grand Eclectus or Vosmaeri but they are actually red sided Eclectus.. These birds are very difficult to tell apart with an un trained eye, I have not found any difference between temperament with the different species.
In the wild they are arboreal rainforest birds living in small family groups spending the majority of there time in the tree tops.
Eclectus parrots as pets are beautiful to look at as well as being an active member of the family! They live for around 45 years and are reasonably easy to breed. They are very good talkers and will always surprise you with how fluent their words are pronounce
As with any bird, there is no such thing as a cage too big! It is recommended that you house your bird in the largest cage you can afford; this will benefit the wellbeing of your bird.
Make sure you decorate their cage with toys that they can chew, swing and play on. This will not only make your bird much happier but it will greatly decrease the chances of your bird developing bad habits like feather plucking or excessive squawking.
Diet For Hand Raised Eclectus Parrot’s
In the wild eclectus parrots are omnivorouse eating both fruit, vegetables and meat. This is why most pet birds relish meat when it is offered to them.
Hand Raised Eclectus parrots should be fed a healthy diet which includes fruit, vegetables, seed, minerals, calcium, figs and even some types of flowers! With a healthy diet, your Eclectus parrot will become very robust. Vitamin and mineral supplements should be given regularly. Do not feet your Eccy parrot grit.
Have separate bowls for your seed and pellet’s is much more cost effective. For adult Eclectus Do not replace seed or pellet’s until they are both finished. Many people will replace the seed befor the pellet’s are finished, given the choice they will always.
For Baby Eclectus you want an all you can eat buffet with seed, pellet’s Fruit and vegetables also tropimix is especially good for baby Eclectus in conjunction with this basis diet. PS. mixing frozen peas and corn with your fruit is especially relished by young birds.
Seed – Always feed your Eclectus a good quality seed mix. Be wary of many supermarket seed mixes as they can be of poor quality. If you are unsure of the seed mix you are using ask your local bird expert. I have always fed my Eclectus small parrot mix but some people will feed them budgie mix, we also have a very popular Birdsville mix in store with no sun flower seed.
Adult Eclectus seed we recommend feeding small parrot mix as it has less sun flower seed
Baby Eclectus seed we recommend parrot mix or small parrot mix as it has more sunflower seed this high fat diet should be changed before your eclectus is 6 months old.
Soaked seed – for information on preparing soaked seed visit Eclectus Parrot, soaked seed is great for all parrot’s of all ages and especially young birds as its easy for them to consume and releases more nutrition.
Fruits and veg– You can never give your Eclectus too much fruit and veg, Rock melon, Honey due, Corn, Apple, Sweet potato, Carrot, pomme grannit, pears, banana, leafy greens, broccoli, capsicum, zucchini, spinach, broccoli, cucumber, green beans, chilli, and stone fruit to name a few.
Frozen peas and corn may be added to there fruit and veges
Pellets well suited for eclectus are Kaytee Pellets, tropimix, roudy bush and Paradise vetafarm pellets.
Fresh water must be available at all times.
Do not feed your Eclectus Avocado, Lettuce, cocoa or anything containing cocoa or shell grit.
Warning– Do not feed your bird avocardo lettuce, chocolate Eclectus Baby Parrot