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- spacious accommodation (ideally also an outdoor flight),
- a playground or two outside the cage (in areas where humans usually hang out)
- lots of chewing toys (wood toys, leather strips and shredding toys are usually Eclectus favorites); and
- plenty of out-of-cage activities to prevent boredom and depression.Eclectus Parrot
If their needs are not met, these intelligent creatures can develop serious behavioral problems.
Eclectus parrots are among the top three “talking” parrots. They rival the talented African Grey and Amazon parrots in terms of clarity of speech and vocabulary. Some even learned entire songs. Eclectuses usually have sweet, female or childlike voices. Even though the talent varies, most Eclectus do learn at least a few words.
The eclectus is a very friendly and intelligent bird species described as gentle, tranquil, and caring. Eclectus parrots are also affectionate. Most thrive best when socialization is part of their daily routine.1 They cherish the time they spend interacting with their families. They are also sensitive and can quickly become stressed if they feel neglected.
This bird will learn the routine and what to expect in your household. They enjoy the comings and goings, as well as being a part of it.
Around 18 months of age, the birds begin to reach sexual maturity. Sometimes this brings with it some aggression or the instinct to “feed” whatever is nearby. You may notice some naughty nipping behavior. This period is called bluffing, and it is best to ignore it and turn to distraction techniques instead of reinforcing it. With time, they pass through the phase and learn what’s acceptable.
While both the males and females of the species make lovely pets, many owners claim that males tend to be a bit more trainable and agreeable. On the flip side, females may be less dependent on their owners and tend to handle stress better. Females may also be bossier and more aggressive than a male, particularly during breeding. Even in captivity, a female’s nesting instincts remain strong. You might find her trying to nest in secluded areas of your home.
Speech and Vocalizations
Eclectus parrots join Amazons and African greys as being one of the best species for training to speak. They are quick to learn almost anything you want to teach them. Many people find them to be on the quieter side when compared to other parrots. They have a distinctive honk and other vocalizations that can be amusing the first few times, but loud and startling.
Eclectus Parrot Colors and Markings
Eclectus are known as sexually dimorphic, meaning that you can tell the sex of the bird by its physical characteristics. Male eclectus birds are a brilliant emerald green color with bright orange beaks and splashes of red and blue under their wings. By contrast, the females are mostly bright red with black beaks and deep purple markings on their chests and tails. Before the early 20th century, since the male and female birds looked so different, they were thought to be entirely two different species.
Instead of distinct lines found on many bird’s feathers, eclectus feathers seem to blend. Their coloring makes for brilliant camouflage in their native habitat; you can often hear them before you can see them.