Eclectus Parrot

Growth Size

Eclectus Parrots grow to a length of about 35cm, and can weigh up to 550g. Adults have a wingspan of around 50cm.

Lifespan

60 – 70 years.

Temperament

Eclectus Parrots are extremely intelligent and inquisitive. They are also adaptable and will become used to daily routines. Considered among the best Parrots for talking ability, these birds can learn an extensive vocabulary.

Training Difficulty

Extremely easy to train. Males are slightly more food motivated and eager to learn than females.

Recommended Owners

These incredibly intelligent birds require owners that are able to spend plenty of time with them. Without this attention, the Eclectus Parrot is susceptible to feeling neglected and becoming depressed, which can result in undesireable behaviour.

Origin

Eclectus Parrots and their subspecies are native to Queensland, the Cape York Peninsula, the Torres Strait islands, Indonesia, and New Guinea. These birds were first discovered in the 1700s. It was originally thought due to the different colouring between males and females, that they were different species.

Diet

These Parrots have a different digestive tract to most other species, and as a result require a diet high in fibre. Fresh fruit, and vegetables should make up the bulk of an Eclectus diet. They are not seed eating birds, like other Parrots.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

These birds enjoy a good bath. Once a day, if possible, but at least 3 to 4 times a week. Bathing should be done in the morning, so the Parrot has the rest of the day to dry off properly.

Comments

Eclectus Parrots are 'sexually dimorphic', which means that you can tell a male and female apart due to their looks. The male is a bright green, with red beaks, and some red and blue markings under the wings. The female is scarlet in colour with violet on their chests, and black beaks.