Eclectus Care!

Eclectus Parrots originate from the Solomon islands, SumbaNew Guinea and nearby islands, northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands. They make excellent pets.

The males are green and the females are red. There are a few different subspecies of Eclectus differing in size and have colour changes.

Eclectus have a loud screech therefore behavioral training is important to reduce behavioral problems.

Diet:

being from the tropics it is believed that these species need a lot of fruit. In the wild they travel +/- 4km a day, which makes them burn off the extra calories associated with a high fruit diet. In captivity they are limited to a smaller space meaning they often do not exercise as much. They also have less variety of fruit available than they would in the wild. This means that a very high fruit diet is often inappropriate for most Eclectus parrots in captivity.

We generally recommend the following diet:

  • 40-70% premium commercial parrot pelleted diet, like our Nature’s Nest Avian Complete.
  • 20-35% vegetables (recommended vegetables include: capsicum, broccoli, chili, corn, carrot, zucchini, squash, spinach, pumpkin, sweet potato, beans and peas) and seed.
  • 7-30% fruits (i.e. melons, strawberries, banana, blue berries, grapes, peaches, pear, apple). Please ensure that all stone fruits and apples are free of their seeds.
  • 1-2% snacks for training and as treats (unsalted nuts (i.e. macadamia, cashew and walnut), pasta, eggs and brown rice.)

*These ranges are guidelines, each bird will require slightly different dietary requirements – please contact us for more information on what to feed your bird.

Housing:

  • Cage – We advise a good quality powder coated or stainless steel cage of an appropriate size. Some painted cages can contain lead elements, which can be toxic to your bird so please take care when selecting your cage. Cages that have been galvanized with a zinc coating can also cause problems so please select carefully.
  • Bowls – stainless steel or ceramic bowls, these materials are not porous therefore cannot harvest bacteria if cleaned properly. Plastic bowls can become porous after a while and can cause problems if bacteria build up in these areas.
  • Perches – perches of various sizes are important for exercise of the toes and feet health. Natural perches from native trees are ideal as they generally vary in size anyway. We generally advise against calcium perches as they can dry out the bottom of the feet and can easily harvest bacteria due to the porous nature of the material. We generally advise against sand paper covered perches as they can harm the skin on the feet due to their abrasive surfaces.
  • Toys – please do not provide string or rope toys, they fray over time and can cause obstruction if swallowed.
  • If you are feeding a balanced diet then cuttlefish and other supplements are not needed.
  • Environmental enrichment is recommended. Paper roll and toilet rolls make great toys; they can be used to hide food in, by placing treats in the middle and placing newspaper or shredded paper on each side. This can provide hours of entertainment for many birds.
  • Daylight – It is important that your bird gets enough sleep as long-day light exposure can stimulate excessive molting and increased reproductive activity. We recommend you keep to the natural day length. If your bird is kept inside in a well-lit area then you can cover the cage when the sun goes down and place them in a dark room to ensure that their day length is not too long.
  • Cage mates – a slow introduction is very important

Common diseases:

  • One of the most common diseases that we see in Eclectus are upset gastrointestinal track; may it be regurgitating, vomiting or diarrhoea. It is advised when any of these signs are noted to bring them in for an appointment as there are various causes. The causes can be infectious or non-infectious.
  • Upper respiratory tract infection is characterized by sneezing or ocular discharge and is common in young birds. Once again it is highly advised to bring them in for an appointment as there are a range of different causes of upper respiratory tract disease. Swelling around the eyes can occur, a disease like this is serious and sometimes requires surgery. Chlamydia infection is common in young birds, this is a serious disease that can be transferred to other birds AND humans.
  • If you clip your bird’s wings it is highly advisable that it is performed by someone with experience. Incorrect wing clips can lead to serious problems. It is common for birds with incorrect wing clips to hurt themselves when they fall. See our wing clip handout for more information.
  • Eclectus are generally very curious and sometimes get themselves into trouble with foreign objects. It is quite common for them to eat or chew on items that they shouldn’t (jewelry, plastic toys, rope toys, electrical cords etc.). If you are concerned that your bird may have eaten or chewed on something that they shouldn’t have then please get in touch with us.

Veterinary care:

  • Regular checkups are very important, as birds are very good at hiding any illnesses that they have. These checkups allow problems to be detected early before they worsen.
  • Microchipping is also recommended. We use a specialized small microchip that is inserted into your bird’s pectoral muscle.


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