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Eclectus Toe Tapping

Find out the causes of this peculiar condition and how to stop it.

By Margaret A. Wissman, DVM

Some Eclectus quirky behaviors include toe tapping Some of my most challenging medical cases involved Eclectus. They are unique among parrots with their vibrant colors and quirky habits. As recent research on these birds in their native habitat shows, hens often stake out a hollow tree and stay put, while accepting food and the amorous advances of several males. I think this is why so many female Eclectus choose to stay in their cage and lay clutch after clutch of eggs, and why so many males end up with excessive masturbation problems and sexually related feather picking.

 **For the full article, pick up the November 2010 issue of BIRD TALK at your local retailer or by purchasing a PDF download here.**

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