One of the most popular species of Eclectus among bird owners, the Solomon Islands Eclectus is particularly docile and gentle. While Solomon Islands Eclectus parrots are content with entertaining themselves, they need human interaction on a regular basis as well.
The male Solomon Islands parrot is dark green with pale blue along the edge of the wing. Females are a lighter red than red-sided Eclectus females, and while both sub-species have a blue ring around the eyes, the Solomon Islands female parrot has a thicker ring. Solomon Islands females’ primary coverts are pale blue with pale blue edging.
Many aviculturists agree that supplemental vitamins added to an Eclectus’s diet can contribute to “toe tapping,” a condition where the parrot’s toes repetitively extend and contract. Ask your avian veterinarian before adding supplements or manufactured foods to your pet Eclectus’s diet.
Eclectus parrots are susceptible to feather picking, respiratory infections and excessive chewing. They need higher vitamin-A than other parrots. Vitamin-A-enriched foods include carrots, squash, broccoli, kale and cooked sweet potatoes. Cases of feather picking in this pet bird are often caused by malnutrition and vitamin-A deficiency.
Eclectus parrots enjoy spending time with their owners, but these pet birds also like some quiet time alone. Eclectus owners should be prepared for a pet parrot whose personality will change through time. Provide Eclectus parrots with toys made of softer wood because their beaks are not as powerful as those of other parrots. Eclectus parrots enjoy wrapping their toes around their toys, so supervise your bird for any potential safety hazards.