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What Eclectus Parrots Are Like As Pets

Whether you are getting a boy or girl Eclectus parrot, both make great pets.

Sue Anderson

Eclectus parrots
Eclectus parrots are sexually dimorphic: females are red, males are green.

The most noticeable thing when you see a group of Eclectus parrots is their sexual dimorphism. Male birds are green and females are red. At first, they were thought to be separate species, but further study showed that they were the same. 

Their color differences mimic their personalities: females are feistier and can be aggressive, while males are more docile. Both males and females can be good pets, but they do require more work than some parrots. Eclectus are very intelligent, and need stimulation. They enjoy playing with their toys, and need to chew, so buy them toys they can destroy. They also need good training.

A well-behaved Eclectus is a joy to have around the house. They thrive best in a calm environment. The males are more sensitive than the females. The females can handle more action than the males, and may be better for busy families. They are good family birds and will engage with all members of the family, although they may not do well with small children. Unlike some parrots, Eclectus are not one-person birds. They quickly learn their daily routine, and prefer to stick with it. They can learn to talk and can have large vocabularies. They are medium-sized parrots, with short tails. They are about 14 inches long and live about 30 years.

It’s important to learn to read your Eclectus’ body language, since they will bite if they are stressed. You will soon begin to notice when they are upset — their eyes may pin, and they may hold their feathers tightly against their bodies. The best thing to do is to leave them alone until they are more relaxed. An unhappy Eclectus may pick her feathers, but if yours does, check to make sure it’s not for a medical reason.

Eclectus parrots do bond with their people, but they don’t like as much physical handling as some parrots. They are not cuddly. They like to sit on or near their people, but don’t need or want a lot of petting.

Feed your Eclectus parrot a mixture of pellets, fresh fruits, vegetables and some seeds. They enjoy a variety of food.

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Posted: November 26, 2014, 3:45 p.m. PDT

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What is with this article? I'm sorry, but it is disorganized,choppy, and frankly, just poorly written.

Aesthetics aside, I'm alarmed at how little is mentioned about the particular nutritional needs of electus--it is widely known that eclectus don't do well at all on pellets. What about their unusual requirement of needing more Vitamin A than other species? What about the fact that it's not recommended and can be highly problematic to try to give your electus the vitamins it needs through formulated supplements?

Good thing I wasn't trusting this article to actually tell me the important things about owning an electus in a sensical, thorough, and well organized manner.
Elise, West Dundee, IL
Posted: 1/25/2015 8:53:20 AM
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