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Eclectus Parrot

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Traits & behavior
 

Social
Eclectus parrots require a large amount of physical attention. They require two hours or more of daily interaction.

Intelligent
Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling.

Noisy
They can be loud, especially at dawn and dusk.

Color
Female parrots are red and/or blue and males are green.

Speaking ability

With practice, you can teach your parrot to say a variety of words.

Messy eaters

Your parrot will drop a lot of food while eating.

Things to remember

Supervision
Don't forget that children, pets and unfamiliar guests should be supervised when interacting with your parrot.

Long-term companions
Before purchasing, be aware that an eclectus parrot requires a long-term commitment of approximately 40-50 years.

Bonding
Consistent attention from all members of the household is necessary to keep her from bonding with only one person.

Safety & cleanliness
Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit disease to humans. Keep your pet's home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. Infants, young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and the infirm or elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with the pet or its habitat. Consult your doctor for more information.
 

Nutrition

Staple diet
Feed her 3-4 tablespoons per day of a pellet or seed-based, fortified parrot diet.

Fruits & vegetables*
About 5-10% of a parrot's diet should be bite-sized fruits and veggies like oranges, melon, apples, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, mustard greens and shredded carrots. Offer daily.

Supplements
Be sure to provide a mineral block in your parrot's cage at all times.

Water
Parrots should always have access to clean, fresh water in a bowl.

*Remember that fresh food requires its own dish and should be removed from the habitat within four hours to avoid spoilage.

Health

Signs of a healthy eclectus parrot:

  • Clear, bright eyes
  • Clean, smooth feathers
  • Eats throughout the day
  • Normal droppings that are not excessively runny for more than a couple of days
  • A curious and active disposition

Things to watch for:

  • Decreased appetite; weight loss
  • Decreased activity and grooming behavior
  • Change in droppings in excess of two days
  • Sitting at the bottom of cage
  • Discharge from nose or mouth; frequent sneezing
  • Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time

If you notice any of the signs described above, consult an Avian Veterinarian.
 

Habitat

Housing
Your parrot's cage must be large enough for her to comfortably stretch her wings, climb and play with her toys. The bigger the cage, the better. Minimum cage size is 32"W x 32"L x 48"H. The cage should provide a secure area where she feels safe, but she should also be allowed out of the cage for socialization.

Perches
Place two perches at different heights, so your parrot will be unable to soil her food bowls. Provide perches of differing widths, diameters and textures to help keep her feet healthy.

Cage placement

Place your bird's cage at or below eye level, away from drafts, open windows and the kitchen. Be aware that parrots are sensitive to smoke and strong odors. Cover the cage at night to prevent drafts.

Toys
Give her at least 2-3 toys to keep her busy. But, not too many--she should be able to move about freely without bumping into any in the cage. Rotate toys often to keep her interested.

Baths
Provide a birdbath 2-3 times per week. You can offer her a warm water bath or gently mist her with warm water from a clean spray bottle.

Food & water containers
It is important to clean your bird's containers every day, even if the bowl looks full.

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