The Eclectus Parrot
The Eclectus parrot has oil glands instead of dust glands and therefore there is little or no wing dust or dander to bother those people who may have allergies to the dust normally associated with pet birds.
This South Pacific parrot has different coloring in its several sub-species, and is the most color dimorphic parrot in the world. The male has various shades of green with some red coloring on its wings and yellow beaks. The females colors vary in the reds, blues, lavenders, and purples with black beaks.
These sociable and easily trained birds make wonderful pets with excellent mimicking abilities of surrounding sounds — when the phone rings check your bird first. They are also talkers, not only repeating words and phrases but also singing songs. They usually are not screamers unless threatened.
The Eclectus are 12 to 14″ in length and weigh between one to one and a half pounds. They have an average lifespan of around 30-40 years, although some live much longer.
They are hardy birds who love to exercise and should be fed proper foods, including juicy, colorful foods like pomegranates, mangos, cantaloupe, carrots, red and green bell peppers, kale, collards, dandelion and other greens, instead of supplements. No avocado – its toxic!
The Eclectus will need a large cage that allows for it to spread and flap its wings, usually at least three feet wide and a height approaching six feet. They love to climb so ropes or other such devices will help them gain their required daily exercise. Or, if possible, let them roam the house (the best option!). Toys are important and necessary to keep the bird from becoming bored and resorting to over-grooming.
The most common sub-species are the:
1. Solomon Island. (see http://www.eclectusville.com/Solomon_Island_Eclectus.html)
2. Grand. (see http://www.eclectusville.com/Grand_Eclectus.html)
3. Vosmaeri. (see http://www.eclectusville.com/Vosmaeri_Eclectus.html)
4. Red Sided. (see http://www.eclectusville.com/Red_sided_Eclectus.html)
Visit Another Kind of Mind: A Talking Bird Masters English. To read about bird speech. The author of the web site also has the following book available on Amazon:
For a lot more information about the Eclectus Parrot please visit the following web sites:
Old World Aviaries