The Eclectus Parrot!
Rated as the 4th best talker of all parrots by Bird-Talk magazine, lacking in dander due to their hair-like feathers, brilliantly colored, inquisitive with an endearing voice, the Eclectus parrot is a favorite of many!
There are many subspecies of Eclectus including: Solomon Island, Vosmarie or Vos, Grand, Red Sided and others. We only breed and raise the Solomon Island Eclectus.
The Female is a brilliant red with blue patches and a blue eye ring.
You might say, the males and the females don't look anything alike...he does match her in one way...
This is our last boy a couple of days before he went home........
Here is Wilma (a baby female Eclectus) who we are all in love with. She is one of the birds who is in the flight suit "race."
Would you like to see a baby fly? Click here to see her flying in a flight suit. She also flies in slow motion in this video!
Check out these sites!
http://www.landofvos.com the most awesome site on Eclectus. I have bookmarked many of their pages here because it seems silly for us to rewrite what Carolyn has put together so beautifully.
http://www.eclectusfriends.com/ has some awesome pictures!!!!!!!
The Eclectus is a relatively quiet species...even with their talking ability. Their noise is a "honk." Other than that, they just make happy contented noises. The "honk" is more of an alarm call, or a "flock call." They give it off morning and night for about 5-10 seconds to "Call in the flock." Compared to most Cockatoos, most Amazons, Sun Conure, Jenday or Nanday Conure...etc., they are extremely quiet. At one time, we had Eclectus and a Quaker in the house. Someone would walk in and instantly know we had the Quaker...she screamed! But, sometimes, they would be standing right in front of the Eclectus cage and never know they were there!!!!!!
Eclectus have the longest digestive track of all parrots. Consequently, they need to be fed different. Eclectus should be offered a dish of fresh vegetables, greens, sprouted seeds, sprouts, fruit and some cooked items such as grains and legumes (like cooked brown rice and lentils). Every morning, our Eclectus get a dish of our Pamperedpeeps Parrot Mash. Besides that, they get sprouts, and fresh fruits, such as oranges, apples, grapes, cantaloupe and sometimes, the rare treat of watermelon! The Eclectus diet should be rich in vegetables and fruits that are high in Vitamin C. This is found in vegetables and fruits that are dark green (romaine/kale lettuce) and orange (oranges/cantaloupe). Their diet should also be low in fat, but not non-fat. This means that when you mix seed and pellets, there should be about 7 parts seed to about 1 part pellet.
Eclectus love fresh fruits and veggies and it is essential to the diet. I have heard that greens are the most neglected part of an Eclectus diet. That is true. Eclectus need lots of Vitamin A. Eclectus also love chewing up live branches (see poisonous plants) and mom keeps a Pineapple Guava on our porch just to rip off branches for them to chew. Fresh Eucalyptus is another favorite. Read on the feeding of live branches.
Eclectus tend to more sensitive to diet than out other fids. Do not let an avian vet push Harrison's pellets into your Ekkie's diet. Harrison's contains Spirulina which can cause problems. On many sites you will read that colored pellets can cause your Eclectus to feather in abnormally colored. We do feed Zupreem that contains colored pellets in very limited amounts and have not one plucker. But, if I had a problem (plucking, toe tapping), diet is where I would begin looking. We just bought a plucker in August of 2006! Read about our naked Red Sided Eclectus who we are trying to rehab after 10 years of feather plucking.
Land of Vos is a great Eclectus site. They have many awesome articles on sprouting, diet for Eclectus, etc! Below are some links that are very informative. If you are thinking of buying an Eclectus, I would highly recommend that you join up with 'The Eclectus Connection.' You can do this via the Landofvos website. Carolyn Swicegood has so much information and shares it with others very generously.
http://www.landofvos.com/articles/kitchen8.html this article lists edible flowers to feed your parrot!
http://www.landofvos.com/articles/kitchenxiii.html this article describes how to grow your own greens for your Ekkie friend.
To read about the first time you take your Ekkie to an avian vet and important considerations, please click here. (Thank you Carolyn Swicegood). Click here to read an article on the drug Ketoconazole vs.the drug Nystatin for fungal infections in Eclectus.
Click here to see Liberty being fed! (4/14/08)
Here is video from 5/12/08 here in our home. This video has 176 and 179 in it, along with Liberty, the baby ekkie being raised.
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