Eclectus Parrots

“You Purchased Eclectus Parrots, Brought it Home, now What?”


After purchasing Eclectus Parrots from a reputable seller who even sold you the cage and some care instructions, you might want to research a little more on the precious package you have.  Some of the important information is how to feed your Eclectus parrots, know signs of illness and general care of your Eclectus parrots.

How to tell the gender of the Eclectus parrots.

This is a beautiful parrot one of which you can tell the gender by the color of the plumage.  The female grand Eclectus parrots are mostly bright red with a darker hue on the back and wings.  The mantle and underwing coverts darken to a more purple in color and the wing is edged with a mauve-blue.  Their tails are edged with yellowish-orange above and underneath more orange-tipped with yellow below.  The beak of an adult female is all yellow.  The male has an orange fading to yellow upper beak with an all black lower beak.  The feathers of the male are mostly bright green with a yellow-tinge on the head.  It has blue primaries and red flanks and underwing.  This description is for one type of Eclectus parrot. Other types of Eclectus parrots show the abdomen and nape of the female to be blue in most species.  Some species have purple abdomens and napes and some have red abdomens and napes.  Some female Eclectus parrots have yellow-tipped tail and some will have yellow undertail feathers. Eclectus Parrots

What am I going to feed the Eclectus parrots.

The diets of Eclectus parrots in the wild are mostly fruits, wild figs, unripe nuts, flower and leaf buds and some seeds.  Pomegranate and papaya with seeds are their favorite.  You do not live in the wild, so what do you feed your Eeclectus parrots?  They will eat most fruits including mangos, figs, guavas, bananas, any melons, stone fruits (peaches), grapes, citrus fruits, pears and applies.  The Eclectus parrot requires a high fiber diet, which can include fresh fruits and vegetables like leafy greens such as endive and dandelion, as well as seeds, such as spray millet and a few nuts such as shelled almonds and shelled walnuts.   Eclectus parrots require beta-carotene so lightly cooked sweet potato, fresh broccoli clumps, and fresh corn on the cob should do the trick.   DO NOT feed your Eclectus parrotschocolate, avocado, or high fat junk foods.  They also cannot digest lactose such as milk products.  Now you know what types of foods to feed your Eclectus parrots so that they will be healthy.

How do I know when my Eclectus parrots are ill?

Captive Eclectus parrots can be susceptible to muscle spasms known as toe-tapping and wing flipping, which could be caused by a chemical imbalance which happens if the parrot is fed commercially produced food treats or high proportion of pellets versus fresh food.   Fortified or artificially colored seeds can also cause severe itching as an allergic reaction.  The Eclectus parrots in captivity can also be prone to feather destruction.  This can be caused by wing clipping where the clipped wing irritates the parrot’s side and once it starts it cannot be stopped unless you use a mechanical collar.  There can be other things like nutrition that causes the feather destruction in Eclectus parrots and the source needs to be addressed to stop the feather destruction before all feathers are gone.  The only feathers left will be the head feathers.

Main care of Eclectus parrots.

The main care of your Eclectus parrots is nutrition, clean environment, and plenty of fresh water.  If you feed Eclectus parrots the right foods, your bird will look and behave like a healthy parrot that he/she is.  Of course, keep your bird hydrated with plenty of water.  Do not add minerals to the water because if the bird does not like the water, the Eclectus parrots will refuse to drink and since the Eclectus parrots bird’s diet does not contain a lot of fluids, it could dehydrate.