Meet Buddie, he is our 6 year old Eclectus parrot, who is very much a part of our family. Buddie enjoys hanging out on a Sunday afternoon to watch NASCAR while saying, “Buddie race vroom” that is his way of letting us know that he is enjoying himself. Buddie is very smart he knows his colors and shapes, he has potty trained himself where he will let you know that he wishes to return to his house in order to go potty. Buddie loves to play in the shower while someone is showering with him. Buddie is also our little mother hen, he watches over everyone in the family from the lovebirds up to myself. When Merlin our African Grey was just a few months old he got really sick in the middle of the night. Buddie wake me up by screaming “mama help mama”. Buddie is everyone’s bud.
Eclectus parrots come from Solomon Islands just north of Australia. Out of all parrots Eclectics’ are the easiest to tell male from female. Male adult parrots are bright green with red under the wings and will extend down the sides of his breast with vivid blues that outline his wings with turquoise shading under his wings. Their beaks are often said to look like a piece of candy core as it is bright orange and yellow. Females have a bright red head and neck, dark red or burgundy back and wings and depending on her subspecies a royal blue – lavender, or purple breast. Her beak is very black. There are five subspecies available in this country which all has similar appearance which is unfortunately led to considerable hybridizing by inexperienced or carless breeders.
Eclectus are for the most part very sociable birds and have wonderful personalities. Even though Eclectus are very social birds they have a higher need to have a tranquil living environment, than most parrots need.
Eclectus are normally very vocal, more so when they are not happy. A good way to keep your Eclectus from becoming very vocal is to keep him very busy. If you keep him very busy he will not have time to become board and loud.
Now for the diet of an Eclectus I would have to say after owning other parrots that the Eclectus diet is by far the biggest part of owning one. Even though Buddie loves to eat his diet makes him by far the neediest bird we have we feed only fresh foods do the special diets that our two Eclectus require. Seeds are only offered now and then as a treat to all of our parrots, this is due to the way that they are unable to use vitamins like other parrots can.
Would I recommend you buying an Eclectus yes but only if you have a lot of time to spend with them and meeting their special needs?