The Eclectus parrot is rivaled as one of the most
brilliant parrots. Both male and female are full of
beautiful colors from red contrasted by and almost electric
blue to green contrasted by bright yellow. These colors
make them among the most sexually dimorphistic birds.
The female of the species boasts a fire engine red head
with electric blue chest and a black beak where as the
male is covered with a bright jade green and bright
Eclectus parrots are native to Solomon Islands, New
Guinea, northeastern Australia and the Maluki Islands.
In New Guinea many of the people consider Eclectus parrots
to be pests because there numbers are so great which
leaves the people and birds competing for the same fruits
and berries. Often times the people of New Guinea will
shoot the parrots with sling shots and the use there
feathers as decoration.
Eclectus parrots are very strong fliers, flying high
above the canopies in small groups as they search for
food. Just before roosting at night Eclectus parrots
will perform in display flights, almost like dancing
in the air.
Eclectus parrots have two distinctive calls they use.
One is used during flight and is a more screech like
call that is repeated several times. The other is used
during feeding and is more of a cry mellow call. They
also have a very well established ability of speech
imitation. They are able to learn a vast vocabulary
that rivals the African Grey parrot, on top of that
they can learn songs and love to sing.
Interesting facts about Eclectus Parrots
Feeding the Eclectus parrots fortified foods such as
pellets, and breads can lead to the phenomena known
as toe-tapping and wing flapping. This is because they
have a longer than normal digestive tract that is very
sensitive to food additives. This may become a problem
in Eclectus parrots kept as pets.
The eclectus parrot, like all parrots, eats fruits,
seeds, and nuts but there favorite fruit is the pomegranate.
The pomegranate is an almost peach looking fruit that
is filled with seeds held together by a fleshy white
meat. The pomegranate is a seasonal fruit and is only
available for a very limited amount of time making it
difficult for Eclectus parrot owners to acquire, however
Eclectus parrots are very partial to corn which is almost
always readily available. It is thought that they enjoy
corn so much because of its bright yellow color and
that corn can be an interesting food to peel.
The Eclectus parrot is rivaled as one of the most brilliant
parrots. Both male and female are full of beautiful
colors from red contrasted by and almost electric blue
to green contrasted by bright yellow. These colors make
them among the most sexually dimorphistic birds.
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