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Eclectus Parrot

Eclectus Parrot

(Bird)

Eclectus Parrot Baby
Eclectus Parrot Baby

Eclectus Parrot Habits

Eclectus parrots are noisy, sociable birds that gather in large flocks of up to eighty. They fly very well and can climb trees with ease, using their beaks and feet to grip the branches.
The male is a stocky, medium-size bird with bright, glossy green feathers highlighted with red flashes on its sides and underneath its wings. The female is slightly smaller and has a bright red head, throat, and wings which contrast with her brilliant blue chest and purple under-wings.

Eclectus Parrot Communication

Parrots, like most other animals, employ a wide range of body behaviour, as well as vocalization, to communicate with others. Most birds use wing flapping for communication, and this as well as beak gaping, are developed in infancy.

Eclectus Parrot Breeding

The eclectus parrot has no regular breeding season. During courtship, the male pursues one female and attempts to get her attention by making excited squawking calls. When the female is ready to mate, she selects a nest site in a hole high up in a tall tree trunk. The entrance is usually about three inches across. She chews up pieces of wood with which to line the nest and makes a soft bed for the eggs.
The female lays two eggs and incubates them without the help of the male. The male visits the nest at regular intervals during incubation and feeds the female with regurgitated food. The eggs hatch after 26 days, and the young fledge (grow feathers) and learn to fly at 12 weeks.

Eclectus Parrot Food & Feeding

Like most other parrots, eclectus parrots are vegetarians. At sunrise, they leave their roosts in pairs or small groups and feed in the tops of tall trees. They eat a wide range of buds, blossoms, seeds, nuts, berries, fruit, and nectar.
When kept in captivity, eclectus parrots will eat large amounts of green vegetables in addition to fruit and nuts.
The birds are strong flyers and will travel far from their roosting sites in search of food. Large numbers will congregate on fruit-bearing trees.

Eclectus Parrot Key Facts

        Size 
              Height: Length: 14 inches. Wingspan: Up to 28 inches
              Weight: Up to 16 oz
       Breeding
             Sexual maturity: 3 years
             Mating: Varies according to location and climate; may be almost continuous
             Gestation: Incubation period: 26 days. Fledging period: About 85 days
             Number of young: Eggs: White, 2 per clutch
       Lifestyle 
            Habit: Sociable, roosting in large groups of up to 80 birds
            Diet: Treetop seeds, nuts, fruits, flowers, and leaves
            Lifespan: 40-50 years

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Newly-hatched eclectus parrot chicks are covered with short, thick bristles which are replaced with fluffy, gray down after two or three days.
  • Male and female eclectus parrots are so different in color that they were at one time thought to have been two completely different species.
  • Parrots have two claws facing forward and two facing backward; this gives them a good grip for climbing trees.
  • Eclectus parrots are one of the more popular birds kept in captivity, as either parent or hand reared.
  • Large populations of this parrot remain, and they are sometimes considered pests for eating fruit off trees.

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