Eng. Eclectus Parrot, solomon island eclectus parrot, red sided eclectus
Lat. Eclectus Roratus
ORIGIN: Buru and Ceram, Moluccan Islands, Indonesia; extinct on Ambon, Saparua
and Haruku. Northern and central Moluccas, Indonesia, including
islands of Halmahera, Morotai, Batjan, Obi, Damar, Mare and Kayao;
probably already extinct on Ternate and Tidore.
APPEARENCE: The male is dark green; head lightly tinged in
yellow; sides of body and under-wing coverts red; under-tail coverts
yellowish-green; bend of wing blue; outer webs of primaries are
dark blue with narrow green edging; central tail-feathers green
with olive-yellow tips; outer tail feathers blackish-green becoming
blackish-blue to dark blue towards the tip and with narrow yellowish-white
edging at the end; tail-underside blackish and with narrow yellowish-white
edging; upper mandible red with yellow tip, lower mandible blackish;
iris yellow to orange-yellow; feet dark grey.
The female is generally
dark red; back and wings brownish-red; abdomen, sides of body, lower
breast, broad band across nape and back of neck violet; occasionally
upper breast also violet; bend and edge of wing violet-blue; under
wing-coverts dark violet-blue; primary coverts and outer webs of
secondaries dark-blue; under-tail coverts red; birds from Ceram
have yellowish tinge to tips of under-tail coverts; upperside of
tail is red with indistinct orange-yellow edging; tail underside
is orange-red with dark centre and yellowish edging; bill blackish;
iris yellowish; feet dark grey.
KEEPING AND CARE: These quiet and pleasant parrots are very often kept as pets.
Eclectus parrots are very popular because of their markedly striking colors.
Socialization is not a problem, but it is easier and more successful
when the young birds and birds are fed by a hand. Acclimatization
of birds from the wilderness is not always successful and often
ends in death. The change in dietary intake can also have a stressful
impact on these parrots. Birds will feel more comfortable in a larger
cage and they like being let free so as to communicate with all
people living in a house.
The cage has to be made of strong wire
so it can not be destroyed or end up hurting the birds. They are
very friendly with other parrots except in breeding season when
they tend to be aggressive. The imitation of human speech is as
successful as is the case with other types of parrots. They often
learn to pronounce a few words. Before one decides to buy this parrot
it would be important to locate a place where the bird is going
to be placed. Draught winds, direct sunlight or any noisy place
must be avoided so as to provide the bird with peace and quiet.
As they love bathing, it should be provided at least twice a week.
DIET: Fruit and vegetables are very important in the nutrition of these
parrots. Figs, mango, apples (except the core) and bananas are their
favourite fruit sweets. It is recommended to give them carrots,
celery, tomato, garlic, cucumbers and peas. A diet of seed-food
consists of speckled sunflower seeds, hemp, millet, canary seeds,
oily turnip, shelled oats and wheat. It is also recommended to give
them nuts and walnuts to provide them with enough vitamin A. Minerals
and cuttle-bone should always be available.
BREEDING OF ECLECTUS PARROTS: Breeding is neither difficult nor hard for bred birds.
At the beginning of breeding, the female is usually aggressive.
She fights with her male partner, not allowing him to reach the
food. After breeding the pair begins to feed mutually and spends
all their time together. At the beginning of April, the female clutches
two (rarely three) eggs in a nest of about 30 cm (12 in) in width
and length and about 80 cm (32 in) in height. Incubation lasts from
27 to 30 days.
Female eclectus bird in the nest ready for heatching the eggs.
The female sits on the eggs while the
male takes care of the nest and feeds the female. After hatching,
the young stay in the nest about 75 days. After the female has left
the box, she may be aggressive towards the young birds and in this
case the young birds must be separated from their mother. During
the year they can have two or more breedings; however, more than
two breedings should not be allowed. The nest must be removed or
the male must be separated from the female.
FACTS: Their average life span is about 45 years.
Their sex is easily distinguished, and
this makes them unique compared to other parrots. The female has
more distinctive colors than the male, which is rare in the animal
world. They can learn to imitate about ten words easily, otherwise
they are not talkative parrots.
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