PARROT Eclectus roratus
unusual couple were thought to belong to two different species when
they were first discovered in the wild. Not so surprising when
you look at their appearance.
males plumage is generally green, with only a little red on
the sides of the body and under the wings and tail. The bill is
large, with the upper mandible ivory to orange in colour and the
lower mandible black. The legs are grey and eyes orange.
female is mostly red, with wine-red on the back and wings. A
broad purple band stretches across the breast and the shoulders,
the edges of the wings are also lined in purple. The bill is black
and the eyes yellow-white.
wonderful looking parrots are increasingly being bred in the
UK and the hand-reared young can make very devoted pets. In the
wild the female is more aggressive. Therefore the male is considered
the softer in character of the sexes and the more suitable pet.
It appears that often there are more male birds in the clutch than
females, so more males are sold as pets. Generally the female eclectus
parrot will be more expensive than the male to buy. They,
like all larger parrots have the mimicking ability, this can vary
considerably from parrot to parrot.
are stunning to look at with their plumage looking more akin to
fur than feathers. They have become more and more popular as pet
parrots. As with the purchase of any of the larger parrots always
make sure that you are able to handle and hold the parrot prior
to purchase. Although these parrots make excellent devoted pets
they do not like to be petted so much as some of the other parrot
species. They will happily sit on the hand but they prefer long
stroking movements and not the tickles that African Grey and Amazon
parrots seem to enjoy.
parrots enjoy toys and playtimes with their owners just like
all large parrots. As with all parrot species it is important for
them to know who is the boss. This is especially true for the more
dominant female eclectus parrot but with time they can be just as
tame as the males. Remember not to spoil them as they soon take
advantage and then become the boss!
you are considering an eclectus parrot as a pet it is more difficult
to know the age of these parrots. It is always a good idea to get
a young bird (with hatch certificate if possible) from a professional
breeder or reputable and knowledgeable Pet shop.