Eclectus Parrot
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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. Eclectus parrot
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Burwood Pets & Birds
1415 Toorak Rd, Camberwell Vic. 3124
2 pairs of Adult Eclectus Parrots are in stock
Breeder birds.  $2500 per pair
Phone (03) 9809 1212
  • An Australian Parrot
  • Also refer To: "Non Aust Parrots / Eclectus - non Australian"
  • Scientific Name:  Eclectus roratus macgillivrayi
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin: 10 (Including overseas sub-species). These birds are a sub-species of Eclectus r. roratus
  • Origin / Distribution: Northern Cape York Peninsula, Australia.  Also other sub-species in New Guinea and other islands.
  • Habitat In Wild: Tropical rainforests of northern Cape York Peninsula, Australia.
  • Status In Wild: Secure, subject to preservation of suitable habitat.
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity: Not common, but numbers are increasing.
  • Age To Sexual Maturity: 2 to 3 years.  Some birds may be 4 years of age before breeding.
  • Adult plumage:  ?
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  4 - 5 years onwards
  • Lifespan (estimate): approx  25 or more years
  • Sexing: Monomorphic / Dimorphic. Hens are more colourful than the cock birds.  Due to the plumage differences the sexes look like different species.
  • Mutations: No
  • Availability: Specialist breeders and some bird dealers.
  • Temperament: Can be noisy birds so care should be taken to ensure neighbours are not annoyed.  Some pet birds can become good talkers.  Hand raised birds can make good affectionate pet / companion birds.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $1200
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx. 370 - 400 mm (or approx 14.5 - 16 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. 520 - 550 gms (or approx. 18.5 - 19.5 ozs)

The Eclectus roratus polychloros - Red sided Eclectus Parrot is probable the most common of the Eclectus Parrots in Australia.

Aviary Notes:

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws: Refer to " Government Laws " web page.

Housing Requirements: Refer to " Housing Birds " web page for general details on the housing of Australian Parrots or read on for specific details for this parrot.

They are a large bird and prefer a large aviary and generally housed one pair per aviary. Recommended aviary length is about 3.5to 4 up to about 6 metres. 1200mm wide recommended.  Can be bred in suspended cages.

Non-toxic leafy branches can be placed in the aviary for the birds to chew up. This will entertain the birds, help minimize boredom and give the birds some beak exercise. Natural branches of various diameters, and placed at various angles, can be used for perches. These natural perches may be chewed by the birds and may need to be replaced regularly. The birds may chew any flowers and fruiting bodies on the branches.

With the numbers of Eclectus parrot increasing, the Eclectus parrot is becoming more popular as a pet or companion bird. One bird will require a strong cage of about 900mm x 900mm x 900mm (about 3ft x 3ft x 3ft). A bird in one of these cages should be allowed out of the cage for regular exercise.

Diet / Feeding:  Refer to " Feeding Birds " web page for general details on the feeding of Australian Parrots or read on for specific details for this parrot.

Basic seed is Small parrot mix or Budgie mix with sunflower seed.  A variety of fruits, nuts, green leafy vegetables, and a variety of seasonally available vegetables are essential in a balanced diet.  Dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas can be offered.  Almonds are commonly used.  Corn-on-the-cob is a parrot favourite.  Sprouted or soaked seeds, mung beans and peas if available.  Seeding grasses will be eagerly devoured.

Fruits and vegetables should make up more than 50% of the birds daily food intake. Seasonally available fruits and vegetables as well as thawed frozen vegetables should be offered to the birds each day. Vegetables to include green leafy vegetables. Good quality dry dog food can be offered.

Commercial parrot pellets can form part of a balanced diet.

Refer:  A/A Vol 57 No 12 Dec 2003 Page 262 (Eclectus Diet - Dr. C. Walker  BVSc.). **

Nesting: A basic overview only. Dimensions are typical / average and can vary widely, influenced by the owner's preferences and the birds preferences. Parent bird's preferences can also be influenced by the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared. If space allows, offering a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their own choice. Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season. Try and keep that one for their exclusive use. Once a pair has chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed. If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight, ensure the log / nest box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.

All Australian parrots will breed in hollow logs.

  • Nesting months: May breed year round if conditions are suitable.
  • Log / Nest-box:
    • Length / depth  600 - 900 mm (or approx  24 - 36 inches)
    • Log internal diameter approx. 300 - 400 mm. (or approx. 12 - 16 inches)
    • Nest-box internal dimensions approx. 300 - 350 mm square (or approx. 12 - 14 inches square)
    • Diameter of entrance hole approx   75 - 80mm (or approx  3 - 3.5 inches)
    • Inspection hole (square or round) 100 - 120mm (or approx  4 - 5 inches)
    • A removable top / lid can be a useful access point for inspections and for cleaning.
    • Location and height of log / nest-box = usually at the rear of the aviary under the sheltered section.
    • Angle of log or nest box =  45 degrees through to vertical.
  • Nesting log / nest-box material: Decomposed non-toxic saw dust, wood shavings or other suitable material/s.
  • Who incubates the egg/s: Hen / cock / both share.

Pairs may mate in the nest.

More details on parrot nestboxes/logs and a selection of parrot nestbox/log photos can be found on the "nests", "parrot nests" and "parrot nestbox photos" web pages.  Click on "Up" then "Nests" then "parrot nests" and "parrot nestbox photos" in the navigation bars.

Breeding: Egg Colour White.  Clutch/s per year  2.  Eggs per nest  2.  Incubation approx. 26 - 28 days.  Fledge approx. 10 - 12 weeks.  Independent approx. another ? weeks.

The hen is the dominant bird of the pair.  As the hen becomes sexually mature, she may exhibit a more aggressive behaviour.

Eclectus will mate for life.  They engage in mutual preening.

Eclectus parrots are generally good breeders. Hens may become aggressive and territorial to people during the breeding season.  The first clutch of eggs may be infertile but subsequent clutches are usually fertile.  Some first time parents fail to adequately feed the first clutch and the babies may die.  The next clutch the birds hatch are usually well fed and get good survival rates.  The birds learn fast and hand rearing is generally un-necessary.

Young birds can be "paired up" at about 6 to 12 months of age. If you are lucky enough to have several young birds, pair birds up that have shown an interest in one another. Pairing up birds that show an interest in each other usually results in adult pairs that have good reliable clutches of young. The birds placed in an aviary of their own. When the hen has reached the age of about 24 months, a nest box can be placed in the aviary.

Purchasing two birds of breeding age often does not prove to be quicker at getting babies.  Some "adult" pairs can take a long time to settle in and get down to a breeding routine.  This time delay could be 2 or 3 years.  In some situations the young birds may breed before a newly introduced "adult" pair.

As with many other parrots, if space allows, the young birds can be housed beside a breeding pair.  The successful adult breeding pair will educate the young birds on the social and breeding skills they will need to learn to be a compatible pair and successful parents.

Birds that are destined for the pet or companion bird trade are often removed from the nest at about 3 weeks of age and hand raised.

It is common practise to place a closed metal ring on the young bird while it is in the nest.

Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.

Health Issues: Refer to "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site. Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page option.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture
  • A/A Vol 58 No. 4 Apr 2004 Page 90-91 (Book review).

  • A/A Vol 57 No 12 Dec 2003 Page 262 (Diet - Dr. C. Walker). **
  • A/A Vol 57 No 9 Sept 2003 Page 194-198 (Inc photo).
  • A/A Vol 52 No 1 Jan 1998 Page 7-13
  • A/A Vol 50 No 9 Sept 1996 Page 216-217 (Nest inspections)
  • A/A Vol 48 No 9 Sept 1994 Page 201-202
  • A/A Vol 48 No 6 June 1994 Page 135-138 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 29 No. 4 Apr 1975 Page 49-50 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol  9 No 12 Dec 1955 Page 137-138.
  • Australian Birdkeeper
  • ABK Vol 17 Issue 2. Apr-May 2004 Page 96-101 (Colony breeding).
  • ABK Vol 15 Issue 6. Dec-Jan 2003 Page 353
  • ABK Vol 15 Issue 4. Aug-Sep 2002 Page 209-213 (Reward training).
  • ABK Vol 15 Issue 3. Jun-Jul 2002 Page 160-162
  • ABK Vol 15 Issue 2. Apr-May 2002 Page 101-103.
  • ABK Vol 14 Issue 10. Aug-Sept 2001 Page 564-565.
  • ABK Vol 11 Issue 1. Feb-Mar 1998 Page 16-18
  • ABK Vol 11 Issue 1. Feb-Mar 1998 Page 26-29
  • ABK Vol  8 Issue 9. Jun-July 1995 Page 434-435
  • ABK Vol  7 Issue 3. Jun-July 1994 Page 114-116
  • ABK Vol  7 Issue 2. Apr-May 1994 Page 59-60
  • ABK Vol  7 Issue 1. Feb-Mar 1994 Page 20-25
  • ABK Vol  3 Issue 2. Apr-May 1990 Page 55-60

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