Eclectus parrot care sheet

Diet:
The eclectus parrot, unlike many other parrot species, has a longer digestive tract. Because of this, eclectus parrots do not do well on an all-pellet diet and especially not a seed diet (no parrot does well on an exclusively seed diet). Ekkies need a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, grains, and sprouted or germinated seeds. Some great selections are: peas, green beans, dandelion/mustard/collard greens, carrots, broccoli, eggplant, corn, sweet potato, green peppers, lettuce, sorrel, spinach, squash, and zucchini. Fruits include: apples, melons, bananas, pears, berries, and most other fruits (be sure not to give the bird any pits!).

Ekkies also need more vitamin A in their diet than regular parrots. Try to include orange veggies as often as you can (sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, etc). Sunflower seeds and walnuts make excellent treats for rewarding and topping off their vitamins. For those that would like to germinate or sprout seeds for their precious pets, this is an excellent guide for getting started.

It is not usually advised to give your ekkie any extra vitamins; however, you may choose to offer some pellets to help the bird stay fuller longer and also to make sure they’re getting enough nutrients. I would give no more than 20% of the ekkie diet as pellets. Most of the diet should be fresh fruits and veggies.

Cage:
The general rule is that you should buy the biggest cage that you can afford. Parrots are active birds and need plenty of room to stretch out and play. They’re very much like children in their antics and, like children, need space to move around. I recommend a cage no less than 2′ by 3′ of floor space with a height of 4′. The only exception to this rule is if you have your bird out for long periods of time. The longer they’re out, the more time they have to play and get that excess energy out of their system. It also for you and your bird to bond better! And speaking of bonding…

Socialization:
This is where many people fall down in the overall care for their birds. Life happens. I know. Sometimes you’d rather go watch that newly released movie with your friends than hang out with your bird. You get to see him everyday, right? He’s not going anywhere. One day won’t hurt. Except when it does. Sometimes, one day is all it takes. Birds become sooo dependent on us for interaction and love. Especially if you only have one. They bond with us. They love us. They need us. I heard it once described like this: you have the entire world outside your front door. Your bird only has you. If you get a bird, you need to make sure that you have at least 1 or 2 hours to spend with him. If not, at least get him a friend. Remember, you chose him. He didn’t get a choice at all.

Lack of socialization leads to bad behavior. Some birds will start plucking. Some birds start screaming. Some will become aggressive. Some may stop liking you and prefer another person in your household instead. Think about it like this: if you were ignored by the one you love, would you like it? Of course not. For your sanity and especially for your bird, please make sure you have enough time to spend with him.

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