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Caring For an Eclectus Parrot

Are you considering adopting a pet bird? If so, you may want to get an Eclectus parrot. These smart, sweet birds can make wonderful pets! In this article, a Farmers Branch, TX vet discusses Eclectus parrots.

Basics

Brightly colored and super cute, Eclectus parrots are quite charming and fun pets. Though they aren’t particularly loud, they do talk, and can build pretty impressive vocabularies. They also can learn to imitate sounds, such as doorbells. They can live up to 30 years, so think carefully before adopting one.

Fun Facts

It isn’t hard to tell male Eclectus parrots from females. Males are primarily bright green, while females are red. However, we didn’t catch on to that right away. When we first started breeding these pretty birds, breeders were putting males with males and females with other females. Oops!

Diet

Wild Eclectus parrots eat mostly fruits, flowers, buds, and seeds. Your winged buddy will need a low-fat, high-fiber diet that contains lots of fruits and veggies. Polly can enjoy bananas, mango, corn, apples, berries, watermelon, cantaloupe, and other fresh produce. It’s also crucial to make sure she’s getting lots of Vitamin A. You’ll need to feed your pet in sturdy bowls, which must be cleaned daily. Fresh water, of course, is another must. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Cage

Polly will need a roomy, comfortable cage. These pretty birds are rather messy, so choose a cage with a seed trap. You’ll need to add suitable bedding. Newspaper, paper towels, butcher paper, or paper bags are all good, inexpensive options. You may also want to get a night cage. Last but not least, your pet will need a variety of perches, all of different strengths and textures. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Entertainment

Provide your colorful little buddy with lots of fun toys. This will keep her entertained and provide her with beneficial mental stimulation. Free time is also important. Polly will need lots of time outside of her cage.

Temperament

Eclectus parrots need lots of attention. Spend lots of time with your pet! These birds are good with children, but can be unsettled by noise and commotion. Supervise all interactions between your children and your bird, and teach your children to keep their voices down around Polly.

Do you have questions about caring for Eclectus parrots? Contact us, your Farmers Branch, TX vet clinic, today.

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