Stopping Eclectus from Regurgitating
If you own an Eclectus Parrot then you might be suffering from the common issue which plagues most Eclectus owners; regurgitation. When Eclectus Parrots reach sexual maturity at about three years old they begin to show courtship behaviour. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
If you notice your Eclectus Parrot regurgitating when interacting with you it thinks you are its mate. You shouldn’t worry about this behaviour in an Eclectus Parrot as it is completely natural but there are ways you can discourage this behaviour through distraction.
How to Stop your Eclectus Parrot Regurgitating
• Check with a vet to make sure that your parrot is regurgitating and not being sick.
• Regurgitating is the expulsion of undigested food from the crop, vomit is partially digested food from the stomach. There is a difference between the two but both can indicate a health problem.
• If your Eclectus Parrot is vomiting then you might have a more serious health problem on your hands. If your parrot is just regurgitating then you will usually find it is simply courtship behaviour.
• Ask your vet to examine your Eclectus Parrot for a crop infection or blockage.
• If you find that your Eclectus Parrot’s regurgitation is due to a health problem then you will find that it can be cured through treatment.
• If your Eclectus Parrot is regurgitating through courtship behaviour then there are ways to discourage it.
• You shouldn’t stroke your Eclectus Parrot on the back or sides.• Avoid mushy foods like moistened cereal.
• Distract your Eclectus Parrot with toys and treats if you notice him bobbing his head up and down or his beak is open. Move a treat or toy horizontally across the bird’s vision so it focuses on the toy rather than courting you.
• If your Eclectus Parrot begins to regurgitate regardless then you should return him to his cage and turn your back on him. This will send Eclectus Parrots a clear message that you do not wish to be courted.