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    How to Keep Eclectus Parrots

    ArticleParrot AdviceTuesday 24 May 2011
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    If you’re searching for parrots for sale you might want to buy an eclectus parrot. Eclectus parrots are incredibly colourful. The males are brilliant green with yellow and orange beaks, while the females are bright red with a deep blue-purple color under their wings and on their abdomens. Furthermore Eclectus parrots are highly intelligent and talkative, yet also calm, and are not prone to screaming and shrieking like some of their parrot cousins!

     

    To house your eclectus parrot you should buy a large, stainless steel cage. An adult Eclectus will be 13 inches to 14 inches long, so the cage should be at least 3 feet by 4 feet by 5 feet. If the cage is too small your parrot will get stressed and bored, leading to other problems.

     

    As eclectus birds are so intelligent they become depressed without stimulation. Stock the cage with plenty of parrot toys to provide this diversion.

     

    Line the cage with newspaper to catch droppings. Newspaper is the best material for a cage floor or under a grate; other linings, such as coconut husks or wood shavings, can become a medium for fungus growth. The cage must be cleaned daily.

    Most importantly, ensure your eclectus parrot does not spend all its life in a cage as this will lead to serious depression. They are social parrots that need to spend time outside the cage for at least an hour a day.

    Avoid giving your bird avocado, raw onion, chocolate or rhubarb. These can be toxic to parrots.


    Make sure your eclectus parrot has a constant supply of dry pellet food that doesn’t go off. This must make up a good part of its diet, but don’t forget to provide fresh fruit and vegetables daily to add variety and essential minerals to the eclectus parrot’s diet.

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