These birds are a bit different from any other parrot. In this species nature has produced a colour reversal (to the norm) where
the females are red and the males are green. As the females spend most of their time in the nest box or
in the wild - a hollow tree, she is therefore at less risk of being attacked by a bird of prey. The males on
the other hand have to gather all food and are in more danger. The female has sorted that problem out in the
wild by having more than one male to look after her and has up to 5 males looking for food for the young
in the nest. If a male does get attacked, she then still manages to rear the young with the remainder of the males.
The males often include some of her sons that help till they are old enough to look for a hen of their own.
There are not many birds that we know of that have these traits and puts this species a bit apart from the rest.
The array of colours these birds are bestowed with is quite stunning, males with their satin velvety green - red
and the females with their rich ruby red and blue/purple.
In the wild these birds are part carnivorous and eat insects and grubs and so enjoy in captivity cooked chicken meat and
bones and the likes of stewed lamb and beef plus boiled eggs, these foods are a rich source of protein and
amino acids. These essential nutrients are low in a diet of only vegetables and seed so the bird would have to over-eat to derive
enough in its system for the required amount of protein and amino acids it needs and so becomes obese or at risk of being malnourished.
This type of bird also likes and needs, plenty of fruit and vegetables raw or cooked in its diet as well as rice, pasta, seed etc.
They also have a greater need for vitamin A and therefore like and need all the fruit and vegetables that contain
plenty of vitamin A eg; red capsicums, carrots, beetroot and their leaves, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds,etc.
They will also benefit from, on a regular basis, access to sunlight to absorb Vitamin D3, a component needed
for good feather structure. Calcium can be administered via a liquid on their food or in the form of Cuttle bone.
A beautiful pet for a person that likes a not too active pet bird.
Eclectus aren't fussy eaters and with the right knowledge, are easy to look after and a hardy companion.
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to call us.
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