Fertile Eggs | Birds
Temperature For Incubation
As a general rule, most parrot eggs are best incubated between 37.2°C and 37.5°C and at a humidity of approximately 56%.
The red-sided eclectus (Eclectus roratus polychloros) is one of nine recognized subspecies of eclectus parrots. Although they have previously been considered better aviary birds than pets, this opinion is rapidly changing. Many people have enjoyed these beautiful birds as wonderful and enchanting pets. They don’t talk as well as other parrots but are very clean and relatively odorless.
Males tend to be the gentler sex, but this is controversial. For this reason, many people feel that males are more appropriate for families with smaller children.
RED-SIDED ECLECTUS PARROTS AS PETS
Even though generally quiet, these parrots have very loud, shrill calls, which can be heard when they are excited or alarmed, or when trying to make contact with their family (which could be a family member, another bird, etc.). They may not be the right pet for those sensitive to noise.
They do make good pets for people who will tolerate the occasional noise and are willing to adequately care for them, which means providing …
- they have access to a healthy (species-adequate) nutrition (Ref. Eclectus Diet)
- spacious accommodation (ideally also an outdoor flight),
- a playground or two outside the cage (in areas where humans usually hang out)
- lots of chewing toys (wood toys, leather strips and shredding toys are usually Eclectus favorites); and
- plenty of out-of-cage activities to prevent boredom and depression.
If their needs are not met, these intelligent creatures can develop serious behavioral problems.
Eclectus parrots are among the top three “talking” parrots. They rival the talented African Grey and Amazon parrots in terms of clarity of speech and vocabulary. Some even learned entire songs. Eclectuses usually have sweet, female or childlike voices. Even though the talent varies, most Eclectus do learn at least a few words.
Eclectus parrots are not as playful as other parrots. They are usually content just chewing on wood toys or leather strips; or shredding paper crumbled up into a ball. One cheap, yet favorite, “foraging toy” is an phone book hanging down from the top of their cage, making for many hours of entertainment for these birds.
Appearance and Personality
Eclectus are unique among parrots in their strikingly dimorphic plumage color. The females are a deep scarlet to bright red with black beaks. The males are brilliant green with yellow-orange upper beaks. Early ornithologists even considered them different species due to the striking dimorphism. Their feathers have a soft, almost fur like appearance. They are large stocky parrots with short square tails.
The male is a brilliant forest green. He has brilliant red patches on the sides and under wing coverts, blue bend to the wing and dark blue flight feathers. The female has a distinct blue feather ring around the eye like blue eyeliner. Her red is brilliant and her breast is a brilliant blue purple, which is separated from the red above by a distinct sharp line of demarcation. The under tail coverts are bright red. The tail feathers are solid red. The outer edges of the primaries are green.
Eclectus will often appear stoic but are interested in activities around them. They should always be provided with toys, especially wooden blocks or other toys, which can be chewed, and branches from non-toxic trees. In order to ensure safety, companion eclectus should not be allowed unsupervised freedom in the home as they often encounter toxins or dangerous items. Young eclectus should be socialized to many people and exposed to a variety of situations such as new cages, toys, visits to the veterinarian, handling by friends, wing and nail clips, etc. to avoid fear of novel situations.
Eclectus do well when provided with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Their diet should be comprised of 75 to 80 percent fruits and vegetables and 20 to 25 percent pellets. Treats may be given in small amounts especially as rewards for good behavior. Fresh clean water must be provided every day. Vitamin supplements are not needed for birds that are eating a formulated and nutritionally rich diet.
Routine bathing or showering is vital to maintaining good plumage and skin condition. The fine feathering of the eclectus is especially beautiful when they receive routine baths. Ideally birds should be taken outdoors on a warm day and lightly sprinkled and allowed to dry in the sun. Indoor birds can be misted or bathed in the shower and allowed to dry in a warm room or dried with a blow drier.
Care should be taken not to clip the wing feathers excessively. Clip only enough so the bird will glide to the floor.
Eclectus should be provided with as large a cage as possible. Appropriate toys should be provided.
Breeding season and clutch size – Eclectus parrots are prolific breeders and many pairs will breed year round. The prominent breeding season is the spring. Females may be aggressive toward males. There are reports of eclectus breeding successfully until age 28.