Breeding eclectus parrots in captivity

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breeding eclectus parrots in captivity

Eclectus Parrots: An Experience by Graham Taylor

Covers sub-species identification, diet, housing, breeding, hand-raising, health, behavior, and an account of Eclectus and Palm Cockatoos in the wild and in captivity in Australia and the United States. Chapters include Genus Eclectus; 1968 Expedition to Cape York; Collecting from the wild; Captive breeding Eclectus Parrots; Keeping Eclectus Parrots healthy; Removal of chicks, handfeeding and shipping; Companion Eclectus Parrots in the United States (written by Laurella Desborough); The Importance of Keeping Records.
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Providing a nest box or log for our breeding pairs of Eclectus can be a very exciting time. Having a pair that you have had since they were fledglings, then watching them develop into adult birds, you notice that they have started preening each other and beginning to shows signs of mating. This is all part of the pair bonding period, and is the time to give them something to nest in.
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Eclectus Parrots in the Wild and Captivity – Part 2

It is common as far east as Sumba and as far west as the Solomon Islands. Other native areas include parts of central Australia as well as the entire coastal area of the continent. Areas where the eclectus parrot have been introduced include Palau, Singapore, and the Goram Islands. Forshaw, ; Jones, et al. Eclectus parrots are known to reside in densely populated forests, often near water or coastal areas.

In Part I of this article we discussed eclectus parrot Eclectus roratus behavior in the wild and captivity. Today I would like to focus on one of the more unusual facets Eclectus Parrot natural history — how a unique reproductive strategy has fostered a degree of sexual dimorphism difference in appearance between the sexes unknown among other parrots. Male and female eclectus parrots vary so much in appearance that they were believed to be different species by the first Europeans to encounter them in Indonesia. Indeed, few bird species, and no other parrots, exhibit such extreme sexual dimorphism. Female Eclectus Parrots are stoutly built and sport gorgeous red and vermillion feathers of several shades.

Joseph Forshaw , in his book Parrots of the World, noted that the first European ornithologists to see eclectus parrots thought they were of two distinct species. Large populations of this parrot remain, and they are sometimes considered pests for eating fruit off trees. Some populations restricted to relatively small islands are comparably rare. Their bright feathers are also used by native tribespeople in New Guinea as decorations. Ornithologists usually classify the eclectus parrot as a member of tribe Psittaculini in the family Psittacidae of order Psittaciformes. However, some recent thoughts indicate a great deal of commonality between the eclectus parrot and the Lorini tribe. Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson noted similarities in the skull were noted between the eclectus parrot and members of the genus Geoffroyus , specifically in the auditory meatus and the prefrontal reaching but not joining the squamosal bones.

In the Wild: Eclectus parrots are found in Lesser Sundas, the Solomon Islands, Lifespan: In the Wild years; In Captivity 80 years breed all year long.
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Alternate (Global) Names

Estonian: Erispapagoi Finnish: Avoparikaija Indonesian: Nuri Bayan, Payap Italian: Ecletto, Pappagallo eclettico Dutch: Edelpapegaai Palauan: Lakkotsiang

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4 thoughts on “Eclectus Parrots: An Experience by Graham Taylor

  1. The breeding of Eclectus can be an extraordinary experience. It can be Forcing sub-species to mate in captivity which would not normally occur in nature is.

  2. In the early s, Australian aviculturists Peter Chapman and Keith Dickins, the owner of Loro Parque Wolfgang Kiessling, and myself visited.

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