Hand Raised Eclectus Information

Hand Raised Eclectus Parrot Information

Pair of Ecletus


The Eclectus parrot

Sexually dimorphic with roughly ten sub-species which all stem from the dominant race of the “grand Eclectus”. They can be found in many locations around the world such as New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Cape York Peninsula and Australia.  For these birds, intelligence is the key.  In Australia Red sided Eclectus are the most common followed by the Vosmaeri Eclectus, sadly a lot of people are being sold birds online from websites etc believing they have purchased a different sub species such as Grand Eclectus or Vosmaeri but they are actually red sided Eclectus..  These birds are very difficult to tell apart with an un trained eye, I have not found any difference between temperament with the different species.

In the wild they are arboreal rainforest birds living in small family groups spending the majority of there time in the tree tops.

Eclectus parrots as pets are beautiful to look at as well as being an active member of the family! They live for around 45 years and are reasonably easy to breed. They are very good talkers and will always surprise you with how fluent their words are pronounced.

Bring a new Eclectus home Care sheet


around 34 cms


430 – 550 Grams



9 weeks old Female Ecletus
9 weeks old Hen Ecletusse as an older bird, your parrot may become less interested in its own kind when it reaches breeding age.  It is also important that you provide behavioural enrichment to keep the birds mind active, when it learns that a reward is given for good behaviour it will be more likely to tame up quicker. When handling your bird you should be firm yet gentle, never flinch or be scared of the bird because this will make them feel dominant over you and in turn, will encourage bad behaviour. The best thing you can do for your bird is spend time with it, not spend time on it.

Cage’s For Tame Eclectus parrot’s

As with any bird, there is no such thing as a cage too big! It is recommended that you house your bird in the largest cage you can afford; this will benefit the wellbeing of your bird.

Make sure you decorate their cage with toys that they can chew, swing and play on. This will not only make your bird much happier but it will greatly decrease the chances of your bird developing bad habits like feather plucking or excessive squawking.


Diet For Hand Raised Eclectus Parrot’s

In the wild eclectus parrots are omnivorouse eating both fruit, vegetables and meat.  This is why most pet birds relish meat when it is offered to them.

Hand Raised Eclectus parrots should be fed a healthy diet which includes fruit, vegetables, seed, minerals, calcium, figs and even some types of flowers! With a healthy diet, your Eclectus parrot will become very robust. Vitamin and mineral supplements should be given regularly. Do not feet your Eccy parrot grit.

Have separate bowls for your seed and pellet’s is much more cost effective.  For adult Eclectus Do not replace seed or pellet’s until they are both finished.  Many people will replace the seed befor the pellet’s are finished, given the choice they will always.

For Baby Eclectus you want an all you can eat buffet with seed, pellet’s Fruit and vegetables also tropimix is especially good for baby Eclectus in conjunction with this basis diet. PS. mixing frozen peas and corn with your fruit is especially relished by young birds.

Seed – Always feed your Eclectus a good quality seed mix.  Be wary of many supermarket seed mixes as they can be of poor quality.  If you are unsure of the seed mix you are using ask your local bird expert. I have always fed my Eclectus small parrot mix but some people will feed them budgie mix, we also have a very popular Birdsville mix in store with no sun flower seed.

Adult Eclectus seed we recommend feeding small parrot mix as it has less sun flower seed

Baby Eclectus seed  we recommend parrot mix or small parrot mix as it has more sunflower seed this high fat diet should be changed before your eclectus is 6 months old.

Soaked seed – for information on preparing soaked seed visit Eclectus Parrot, soaked seed is great for all parrot’s of all ages and especially young birds as its easy for them to consume and releases more nutrition.

Fruits and veg– You can never give your Eclectus too much fruit and veg, Rock melon, Honey due, Corn, Apple, Sweet potato, Carrot, pomme grannit, pears, banana, leafy greens, broccoli, capsicum, zucchini, spinach, broccoli, cucumber, green beans, chilli, and stone fruit to name a few.

Frozen peas and corn may be added to there fruit and veges

 Pellets well suited for eclectus are Kaytee Pellets, tropimix, roudy bush and Paradise vetafarm pellets.


Fresh water must be available at all times.

Do not feed your Eclectus Avocado, Lettuce, cocoa or anything containing cocoa or shell grit.

Warning– Do not feed your bird avocardo lettuce, chocolate



Introducing your new bird to existing birds

Once you take your bird home you should keep it in a separate cage and allow the bird to adjust accordingly. Always allow at least 2 weeks before introducing the bird to an existing bird.

9 weeks old Male Eclecus


The cage requires regulars cleaning and old food shouldn’t ‘be allowed to accumulate in the cage, on perches or in feeders. Water should be changed daily basics.







Your bird will need to be wormed in a few weeks to two month after being taken home (check with the staff from Birdsville, when purchasing). Worming will need to be done every 6 month.



Lice & Mites

These are the two most common parasites of cage birds and their environment, but are easily controlled with a Mite and Lice spray, available at Birdsville. When using spray, spray bird, entire cage, perches, nesting box and toys, remember to remove all water and feed and avoid spraying in birds’ eyes.

Training Eclectus parrot’s

This is an important factor of having a well behaved hand raised bird. The bird need
to be handle in a quiet, relaxed situation, but don’t over stress your bird in the first few weeks of taking it home.  Positive reinforcement is key to training birds and any good behaviour is rewarded with treats, praise and cuddles.  It is important that you establish trust with your bird if you hit your bird for biting the bird will often become much worse.  Never ever hit your bird. The more time you spend with your bird, the better your bird will become.  Training Eclectus parrots



Enrichment For Eclectus parrot’s

Toys are used as a form of environmental enrichment but enrichment shouldnt stop there.  As an ex zoo keeper it was a major concern that all animals must have a variety environmental enrichments to keep the critters entertained. This is in no way different for anyone who has a tame parrot at home.  Enrichment is important because parrots simply can not thrive with only perches, food and water.  The fact is birds provided with enrichment are unlikely to develope psychological problems such as self mutilation, feather plucking and excessive squarking.  Enrichment WILL in fact effect your bird in a positive way with its mental and physical development when training your bird you will actually end up with a better, less fearful, friendlier and relaxed bird which will be more easily trained. Enrichment can be chew toys, play toys, leather toys, acrylic plastic toys, wooden toys, shredding toys, ropes, swings, ladders, bells, balls, birdie balls, plain card board,small boxes, wicker baskets, tray of wheat grass,  plants, bird baths,different foods, food kabobs, nuts, (all available at birdsville) You may also find in your local area pine cones, hide food inside pine cones, twigs, bendy branches, flowers and branches- safe flowers are bottle brush, grevellia, eucalypt melaleuca flowers, hubiscus, marygolds, dandy lions leaves and all, roses, violets to name a few.

Note anything found outside should be disinfected and non poisonouse and toys must be non toxic.

Enrichment tip- the trick to keeping them entertained is regularly rotating toys as they will become bored with the same toy in there cage day after day.  Changing them regularly will create interest for your bird as if they are receiving a whole new toy to play with.

 Hand Raising Baby Eclectus

For more detail’s on hand raising visit our hand raising baby birds page

None of our baby eclectus are hand raised from any younger than 3 weeks of age.  This in my experience gives the would be owner a much healthier and stronger bird as in the first stages of life the baby has had a chance to get all the important good bacteria from the parents and have a strong resistance to desease for the rest of the birds life.  For the next 2 months of hand rearing the bird will very quickly learn to trust and get confidence.  All our babies are fed with crop needles which is more hygienic for the youngster.  The crop needle is not actually inserted into the crop as they actually feed from the rounded tip of the feeding apparatus.  During the growing stages our birds get used to being fed and handles by different people including, males, females and are exposed to different noises of people talking cacuum cleaners , phones, music etc.


This is one way of feeding baby eclectus parrots, i prefer to use a crop needle as its much less mess and more hygienic for the babies as they grow there feathers around the chest area.  Despite my opinion i have seen good results from both methods.


For more information on Breeding Eclectus visit Eclectus Parrot