Scientific Name: Eclectus roratus
Origin: Solomon Island
Average Lifespan: 30 to 40 years
Size: 35 cm (14 in) in length
Color: green and red
Sounds: generally quiet
Physical Characteristics of Grand Eclectus
Grand Eclectus, also called Dusky Eclectus, is one of the smallest species in the Eclectus family. It displays a narrow body and beak. Its plumage is less vibrant compared to other Eclectuses. Males are generally blue with a dash of red at the underwings and sides of the body. On the other hand, females are predominantly red with purple across the upper abdomen and lower breast. When fully matured, this bird usually measures about 35 cm (14 in) in length.
Personality and Temperament
Grand Eclectus is regarded for its calm and laid-back personality, which make it an ideal pet bird for singles, couples, retirees and families with small children. Due to this behavior, this bird is often mistaken as unintelligent and inactive. But in fact, it has high intelligence and loves to interact with owners if happy and healthy. Daily activities and bonding time are also required to prevent boredom and inactivity, which can lead to self-inflicted harm and several health issues.
In terms of training, this species is capable of learning a few tricks and commands. Of course, proper training methods must be practiced to realize these goals. A vital factor that must always be practiced during the training process is maximum patience. Like most bird species, the Grand Eclectus can be very lazy and unwilling to cooperate at times. As a solution, make it a habit of giving rewards and prizes for every correctly followed command such as bird pellets or simple back rubs. Keep in mind that birds are very sensitive most especially to negative emotions such as shouting and cursing. Avoiding these things will not only make your training process more effective but will also strengthen the bond with your pet.
Although very calm and well mannered, this species has the tendency to bite and chew anything its mouth can handle. This is a common issue among all bird species but can be easily prevented by proper guidance and training. Teaching your pet on what it can and can’t chew or nibble is very important especially when it starts to chew on dangerous home objects such as electrical wires.
Fortunately, this species can be taught and trained to prevent these accidents and injuries. Even rescued birds who experienced trauma and abuse can be taught proper behavior.
Females have very strong maternal instincts. During breeding season, she will become more possessive and aggressive. In addition, she will constantly seek for possible nesting places such as spaces in furniture and fixtures. These species breed all year round, producing several clutches. The hen lays an average of 2 to 3 eggs per clutch which she incubates for almost a month.
Health and Care
In order to maintain proper health, the nutritious and well-balanced diet must be given on a daily basis. In the wild, this species usually eat food items such as flowers, nuts, seeds, fruits and wild figs. When in captivity, it enjoys a mostly fruit diet that includes mangoes, melons, bananas, guavas, papaya, and apples. However, avoid regularly giving fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of acids and sugars, which can increase the risk of developing various health issues. Furthermore, this bird has a very long digestive tract that is why it needs a constant supply of food items that are high in fiber.
With regards to common sicknesses and diseases, this species is highly susceptible to muscle spasms. Although the primary cause is still unclear, experts say that it is most likely connected to poor diet and malnutrition. As a solution, it is advised to provide fresh and highly nutritious food to minimize the risks of this condition and other health issues as well.
History and Background
Grand Eclectic is native to Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and nearby islands. It also thrives in northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands. Only a few species of the Eclectus family is available on aviculture, with the Grand Eclectus being one of them.