Grand Eclectus


A common misunderstanding of the grand Eclectus is that they are the largest of the subspecies. The grand Eclectus may take more time to warm up to its owner, but be patient with these this intelligent bird. Grand Eclectus pet bird owners must be prepared for a pet bird whose personality will change through time. While grand Eclectus parrots are content with entertaining themselves, they need human interaction on a regular basis as well.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Many aviculturists agree that supplemental vitamins added to an Eclectus’s diet can contribute to “toe tapping,” a condition where the parrot’s toes repetitively extend and contract. Ask your avian veterinarian before adding supplements or manufactured foods to your pet Eclectus’s diet.

Eclectus parrots are susceptible to feather picking, respiratory infections and excessive chewing. They need higher vitamin-A than other parrots. Vitamin-A-enriched foods include carrots, squash, broccoli, kale and cooked sweet potatoes. Cases of feather picking in this pet bird are often caused by malnutrition and vitamin-A deficiency.

Eclectus parrots enjoy spending time with their owners, but these pet birds also like some quiet time alone. Eclectus owners should be prepared for a pet parrot whose personality will change through time. Provide Eclectus parrots with toys made of softer wood because their beaks are not as powerful as those of other parrots. Eclectus parrots enjoy wrapping their toes around their toys, so supervise your bird for any potential safety hazards.

Expert Advice

There is currently no expert advise for this species.

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
South Pacific
Medium, up to 14 inches
Life Expectancy:
Up to 40 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Moderate, can learn to talk if taught early on.