Red-Sided Eclectus


The red-sided Eclectus often enjoys asserting its personality while interacting with its owner. Expect a curious and intelligent pet bird that needs stimulating toys and lots of socialization. Because the red-sided Eclectus parrots are known to form a strong bond with their owners, they are often considered sweet and affectionate pet birds.

While red-sided Eclectus parrots are content with entertaining themselves, they need human interaction on a regular basis as well. Female red-sided Eclectus parrots have heavier, more rounded bodies while males are slimmer. Female red-sided Eclectus are mostly red and have purple-blue chest feathers. Males are shades of green with some blue and yellow coloration, depending on the species. Mature female red-sided Eclectus parrots have an all-black beak while males have red, yellow and orange beaks.

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 advice for this species.

Breed Details

Native Region:
South Pacific
14 inches
Life Expectancy:
up to 40 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Moderate; can learn to talk if socialized early.