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We put the boys out on the balcony today -- just rolled the giant cages out there -- and they really enjoyed the sunlight and fresh air. They loved watching the birds at the bird feeder and attracted lots of attention with their chatter and screeching calls. It was a beautiful day overall and I'm really happy that the monkeys got their fresh air.



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18 March 2009 @ 01:47 pm


It has been stated that Eclectus are very laid back, background type birds. They like to observe. They like to contemplate. They like to admire and deduce. Kiwi, my Vosmaeri boy, is this way. Tori was definitely this way. Simon? He has the personality of a monkey on acid aka a caique. He is a tornado with wings and a candy corn beak. I simply cannot imagine where he's getting all this energy from. Now, don't get me wrong, he is fully capable of sitting calmly, taking in surroundings and snoozing away whenever the mood strikes him but when he gets into play-mode, it's all over. I've known many Eclectus that debunk the theory of being "wallpaper" birds.

I also started thinking about their names and perhaps what their names might symbolize about them. I think Kiwi is the obvious one. Fuzzy. Green... Fuzzy.

I looked up Simon's name and its definition is: "It is heard or He has heard" Hahahaha! The "It is heard" makes a great deal of sense.

My friend's SI Eclectus is the same way as Simon. His name is Twister. No mystery there.

Tori means "bird" in Japanese and I didn't know this when I named her. I think she fit her name very well.

I'd be interested to know what you thought of when you named your Eclectus, how that name has suited them and if you have a laid back bird or a tornado bird like Simon is. Input is welcome!


 
 
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15 March 2009 @ 05:56 pm




This is a video of the studies of Eclectus by Robert Heinsohn, PhD (the same person who wrote the "Ecology and Evolution of the Enigmatic Eclectus Parrot" article you can read in one of the earlier entries of this community. (HERE)



Just look at the quality of plumage of these Eclectus in the wild!
Shiny, perfect and simply stunning.

When you see the first male fly up to the female in the hollow, that side-to-side head movement is exactly what Simon does when he flies up to Kiwi. My poor, confused little green monkey!

It's amazing that this type of mating is not seen anywhere else in the world - the polyandry (females mate with more than 1 male) and polygynandry (males mate with more than 1 female and females mate with more than 1 male) sheds some light on why the Eclectus in captivity and without a real mate tend to go toward such apparent feather-destruction and frustration when they are unable to tend to their instinct appropriately and forage freely for over 40 miles at a time.





 
 
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When I started taking Tori in for Red Light Therapy, I talked to one of the vet techs about an Eclectus boy named Ickey who was a severe feather-puller and mutilator that was often there. This was a couple years ago. I recently reconnected with Ickey because it turned out that he was now seeing the same veterinarian that I take my boys to, who is truly an amazing and knowledgeable woman whom I feel lucky to have come across. I was very surprised that the networks and connections are so tight and small when it comes to Eclectus and at the same time even more surprised with how many people near me actually own Eclectus as Icky is not the only one that comes in to see her. My vet also owns an SI boy herself which is what made me come to her in the first place.

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12 March 2009 @ 04:08 pm


This trail mix that I make has a few things in it that an allergy-sensitive, wheat-sensitive, peanut-sensitive and corn-sensitive Eclectus might not be able to tolerate. I am blessed that my boys to not currently exhibit sensitivity to the foods I feed them but here are some precautions before I post my photos and ingredients. *Please help me add to this list if you have more foods you know your Eclectus is allergic or sensitive to.*

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12 March 2009 @ 12:04 pm



I promised to post recipies for the mashes I make my green monkeys. You can also catch the past ones over here by Kiwi's journal at Dinner Mash. I'll be posting them here at the community from now on.

#1.
Ela's Dinner Mash

This is a very easy and inexpensive way to feed healthy, yummy, wholesome dinner to your Eclectus (or any other parrot). I suggest changing up the types of veggies each time so that proper nutrition can be accounted for and no one nutrient is left out. Even my vet asked me for a sample and her Eclectus really loves it.

To start, I use the Volkman's 15 Minute Soak and Serve as a base and have preached its convenience and quality to many friends with Eclectus that need more variety whose owners need a less expensive but inclusive alternative to the diet.

You can obtain it here for $9.99 plus shipping for a 2lb. bag. Chirp N Squawk - Volkman 15 Minute Soak and Serve

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Volkman's 15 Minute Soak and Serve
1 Bunch Leafy Greens (like Kale or Mustard Greens or Dandelion)
1 Small Sweet Potato
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Green Pepper
1/2 Cup frozen Edamame (Japanese Soy Bean)

Put about 3/4 cup soak and serve in hot or boiling water and turn off heat. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.

Peel the sweet potato and cut up into small pieces.

Boil about 3 cups of water. Once boiling, throw in the frozen Edamame. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove Edamame from boiling water into side dish. Throw the sweet potato into the already boiling water. Because you cut it into smaller pieces, it shouldn't take too long to boil. Approximately 10 minutes should do it. Poke it with a fork to check the softness. Once soft it's done.

While that cooks, cut up the bunch of leafy greens and peppers into small pieces. Rinse. Get large mixing bowl and place the 15 Minute Soak N Serve into bowl then about half of the greens and peppers into the bowl with the mix. Place remaining greens and peppers into ziploc bag and put this into the freezer for future mash making.

Drain the sweet potato and wait to cool a little before cutting into even smaller pieces so that it makes a soft mash. Add all of sweet potato into the bowl. Add Edamame and finally mix everything up.


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This took me about a half hour to make. Remember, this is so versatile that it's funny. I use the Volkman's as a mix because it contains all kinds of great things like "Barley, Paddy Rice, Red Lentils, Carrot Dices, Split Green Peas, Diced Bell Pepers, Rolled Corn, Oat Groats, Banana Chips, Tree Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts), Hulled Pumpkin Seed, Fruit Medly (sun-dried diced peaches, nectarines, apricots,pears, golden raisins, black currants, cranberries), Peanuts, Apple Dices, Coconut Chips and Dehydrated Green Peas". Then I just add whatever veggies I please. Can you say simple?

I keep half in the fridge and freeze half for later but I have 2 medium-large parrots therefore if you only have one, keep a quarter in the fridge and divide up quarter portions to freeze. This will last you quite a while.

A couple things I'd definitely leave out of the mash unless you're going to add it in daily is broccoli and cauliflower. They start to smell very badly after a short period of time and it would be a shame to ruin a whole batch because of stinky veggies.

Oh, and $20 bucks says your birds go for the Edamame first.

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Today I am going to the whole foods market to get things for their dry, trail mix and will post photos of that once it's prepared.


 
 
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11 March 2009 @ 11:24 am




One of the main "issues" with Eclectus as I've come to know it, are their very elaborate dietary needs. Many folks (including some veterinarians) would argue that pellets are a "good-enough" diet for *all* parrots yet this is a notion that I cannot agree with. While I have heard of a few Eclectus doing well on pellet diet, most of those I have witnessed are at least somehow adversely affected. Least of such are the dull, matte value of the Eclectus plummage. My current Avian veterinarian, a wonderful woman who I am thanking heavens I've found, owns an Eclectus and does feed him pellets. She and I have had lengthy discussions about pellets and she's asked me about the effects I might have noted on healthy, non-feather-destroying birds. I told her the first and foremost thing I always notice is the dryness, dullness of the feathers. She readilly agreed and noted that her own healthy Eclectus exhibits this very affliction. She loves Simon's glowing, deep green and healthy feathers as a comparison.

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Ecology and Evolution of the Enigmatic Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus Roratus)

Robert HeinsohnPhD


From the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia


ABSTRACT
Eclectus parrots (Eclectus roratus) exhibit a form of reversed sexual dichromatism (plumage coloration) not found in other birds. The females are a striking vermilion and blue, whereas the males are shiny green. Here, I summarize the major findings of a 10-year research program conducted on a wild population of eclectus parrots on Cape York Peninsula, Australia, aimed primarily at understanding the ecologic and evolutionary forces behind their unique coloration. Unlike most other parrots, eclectus parrots breed polyandrously (where multiple males mate with 1 female) and polygynandrously (where both sexes have multiple sexual partners). Their mating system appears to be driven by a shortage of nest hollows. Females with good nest sites are rare, and this forces males to share females. The red plumage of females acts as a signal of nest hollow ownership, whereas the green of males allows them to be camouflaged while foraging to feed the females and chicks. Eclectus parrots can also control the sex of their offspring, although the reasons for this are not yet clear.

Keywords: dichromatism, mating system, nest hollow, plumage color, sex allocation, avian, eclectus parrot, Eclectus roratus

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10 March 2009 @ 04:26 pm


Greetings Fellow Lovers and Companions of the Eclectus Roratus Parrot!

This community has been created as a means for us to express, share, learn and contribute to our knowledge of this incredible, dimorphic parrot. Please feel free to join and post entries relating to the Eclectus only as well as nutritional information and veterinary resources. We also welcome resources for toys, supplies such as carriers, lighting and cages that our Eclectus particularly enjoy. My goal is to bring us together to create an easily accessible and accurate information center where we can discuss all matters pertaining to sharing our lives with our Eclectus parrots.

I dedicate this community to one of the most special, amazing and sensitive Eclectus girls I've ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with, Tori who was also known as the Little Red Doll. I had started a journal for her here: littlereddoll. Tori came to me at 4 months of age back when I had no idea what an Eclectus parrot was. Her first two years were spent with me adoring and loving her more than any creature I've known and during this time I learned as much as possible about her heritage. It was after she had turned two years of age that the most devastating experience of my life had begun - Tori had started to pull all her feathers out and did not stop until she was mostly bare. The next five years were spent with me doing everything imaginable to help her, cure her, figure out why she was doing this. Through painstaking effort and devotion, I received an incredible wealth of knowledge from the professionals I introduced Tori to. Many of these folks are my dearest and closest friends. Many are learned Avian veterinarians who fell in love with Tori the instant they met her. Yet many of them are folks just like you -- online friends whose information, experiences and input are invaluable when it came to caring for Tori and her sensitive needs. Tori's struggle with ill health and featherpulling came to an end when she passed away suddenly on April 17, 2008, last year. My grief over her loss is so deep that often I cannot seem to be able to find a way out from under it. I am devastated and still in disbelief that the most precious creature in my life is no longer here with me, that ultimately no matter what I did turned out to be a failure in the end. I think about Tori every day, write letters to her in my personal journal and continually acknowledge (as many others do) that she was my Soul-Bird. I believe that starting a line of communication in her memory will yield fruitfull results as it will connect friends with similar worries and new situations together to ultimately save lives in the long run.

Please join me, join us, in celebrating this amazing creature.

Sincerely,

ElaBird
Moderator & Community Owner


Tori aka Little Red Doll
October 15, 2001 - April 17, 2008

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