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.
** A special note about Eclectus Parrots — Eclectus Parrots have very particular dietary requirements. They need lots of fresh vegetables and plenty of calcium. Many enjoy fresh fruit as well, but variety is key. They also should not be fed foods with artificial coloring as it tends to mess with their feathers. An Eclectus that has been eating artificially colored foods may molt out his green feathers and grow yellow ones instead! When their dietary needs are not being met, these birds may resort to feather plucking. Zupreem Natural Pellets combined with Volkman Avian Science Super Eclectus seed diet is a good foundation for their primary diet.