Scientific Name: Eclectus roratus polychloros
At Dysons Wood Aviaries we breed the New Guinea subspecies of Eclectus, also known as the Red-Sided Eclectus.
It joins eight other subspecies including the Grand Eclectus, the Aru Eclectus, the Vosmaeri Eclectus, the Solomon Island Eclectus, the Australian Eclectus, the Sumba Island Eclectus, the Biak Eclectus, and the Tanimbar Island Eclectus. There are distinct visual differences between the nine subspecies of Eclectus. One of the most striking is the Vosmaeri, in particular the Hens, being the only subspecies to have a purple abdomen met by blocks of yellow tail coverts.
We currently have one breeding pair. Eclectus Parrots are one of few dimorphic species of parrot, with an exceptionally clear difference between Cocks and Hens.
Because of the slow digestive tract, the Eclectus benefits from a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and native flora. Pellets should make up a minority. Around an 70:30 ratio would be appropriate.
Eclectus Parrots are fantastic vocalists, with striking colouration, great temperament, and a wonderful addition to any bird owner’s collection. Chris considers them to be one of the more difficult species to hand-rear, but they turn out to be fantastic companion birds.