(Eclectus roratus solomonensis
Eclectus are the supermodels of
parrots. Many people want them for their looks alone. The
species is dimorphic meaning that the male and female are
colored differently. The male has bright green feathers with a
beautiful beak that looks curiously like a candy corn. The
female has deep red head and shoulder feathers that turn into
navy blue on the lower body. Fortunately, their beauty is not
just feather deep or just another pretty face and beak. They
have a reputation for being somewhat independent, relatively
quiet, and less demanding of physical attention, making them a
good choice for the person on the go.
These are very good talkers and
may at first sound like the perfect pet. However they are around
14 inches long making them a little larger than most species.
They will require a larger cage. They are inquisitive and will
need a play-gym and plenty of swing toys. They are social, even
to strangers but may never win an award for being cuddly. For
this reason, they might be as good fit for a person who doesnít
want an overly touchy feely relationship with a bird. As with
any intelligent creature however, how you socialize them when
they are young, will to a great extent determine their
personality for life.