How We Were Evacuated In A Raft With Our Eclectus Parrot

male (green) eclectus parrot
regurgitating into female (red) eclectus parrots beak


Jerri M. asks

We live in NC and as you are probably aware, Hurricane Matthew has created some problems.


We were evacuated in a raft, with our Eclectus Parrot.


Since we have returned home, she is acting stressed and exhibiting behaviors that I have not witnessed before this.


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Setting The Record Straight About Feeding Eclectus Parrots

There is so much conflicting information on pellets and eclectus parrots (the potential to overload on vitamins).


I have been giving them about 10 [pellets] a couple times a week.


I wanted to know your thoughts on this.


I do try to feed them a very balanced diet but I know we can’t cover everything.


Thanks for your help.


Susan G.


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What Human Foods And Spices Are Good For Pet Birds

relating to or characterized by anthropomorphism.
having human characteristics.
“anthropomorphic bears and monkeys”

I love that word.

I like how it feels on the tongue.

It’s also a big reason we see so many failures with pet bird care.

We make chop because salads are healthy for us.


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What are the absolute worst types of parrots for a first-time bird owner?

Once again, although well-intentioned, people are breaking down your choices into the macro of species (Quora question).

One answer started with

  1. Cockatoos
  2. Macaws
  3. Amazons

Yet these three species come in close to a combined 100 flavors.


Major Mitchell cockatoos are not loud, and not necessarily cuddly


Bare eyed cockatoos are all but demure


Noble macaws are only 12 to 14 inches long.


Hyacinth macaws are up to 44 inches long – 4 times the size of a noble macaw.


You can’t compare the two just because the are macaws.


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Eclectus toe tapping and wing flipping issues

Image above – Female Eclectus r. vosmaeri at North Carolina Zoo, no other subspecies combines a purple abdomen and clear yellow undertail coverts.

Hi Mitch,

I just read your piece on eclectus, and I have a question.


If the elongated digestive tract is urban myth, then why does my bird develop the eclectus toe-tapping and wing-flipping if he has been given regular pellets and/or too many vitamins?

What would cause this?





Let’s start with the toe tapping wings flapping things.



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Eclectus Parrot Elongated Digestive Tract – Fact Or Fiction?
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Eclectus Parrot Elongated Digestive Tract – Fact Or Fiction?

Here’s an earlier eclectus parrot feeding question from our database:

I’ve read different articles on how much fruit to give my ekkies.

Some say it is ok to give them as much as they eat and others say the veggies should be their top priority.

I do try to give them an equal amount but it seems they have gotten picky about their vegetables lately.

I have been giving them different varieties and mixing up how I serve them – warm, cool, different spices on them but they still prefer the fruit.


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