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Sourcing reliable Eclectus Parrot information

Beautiful Mia

Sourcing reliable avian information can be a hit and miss affair because many websites provide inaccurate and misleading information.

As an aviculturist and avid avian researcher I have read countless parrot related websites. Some sites are wonderful and it is evident the person writing the information has had many years of hands on experience. However, not all sites offer accurate information and before following any advice, it pay’s to take the time to learn about the author and their level of expertise.

The internet offers a plethora of avian knowledge, passed on from people from all levels of experience. There are sites written by avian experts and aviculturists keen to share their wealth of knowledge. Some are written by pet owners who own a few of their chosen species, are passionate about their pets and enjoy sharing knowledge they have. Other authors are simply regurgitating the information they have read on other sites or books and sometimes this can lead to the spread of mis-information.

I have seen my own work on other avian websites over the years, written word for word. On one such occasion I contacted the person and requested they remove the plagiarized content. I checked back later only to find my work re-worded however the author had made so many errors while changing my copy that the advice they were giving was harmful and potentially deadly. It made me shudder to think of people following such advice, especially at the detriment to their parrot.

Before following the advice of the author, be sure the content is true and correct, especially when reading advice pertaining to avian health. The best people to source knowledge from are those who specialize in your chosen parrot and have had many years keeping, breeding, hand raising and working with companion parrots.

Reading books, keeping a few pets and regurgitating information is all well and good but when it comes right down to it, nothing beats hands on experience. Professional aviculturists work day in day out with their parrots, they are immersed in everything avian and the information they share is invaluable. Two of my favorite avian writers are both professional aviculturists. Rosemary Low who worked for Loro Parque for many years and Eb Cravens who runs his parrot business in Hawaii. Both share a wealth of knowledge that was learnt from working directly with parrots from neonates to mature birds. The information they provide was gleaned from years of research, understanding every aspect of each parrots unique needs, comparing these needs with others of the species and of course lot’s of trial and error.

I have worked extensively with Eclectus parrots for over a decade now and have learned more than I could ever have imagined. I have enjoyed the best of both worlds. I kept Eckies as companion parrots, learning the in’s and out’s of pet ownership while helping other Eckie owners from around the world. I also spent many years breeding Eckies, this opened my eyes to an entirely different aspect of this magnificent species. Taking a parrot through their many varying growth stages to become a well adjusted, fully fledged companion bird is an amazing experience; one I had time and time again.

So next time you’re surfing the internet, be sure to check the sites ‘about us’ page. You will soon learn whether you are reading information written by a professional, a hobbyist or a pet owner. When it comes to the health and wellbeing of your parrot, experience is everything and you want to be sure the person giving the advice is qualified to do so. If you are researching information for medical issues, always seek the advice of your avian vet.

Happy researching!

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Parrot emergency care

Medical emergencies are incredibly stressful; especially when they involve those we love. We never want to think of our Eckie being sick, in pain or injured. Unfortunately this can happen and we need to prepare ourselves and know what steps to take if an emergency situation arises.

Basic Emergency Care Overview

  • Keep calm and reassure your Eckie. Talk to them in a soft, calm voice. Always say their name. This will help keep them alert and focused on your voice
  • Assess your parrot and their surroundings to determine what may have caused the injury
  • Pick your Eckie up gently. If required, support their head and neck
  • Do not lay your Eckie on their back
  • Remove anything that may be obstructing their airways. Pry open their beak and remove the foreign object. You may need to use a Q-tip if the object is covered in saliva. This will help give you a little more control when removing the object
  • Stop any bleeding
  • Remove any objects they may be tangled or caught in
  • Keep your Eckie warm by gently wrapping them in a warm towel. They will need to maintain their body temperature to keep them stabilised
  • Take them to a quiet room to examine them. Some wounds may be obvious while others may take some time to discover
  • Keep your parrot in a horizontal position and examine them carefully. Start with their head and work your way down their body. Try to be as gentle as possible. This is a visual examination to determine the extent of the injury
  • Call your avian vet if required and provide them with a detailed description of the situation
  • If your parrot has suffered a fracture, gently support the wound. If a bone is protruding, cover it with sterilised gauze. If the wound is bleeding, gently apply pressure. Ensure the injured limb is kept immobile, especially during transportation to the vet
  • Take all necessary items with you to the vet, e.g. faeces sample or any objects that may have been swallowed or poisoned your parrot
  • Do not feed the parrot any food or water until a vet has examined them
  • Place your Eckie in your emergency carrier for the drive to the vet. Line this carrier with soft warm towel to prevent them from being jostled during the drive
  • Alternatively, hold your Eckie gently while another person drives
  • Drive as carefully as possible. The last thing you want to do is speed and have an accident
  • Reassure your Eckie on the drive to the vets and ensure you stay as calm as possible

Note: If your Eckie suffers illness or injury, seek the advice of your avian vet immediately.

Safe and dangerous plants for parrots

Parrot Safe Plants

Safe and Dangerous Plants

Parrots love chewing on branches, it is our kids favorite pastime. However, it is important that we keep our kids safe by providing them with safe plants and branches.  Always Ensure you hose down foliage to remove any wild bird faeces or residue before placing it in your Eckies cage.

Here is a list of safe and poisonous plants and trees for you to reference:

Provided by Jamie Dixon-Keay
Jamie has worked as a qualified horticulturist for the past 25 years. He holds an advanced diploma in conservation and land management.

Safe plants and trees

  • African Violet
  • Aloe Vera
  • Apple
  • Arbutus
  • Ash
  • Aspen
  • Autumn Olive
  • Baby Tears
  • Bamboo
  • Bee Balm
  • Beech
  • Begonia
  • Birch
  • Bottlebrush (Callistemon species)
  • Bougainvillea
  • Butterfly bush
  • Chickweed
  • Christmas cactus
  • Citrus
  • Coleus
  • Callistemon
  • Comfrey
  • Coneflower
  • Corn Plant
  • Cottonwood
  • Crab Apple
  • Dandelion
  • Dogwood
  • Donkey Tail
  • Dracaena varieties
  • Elm
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ferns (asparagus, Bird’s nest, Boston, Maidenhair)
  • Figs (creeping, rubber, fiddle leaf, laurel leaf, weeping)
  • Fir
  • Forsythia
  • Gardenia
  • Grape Ivy
  • Grape Vine
  • Guava
  • Hawthorn
  • Hen & Chickens
  • Hibiscus
  • Honey locust
  • Huckleberry
  • Jade Plant
  • Kalanchoe
  • European Larch tree, Larix decidua
  • Magnolia
  • Marigold
  • Monkey Plant
  • Mulberry
  • Nasturtium
  • Natal Plum
  • Norfolk Island Pine
  • Nut (except chestnut and oak)
  • Palms (areca, date, fan, lady, parlour, howea or Kentia, sago, phoenix)
  • Papaya
  • Pear
  • Peperomia
  • Petunia
  • Poplar
  • Prayer Plant
  • Prune
  • Purple Passion (velvet nettle)
  • Quince
  • Ribbonwood
  • Sassafras
  • Sensitive Plant
  • Sequoia (Redwood)
  • Spider Plant
  • Spruce
  • Swedish Ivy
  • Thistle
  • Wandering Jew
  • Wax Plant
  • White Clover
  • Willow
  • Zebra Plant

Poisonous plants and trees

  • Acokanthera (fruit & flowers)
  • Aconite (Monkshood, roots, flower, leaves)
  • Amaryllis (bulbs contain alkaloids)
  • Angel trumpet tree (flower & leaves)
  • Apple seeds (see Cherry Laurel)
  • Atropa belladona (all parts)
  • Azaleas, Rhododendrons (all parts)
  • Anemone (wildflower)
  • Anthurium
  • Arum Lily
  • Avocado
  • Apricot seeds (see Cherry Laurel)
  • Australian Flame Tree
  • Autumn Crocus (bulbs)
  • Balsam Pear
  • Baneberry (red & white berries, roots & foliage)
  • Beach pea
  • Betel Nut Palm (all parts)
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Bishop’s Weed
  • Bittersweet (berries)
  • Black Laurel
  • Black Locust (bark, sprouts, foliage)
  • Bleeding Heart, Dutchman’s Breeches (foliage, roots)
  • Bloodroot
  • Bluebonnets (all parts)
  • Bottlebrush (Aesculus Parviflora variety)
  • Boxwood (all parts)
  • Bracken fern
  • Buckeye Nut, Horse-chestnuts (sprouts, nuts)
  • Buckthorn
  • Bulb flowers (amaryllis, daffodil, hyacinth, narcissus, iris)
  • Burdock
  • Buttercup (all parts)
  • Cacao
  • Caladium (all parts)
  • Calla Lilly (all parts)
  • Camel Bush
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Carolina Jessamine (flowers, leaves & sap)
  • Cassava (roots)
  • Cherries (twigs, foliage are fatal)
  • Castor bean (seeds are fatal)
  • Chalice (trumpet vine)
  • Cherry Laurel (all parts are dangerous, contains hydrocyanic acid)
  • Cherry seeds
  • China Berry Tree (berries)
  • Chokeberry
  • Christmas Berry (berries)
  • Christmas Candle
  • Christmas Rose (all parts)
  • Clematis, Virginia bower
  • Climbing Lilly
  • Columbine (all parts)
  • Cocklebur
  • Coffee Senna
  • Coffeebean – rattlebush, rattlebox, coffeeweed
  • Common Privet (black or blue wax coated berries & leaves)
  • Corncockle
  • Coyotillo
  • Cowslip
  • Crocus (bulbs)
  • Croton (outdoor plants)
  • Crown of Thorns
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil (bulbs)
  • Daphne (berries are fatal)
  • Datura
  • Deadly Amanita
  • Deadly nightshade (all parts)
  • Death Camas (all parts, roots deadly)
  • Delphinium (all parts)
  • Destroying Angel (all parts)
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Dieffenbachia (all parts, especially sap)
  • Dogwood (fruit slightly poisonous)
  • Elderberry (leaves, shoots, bark)
  • Elephant ears – taro (all parts)
  • English Ivy (berries)
  • Ergot
  • Euphorbia (leaves & flowers)
  • Euonymus – spindle tree
  • False Hellbore (all parts especially root)
  • Felt Plant – maternity plant, air plant, panda plant
  • Firethorn
  • Flame Tree
  • Fly Agaric (all plants)
  • Four O’Clock, Mirabilis (all parts)
  • Foxglove (all parts fatal)
  • Gelsemium (all parts)
  • Glottidium
  • Golden chain (seeds, pods may be fatal)
  • Ground Cherry
  • Heaths – kalmia, leucotho, peires, rhododendron, mountain laurel, black laurel, andromeda
  • Heliebore (all parts)
  • Heliotrope
  • Hemlock (all parts)
  • Henbane (all parts)
  • Holly (leaves, berries)
  • Honeysuckle
  • Horse Chestnut (all parts)
  • Horsetail Reed (all parts)
  • Hyacinth Bulbs (can be fatal)
  • Hydrangea (whole plant)
  • Impatiens (whole plant)
  • Iris (underground stems)
  • Ivy (all parts)
  • Jack in the Pulpit (root)
  • Jatropha (seeds & oils)
  • Jasmine Yellow (all parts)
  • Jessamine Cestrum nocturnum (berries fatal)
  • Jerusalem cherry (fruits & leaves)
  • Jimson Weed (all parts)
  • Juniper
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Lambkill (leaves)
  • Larkspur (foliage, roots, seeds)
  • Latana Camara (green berries fatal)
  • Laurels (all parts fatal)
  • Lily of the Valley (all parts)
  • Lobelia (all parts)
  • Locoweed (all parts)
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Lupine (seeds)
  • Machineel (all parts)
  • Malanga
  • Marijuana (all parts)
  • Marigold
  • May Apple (all parts)
  • Mescal (all parts)
  • Mexican Breadfruit
  • Mexican Poppy
  • Milkweed (all parts)
  • Mistletoe (berries fatal)
  • Moccasin Flower (all parts)
  • Mock Orange (all parts)
  • Monkshood (foliage, fleshy roots)
  • Moonseed (berries possibly fatal)
  • Morning Glories (all parts)
  • Mountain Laurel (young leaves & shoots)
  • Mushrooms & Toadstools (wild types)
  • Narcissus Bulbs (can be fatal)
  • Natal Cherry (berries)
  • Nettles
  • Nicotiana (wild & cultivated – leaves)
  • Nightshades (all parts)
  • Oaks (foliage, acorns)
  • Oleander (foliage)
  • Peach seeds (see Cherry Laurel)
  • Pear seeds (see Cherry Laurel)
  • Peppercorn Tree
  • Peony (all parts)
  • Periwinkle (whole plant)
  • Philodendron (leaves & sap)
  • Photinia Robusta (poisonous seeds and flowers)
  • Pigweed
  • Pikeweed
  • Pinks (all parts)
  • Plum seeds (see Cherry Laurel)
  • Pokeweed (roots)
  • Poinciana
  • Poinsetta (leaves, sap fatal)
  • Poison Hemlock (all parts fatal)
  • Poison Ivy (all parts)
  • Poison Oak
  • Poison Sumac (all parts)
  • Poppies (all except California)
  • Potato (sprouts, foliage fatal)
  • Privet (leaves, fruits)
  • Pyracantha
  • Rain Tree
  • Ranunculus (all parts)
  • Rape
  • Redwood (wood chips toxic to fish, turtles & other aquatic animals)
  • Rhubarb (leaves, leaf blade fatal)
  • Rosary Pea (seeds fatal)
  • Rosemary (certain leaves)
  • Sandbox Tree
  • Sage (certain leaves)
  • Scotch Broom (seeds)
  • Senecio (all parts)
  • Shinus Mollis
  • Skunk Cabbage (roots)
  • Snapdragon (all parts)
  • Snow on the Mountain
  • Snowdrop
  • Sorrel – dock
  • Squirrel Corn (all parts)
  • Star of Bethlehem (all parts)
  • Stranomium (all parts)
  • Sweet Pea (stems)
  • Tansy (all parts)
  • Taro (stems, leaves)
  • Thornapple
  • Tiger Lilly (all parts)
  • Toadstools
  • Tobacco Plants (all parts)
  • Tomato (foliage, vines)
  • Tulip bulbs
  • Trumpet Vine (all parts)
  • Virginia Creeper
  • Venus Flytrap (all parts)
  • Water Hemlock (all parts fatal)
  • Wattle
  • Wild Black Cherry (withered leaves)
  • Wisteria (seeds, pods)
  • Yam Bean
  • Yellow Jasmine (all parts)
  • Yellow Oleander (all parts)
  • Yews (foliage, berries)

Eclectus Care – Household dangers

Keep your Eclectus Parrot safe in the home

The home can be a dangerous place for our feathered kids. If there is a way for Eckies to get into trouble, they will inadvertently find it.

Household Dangers

If your parrot is housed indoors then there are many hazards you must be aware of in order to make your home a bird safe environment. Parrots have an extremely complex respiratory system, very different to that of our own, and are therefore much more susceptible to any sprays, fumes or poisons. For Example:

  • Fumes given off by an over heated or burning Teflon pan are toxic to birds and can kill them almost instantly
  • Plug in air fresheners, incense, and most household deodorisers
  • Fly sprays, hair sprays and toilet sprays
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Very clean windows, birds can’t see them and can injure themselves by crashing into them at high speed
  • Be aware of young children with birds. They must be closely supervised at all times as birds do not respond well to the stress involved in a child innocently handling a parrot too roughly
  • Ceiling fans
  • Other household pets
  • Cockroach and mice baits
  • Reclining chairs (can pose a serious risk if your Eckie is prone to exploring)
  • Boiling pots on the stove
  • Floor time (many Eckies love to roam around on the floor.  Closely supervise any floor-time to prevent your Eckie from being accidentally trodden on.
  • Toilet seats left up (this is great excuse to get the man of the house to put the lid down)
  • Lead weights in curtains (many sheer, lace, fabric and privacy curtains contain lead and will cause heavy metal poisoning if ingested)
  • Vertical or venetian blinds (parrots can become tangled in the cord or blind)
  • Office chairs (accidentally rolling back and crushing your parrot)
  • Electrical cords

Naming only a few. It is our responsibility to be vigilant at all times to ensure our parrot’s environment is a safe one for them to live in.

Teflon poisoning

Teflon poisoning is a rapid and lethal gaseous intoxication that can affect all birds. This occurs when cookware is left on the stove and overheats. Overheating causes teflon to produce a gas called Polytetrafluoroethylene. This gas is not harmful to larger animals but due to the parrots complex respiratory system, it will kill them almost instantly. Parrots suffering a severe case of PTFE poisoning may drop from their perch or display signs of respiratory distress such as open-mouth breathing or tail bobbing. You may hear the parrot breathing loudly, gasping for air and death is often inevitable. Parrot owners should avoid using teflon pans or other teflon items in the home. We use Scanpan™ cookware, however there are many safe alternatives such as stainless steel. The more we can do to keep our kids safe in the home, the better.

Household items that are toxic to parrots

  • Acetone
  • Air fresheners
  • Ammonia
  • Ant killer – syrup, granules or paste
  • Bleach/pool chemicals
  • Boric acid
  • Carpet fresheners
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Cigar smoke
  • Cleaning agents
  • Cockroach bait
  • Copper and brass cleaners
  • Deodorants
  • Detergents (if ingested)
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain cleaner
  • Epoxy glue
  • Fertilizers
  • Flea bombs
  • Fly Sprays (especially surface sprays that leave a residue)
  • Floor polish
  • Furniture polish (if ingested, parrot may walk over newly polished furniture and then preen, inadvertently ingesting the polish)
  • Gasoline
  • Glue
  • Gun cleaner
  • Gun powder
  • Hair dyes
  • Hair sprays
  • Herbicides
  • Incense
  • Insecticides
  • Kerosine
  • Lighter fluid
  • Lye
  • Matches
  • Marijuana
  • Matches
  • Metholated Spirits
  • Model glue
  • Mold – the fungal spores are inhaled by the parrot causing the respiratory disease aspergillosis.
  • Mothballs
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover
  • Nicotine – transferred to parrot via owners hands
  • Oven cleaners
  • Paint
  • Paint remover
  • Paint thinner
  • Perfumes
  • Permanent markers
  • Pesticides
  • Pine oil
  • Plug in air fresheners
  • Prescription and non prescription drugs
  • Rodent poison/baits
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Scented candles
  • Shaving lotion
  • Shoe polish
  • Silver polish
  • Snail bait
  • Spray starch
  • Suntan lotion
  • Super glue
  • Tea tree oil
  • Teflon pans (emit a toxic chemical called Polytetrafluoroethylene that will cause dyspnea or in some cases sudden death in parrots)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Turpentine
  • Week killers
  • Window cleaner

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Health Information

Noticing and understanding slight changes in your Eckie is critical to saving their life. Our feathered kids will try to tell us they are sick and if we know what to look for, we can better understand their cues. Monitor your Eckie on a daily basis. Take note of slight changes in behaviour, eating habits, weight loss, mood changes, feather quality and droppings.

Keeping weight charts helps monitor normal weight fluctuations and alerts you to abnormal weight loss.

The basic signs of an unwell bird are as follows:

  • Fluffing up their feathers to retain body heat. Hunkering down close to the perch
  • Lethargy
  • Regurgitation – other than normal hormonal related regurgitation
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Continued sneezing (This is not always a sign of illness. Parrots may sneeze for a variety of reasons: dust, pollen, airborne irritants, change in weather, dry air or they may have a small feather irritating their nares. Ensure you monitor your Eckie closely to rule out irritants.)
  • Wet or dry encrusted mucus around the nares
  • Change in demeanour e.g. depression, aggression
  • Dirty feathers or unkempt plumage
  • Decreased vocalisation
  • Unusual droppings
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased defecating
  • Increased thirst
  • Sudden feather picking or irritated behaviour
  • Vomiting (This is different to regurgitation-Parrots shake their heads vigorously when vomiting and food will often be found on the top of their head.)
  • Inability to perch including hunkering down on the bottom of the cage
  • Tail bobbing – can indicate respiratory infection and serious illness
  • Open mouth breathing – can indicate respiratory infection and serious illness
  • Dizziness – unable to stand up, unable to walk or fly
  • Head tilting abnormally
  • Seizures

If your Eckie is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, please seek veterinary assistance immediately. Don’t wait to see how they go. Parrots have lost their lives unnecessarily because people wait to see if the illness will get worse. Many illnesses can be overcome if detected and treated in the very early stages.

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We are dedicated to helping owners understand the importance of avian health. Our book ‘The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots’ contains extensive information about Eclectus health, emergency care and how to keep your Eckie healthy and safe in the home.

This chapter includes information on:

  • Household dangers
  • Weight checks
  • The Eclectus moult
  • The importance of flight
  • The importance of worming
  • Nail trimming
  • Eckie safe plants
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Emergency care
  • And many more topics!

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