These are Darren’s Eclectus pictures and story about Marco.

Darren’s Eclectus is trained for “free flight” and lets him fly outside.

Darren has some great photos of Marco outdoors. This is NOT for everyone. Darren has worked with his bird so that his bird returns to him, and he knows the risks involved. Do not try this with your parrot without doing your research and much training.

If you are interested in recall training, Darren has written an article for our Parrot Training page that will help you train your parrot indoors.

Red Sided Eclectus Red Sided Eclectus Red Sided Eclectus
Marco in a tree Marco flying free Marco’s Portrait

Marco, a Red Sided Eclectus, bred by Dean Moser from Colorado, was the first parrot I got after losing a Grey years ago. I’d seen the photos from Dean's website and really wanted a male Eclectus. He is gorgeous.

Let it not be said that Eclectus are quiet. At least mine is not. Especially when he knows it is feeding time .. he is a LOUD boy. He demands food when he wants it.

He is able to be touched by me pretty much anywhere and will tolerate me petting him, but I don't think he really loves it like a Macaw would. He will not let anyone else touch him, but he will go to anyone .. unless they are over anxious or he doesn't sense they are afraid.

I will say Marco is the SWEETEST bird when it comes to NO BITING. He has never even TRIED to bite me in almost 2 years now. He is the sweetest bird and VERY sensitive and soft about taking food from you etc. He doesn't have an aggressive bone, or feather (he he), in his body.

He is a pretty independent bird. He does like attention, talks ALOT, and at times prefers to be by himself to just play. He has made pretty good friends with my Red Fronted Macaw and they get along well, especially when flying together.

If you are interested in an Eclectus of any sub species, they require a HIGH VITAMIN A and low fat diet. I also use Organic Red Palm Oil to aid in the Vitamin A need. THEY NEED it. He eats like it's his last meal every day. They have ferocious appetites. If you have an Eclectus that doesn't eat, I'd see a Vet immediately. And, preferably one that is well trained in Avian Veterinary Medicine.

He's a GREAT joy and a beautifully florescent green and red under wings adding blue on the flight feathers and yellow tips to a blue tail. The other subspecies differ a bit. A well trained eye can tell the difference.

I would highly suggest a VERY good breeder who will help long after a sale and cares about the babies. They do need a special diet, but once you know it, it is simple to do. I cook birdie bread, beans/rice, fresh veggies and fruit, the palm oil and about 10% of the diet being seed. And, at that a HIGH QUALITY seed.

The Eclectus are dimorphic, meaning the sexes are EASILY told apart. The females are a deep and florescent RED and BLUE. They are gorgeous as well. The females, although not in every case, tend to be the aggressive ones as the Eclectus species is Matriarchal. Meaning the female runs the roost. The males are believed to be the more docile and easier kept pet. But, again, this is not in ALL cases .. :)

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