Estimating Age of Male Eclectus

by Michele
(Oregon)

We have a male eclectus who is most likely a Grand Eclectus(he's about 14 in. long from head to end of tail). We acquired him a couple years ago as a rescue, but his age is unknown even though he is definately an adult. He had some black streaking in his feathers when we first adopted him, a slightly overgrown beak and long claws--which all have been corrected with the proper diet.

He has quite a vocabulary from his past and has been known to literally cuss like a sailor. Once in a while he repeats words or phrases from his past that we've never heard since we've had him. At first he seemed to prefer women but now he seems to take to various individuals, male or female, if they are regular visiters to our home. I seem to have become his favorite (I'm an adult female with red hair--which I find humerous considering the coloration of the female eclectus).

If he is an older bird, would he still take to new people as easily? Or is this an indication he is a younger bird. I have been told his breed can live to 60 years or more. We have been given more than one estimate of his possible age. What is your opinion on estimating his age? Currently he has just completed a molt and his feathers are especially brilliant with yellow at the end of his tail feathers.

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Oct 03, 2011
Estimating the age of bird
by: The Avian Vet

If he is an older bird, would he still take to new people as easily?
Answer: Yes with proper socialization.

Or is this an indication he is a younger bird.
Answer: No this is not an indication of age.

I have been told his breed can live to 60 years or more.
Answer: Maybe. The oldest ones in captivity we know of are 35-40 and still doing well. We have not been breeding in captivity long enough to know how long they really live.

We have been given more than one estimate of his possible age. What is your opinion on estimating his age?
Answer: There is not possible way to estimate age in any parrot. After they get their adult coloring at age 6 months, you can no longer tell age.

Dr B

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