Female Eclectus Feather Discoloration

by Jonathon
(New Jersey)

Hello. My girlfriend and I own a female Solomon Island Eclectus. She is 2 going on three years old and was checked out at the vet about 4 months ago for her twice a year checkup. The vet told us that she was healthy. Her diet involves Roudy Bush pellets, a healthy seed mix that I can't remember the name of, veggies including Kale and Carrots and other veggies. She also gets chopped up fruit like cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, strawberries, all kinds of things. Oh, and Pomegranate when its available. That is her favorite. So I am pretty sure it isn't her diet.

Recently we have noticed that she has random orange splotches in her feathering around her head, and one on her belly. I tried doing some of my own research and read that this is only an indicator of bad nutrition if it is in rings around her feet or belly. If not, it was quite possible that she is a "mixed" eclectus.

I guess my question was about whether or not this could be serious, or if there was something diet related I am not getting.

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Nov 30, 2009
Female eclectus feather issue
by: The Vet

I would certainly take this seriously. Although the diet you describe sounds good, it could still be nutritional because we do not know much about Eclectus dietary requirements. I can recommend some improvements you can make in the diet that may make her better.

First I would switch her to Harrison's High Potency. This is a better diet because it is organic and it contains omega fatty acids, not found in other pellets. Harrison?s should make up 60% of the diet. The remainder should be mostly vegetables, some seeds and nuts, and then a little of the fruits, and other treats. This is the diet that I have found which make eclectus look beautiful and be the healthiest.

In addition to this diet, I recommend that you give your bird a full spectrum light for 4-6 hours per day. You should also bathe your bird 2-3 times weekly. Plain water is the best, but if you do more than 3-4 times weekly, at least one bath should be with Avi-x Bird Rain to prevent the skin and feathers from becoming dry.

It is possible that you have a hybrid, but I would make the changes recommended and them see after the next molt if there is improvement.

Dr B

Nov 27, 2009
Eclectus dieting
by: Anonymous

It does sound like you're doing a good job there.

As already mentioned she doesn't need a seed diet. You can offer them as a treat.

some ekkies can be very sensitive to certain foods, particularly pellets. If you feed your eclectus pellets they need to right for her. Organic & eclectus specific is recommended. Harrison's, Roudybush & dr. Macs are the most used pellet brands for ecelctus parrots.

If she's only starting to develop these feathers then it is most likely diet related. You can do absolutely everything right 7 still have something go wrong, it isn't uncommon in eclectus. They can have allergies & be sensitive to foods you wouldn't think of. Try giving her a natural pellet mix & see how she goes then.

You might also like to check out the eclectus parrots ideal diet here:
And add sprouts, more fruit & veg to her diet. Ideally they should have at least an 80% natural fresh soft healthy human food diet & 20% everything else including seed & pellet if you wish.

Eclectus do extremely well on all fresh food diets & no pellets or seed.

If the feathers end up yellowing then you might like to get her checked out for liver disease. Yellow feathers is a sign of this.

'Mix breads' don't produce different colour eclectus or odd colours. Genetics however can play a big part. It is rare but if it's genetics you have nothing to worry about as it won't affect her health, life span or ability in any way. Usually though if it's genetics it is noticed from when they're babies.

so if she hadn't been like this before you may need to look into her diet more.

Nov 26, 2009
Female Eclectus Feather Discoloration
by: Linda

Sounds like you are almost doing everything right, and my sincere thanks to you for that!

Your bird does not need to be eating a seed mix, as one of the high quality organic pelleted diets will be enough along with some fresh organic fruit and veggies. One note here is to stop feeding the cantaloupe and melons as these are what is called the "fungus" fruits. They are like mushrooms in that they cause a buildup of acid in the body which can cause lots of problems. Eggplant is another fungus veggie and watermelon is a fungus fruit as well. Feeding too much of these highly acidic foods can tip the natural balance over and cause fungus infections and other imbalance-related issues like a possible change in feather color.

Tracie carries some of the organic pellets out here, and my favorite is Harrison's. They make pellets for the Eclectus as well. There are also several other organic pelleted diets. I don't know what you are feeding now, and Zupreem and a few of the others are not as high quality as Harrisons plus food that has dyes in it is not healthy. Sugar is also used in some of the cheaper pelleted diets and some even use a chemical used in face creams and such that tastes sweet. Birds become addicted to anything tasting sweet and will forego healthy foods for the sweet stuff. I forget what the chemical name is that is put into a lot of bird food but Lafaeber's uses it or did some years' ago in their specialty foods. Always read ingredients and if you find any preservatives, dyes or other long chemical names you aren't sure of, look those chemicals up on the internet and see what your bird is actually eating.All preservatives are cancer-causing in birds, humans, dogs, cats and other animals. Dyes are not necessary as birds get used to their food and do not need all the color people want you to think they do.

So, this problem can be diet-related in that bird's feathers do sometimes change colors when nutrition is an issue. Try changing her over to one of the organic pellets Tracie has out here and see what happens six months or so down the line.

Again, thank you so much for loving your bird, and now, just go a few steps further and make her diet as high quality as you can feed. Your reward will be a long-lived, happy, energetic bird who will thank you in more ways than I can mention here. Many Blessings to You and Family,

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