Mating Season

by Mindy
(Columbus, OH)

I have a male Eclectus Parrot that is 10 years old. The last couple of months he has been trying to mate with my female friends that come over to my house. I was wondering how long this will last and if there is anything I should do to keep him from doing this? He does not do this to me or any male friends. I have no plans of getting him a mate. I am the third owner of this bird and he had never done this before and I have owned him for over 3 years.

Please advise!

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May 20, 2010
THANKS
by: Mindy

I just want to thank you for your suggestions. I will try them out and hopefully he will calm down on trying to mate with my female friends. He is very social bird but just now he is overly friendly.

Thanks again!

May 17, 2010
distract him
by: Anonymous

His hormones are a natural thing so unfortunately you can't stop it. But you discourage it & distract him. Distract him onto some favourite toys or treat. Try & watch his body language. If you know he's about to do it, remove him & place him on the stand. Don't tell him off, just calmly remove him.
& more tolerable than other parrot species.

The time it will last can vary. Eclectus hormonal periods are usually shorter
You can also visit an eclectus site for more information.

http://eclectusparrots.net/

Good luck with

May 16, 2010
Mating Season
by: Linda

This is NOT something to be overly concerned about as breeding season comes and goes as will his romantic inclinations. Allow him his freedom of expression, and if these ladies are becoming unduly upset, then put bird somewhere else when those particular people come over.You can also take him and put him in cage with an admonishment about how he should be a much nicer boy.This would be better as he'll start to associate being put in cage with his sexual advances which is what you want here.

This can also be a form of acting out. You said he'd been in several homes now, and parrots get worse and worse every time they are moved. Moving them is usually because previous owner just did not understand what getting a parrot meant, and as soon as they figured out that this creature has needs and is messy, loud and generally the wild animal that he IS, then that's just too much, so he must be moved. This happens with most of the parrots out there right now. Most get moved around up to 10 times and take their old behaviors with them and add some more to them in new home.

So, your parrot is an exotic wild animal, and he is acting exactly as a wild animal would act. He gets all excited once or twice a year, and will be attracted to human females since he is without a mate. I DO NOT ADVOCATE BREEDING BIRDS BECAUSE SO MANY ARE IN HORRIBLE SITUATIONS AS WE SPEAK. I thank you for opting to NOT breed.

When he starts the sensual behavior, take him and place him gently in his cage and say something like, "you need to stop doing that". You don't have to yell at him, just let him know that you are not pleased with his pickup line!

Once breeding season goes away, your sweet little boy will return. Mature parrots both male and female all have their own versions of this. My female Macaw used to pull my hair out by the roots when she was all ready to mate as she viewed me as her enemy. I almost went bald in front top from her meanness. She'd settle down then for about another 6 months, and I started wearing head gear to clean her cage to keep what hair I had in my head!

There are also some training materials on site you may wish to look at, because a more professional trainer may have some good ideas to help you.You cannot change the fact that he is a full grown male, but you may able to train him to be more polite. His behavior may also be partly jealousy of the other ladies.Let us know how this goes as your information could help another bird to NOT be abused by an ignorant person who does not understand who they brought into their home.

Linda

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