Eclectus Parrots: Everything about Purchase, Care, Feeding, and Housing

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Native to Indonesia and New Guinea, these handsome birds require a high-fiber diet with lots of fruit and greens. All Complete Pet Owner's Manuals are heavily illustrated with color photos and line art, and are filled with reliable, easy-to-understand information on pet care. The many titles in this series show and tell pet owners how to care for dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, gerbils, hamsters, and virtually every other animal that is kept as a pet. The books give advice on purchasing and otherwise ...
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Overview


Native to Indonesia and New Guinea, these handsome birds require a high-fiber diet with lots of fruit and greens. All Complete Pet Owner's Manuals are heavily illustrated with color photos and line art, and are filled with reliable, easy-to-understand information on pet care. The many titles in this series show and tell pet owners how to care for dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, gerbils, hamsters, and virtually every other animal that is kept as a pet. The books give advice on purchasing and otherwise acquiring a pet, maintaining health care, housing, proper feeding, and where applicable, grooming and training. Clear, straightforward text comes with high-quality, full-color photos and anatomically accurate line art, as well as helpful tables and charts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764118869
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Complete Pet Owner's Manual
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,416,472
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Eclectus Parrots as Pets 5
Do You Really Want a Parrot? 5
The Eclectus Today 6
Appearance 6
Natural Behaviors and Personality 7
Character Traits 7
Space Requirements 11
Talking Ability 11
Human Allergies to Bird Dander 11
Buying an Eclectus Parrot 13
A Baby or an Adult? 13
Where to Buy a Baby Eclectus 13
Choosing an Eclectus Breeder 14
Choosing a Bird Shop 15
What to Look for When Buying a Baby Eclectus 18
Adopting or Buying an Adult Eclectus 22
Cages and Equipment 25
Cage Location 25
Choosing a Cage 26
Selection of Perches 27
Outfitting the Cage 30
Travel Carriers 31
Feeding Eclectus Parrots 33
Enthusiastic Eaters 33
Types of Food 33
Introducing New Foods 37
Signs of Dietary Deficiencies and Obesity 38
Foods to Avoid 38
Grit 39
Vitamin Supplements 39
Water 40
HOW-TO: Sprouting and Cooking for Your Bird 42
Care and Grooming 45
Wings: To Clip or Not? 45
Bathing Your Eclectus 46
Understanding the Molt 47
Restraining Your Electus 47
HOW-TO: Trimming Wings and Nails 50
Keeping Your Eclectus Healthy 53
Preventing Illness 53
Recognizing Illness 54
Evaluating Your Bird's Droppings 56
Dealing with Emergencies 58
Finding an Avian Veterinarian 60
The Avian Exam 60
When a Bird Dies 63
Making Your Home Safe for Your Eclectus 65
Possible Dangers 65
Living with Your Eclectus Parrot 69
The First Few Days 69
Establishing Boundaries 69
Respecting Your Bird's Feelings 70
Understanding and Guiding Eclectus Behaviors 71
Breeding Eclectus Parrots 77
The Challenge 77
Obtaining Birds for Breeding 78
Setting Up a Pair of Eclectus for Breeding 78
Nesting Behavior 79
Caring for the Chicks 82
Eclectus in the Wild 85
Natural Behavior 85
Identifying the Subspecies 86
Dealing with Hybrids 87
Information 92
Index 94
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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Pick this book up before you pick up your parrot!

    This book is a concise, comprehensive guide to owning Eclectus parrots. We purchased the book to learn more about the personalities and care of Eclectus parrots to make sure that the bird would be a good fit for our family.
    The book is well-written, easy to understand, and is full of color photos and illustrations. I especially enjoy the checklists and tips found within each chapter.
    I refer to the book all the time to make sure we are feeding our Eclectus a proper diet. I call it my "Eclectus Bible."

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