An eclectus parrot is a lot like an opera singer – theatrical, noisy, and not above pigging out when the food is free. The female eclectus in particular is noted for its temperamental “prima donna” nature. In the wild, eclectus parrots form large colonies. This means that, like any performer, a domesticated eclectus likes an audience, supposedly preferring to bond with families rather than only one person. Just make sure to get help learning how to treat them, as a poorly socialized eclectus can be very quarrelsome.
Many eclectus owners report their birds watching them, with an artist’s keen eye and focus, giving them a reputation for tricks and acrobatics. Eclectus parrots are fussy, down to their biology. They are unusual in that they don’t release any of the “bird dust” that can set off some people’s allergies.
Eclectus parrots also exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism – in other words, the males and females look and behave differently. Females are generally bright red and males bright green, to the point that for years people thought they were different species! The females are noted for occasional mood swings, while the males are notoriously mild.