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Old 03-25-2014, 09:08 PM
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Hi everyone. It's been almost 6 months since I lost my precious Echo. She was the apple of my eye. She was a 4 year old female SI Eclectus. We went everywhere together. Her wings were always clipped but one day she flew off and flew into a parked car and died. I have been so heartbroken. I have other birds but they are all rescues that are not tame like she was. So you can see why I'd want to get another bird.

Anyways I have been thinking long and hard about it and I think I want another. I mean my family is already used to the noise they make and I really like their specific diet. It was so much fun cooking for Echo and seeing her get excited for food. Her motivation for food is what brought us so close since I trained her with a clicker to do many things, such as playing by herself and being creative. And some really cool tricks.

She was one of the only parrots that I ever felt a close bond with. My flock is older and most of them would rather not be bothered past being put on a playstand or the occasional handling when they are in the mood. But I want to feel that bond again. I'm hoping this year I can save up the money to buy a baby. I'm leaning toward a male even though i have experience with a female. I heard from many people that Echo was very well behaved compared to most females who have heavy nesting instincts and get hormonal and lay eggs.

I really think it was the training that made Echo the great bird she was, not the species. But I've fallen in love with Eclectus parrots and I hope to have another soon. Either this year or the beginning of next. The time all depends on when I find a good breeder and when I have the money.

Sorry for all that talking I just like to be clear. Anyways can anyone share some stories and pictures of your eclectus? I'd like to hear about how they act and their personalities. And also are they motivated by food?
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:15 PM
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Re: Considering an eclectus

I am so sorry for your loss of Echo
My ekkie is a male Vosmaeri, and his name is Ekko too.
He absolutely LOVES his food and will eat anything I give him. He is very food motivated and will do anything we ask for it (except stay off the floor..lol).
He is very smart, and learns things easily. He says some things that are situational, and some things I don't think he knows what he is talking about. He is quite the funny guy, and really enjoys his baths. He is not a cuddler, but is still very loving. We got him in Dec., and he quickly adjusted to our home and the other fids. He is just over 2 years old.
Here is a picture of my guy


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Old 03-25-2014, 09:54 PM
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He's Beautiful!! Echo loved food. She would try anything. But she loved when I gave her coconut oil on a spoon mixed with oatmeal and banana. It was her special treat. She wasn't much of a talker. She would never talk in front of me but could say "Hello", "Echo", "Come Here", and then she would also have quiet conversations with herself that couldn't be understood. She also didn't like to cuddle either but she was pretty good with body handling. She didn't like it but would tolerate it for nail clipping and being picked up if she was getting into something. She was still affectionate though. She would preen my hair and finger nails gentely. She was good with just about everyone. She would go to a complete stranger and behave better than she would with me.
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Re: Considering an eclectus

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your baby. I understand how losing a pet/companion (Especially a parrot) can be such a heartbreaking event. I'm sure you'll find the perfect bird when the time comes.

My boy is an SI Eclectus, his name is Yoshi and he's a doll. I've only had him for about a month, he's 3 years old(so I've been told) and he's a recovering plucker. He hasn't plucked since I got him, and he makes a wide variety of sounds! All sorts of things that I have NO idea where he could have gotten them from. I'm 99% positive he lived in a home with small children and dogs, nothing else explains the sound effects he makes. He's very curious, although prefers to stay inside his cage unless he's in the mood to explore. He's cage-protective but will step up on a perch, and then onto our hands/arms once he's out. He's not very food motivated at all(haven't gotten him to take any from our hands yet.) and he doesn't like to try new things, but he was only given a mix seed diet in the past so he doesn't know what he likes! So far he likes the cooked foods(Rice, shredded veggies, etc) and fruits like strawberries and grapes, but he won't try anything else. He did switch from his seed mix to a pellet diet pretty easily though, so he's getting nutrients. He's clearly bonded to my boyfriend and I, as you can see how excited he gets when we make his food(anyone else gets a fluffy, evil death glare.) He has a ton of potential in his scared little body and we're just waiting for him to show us what he's got!

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Re: Considering an eclectus

Quote: Originally Posted by pacoparrot View Post
Hi everyone. It's been almost 6 months since I lost my precious Echo. She was the apple of my eye. She was a 4 year old female SI Eclectus. We went everywhere together. Her wings were always clipped but one day she flew off and flew into a parked car and died. I have been so heartbroken. I have other birds but they are all rescues that are not tame like she was. So you can see why I'd want to get another bird.

Anyways I have been thinking long and hard about it and I think I want another. I mean my family is already used to the noise they make and I really like their specific diet. It was so much fun cooking for Echo and seeing her get excited for food. Her motivation for food is what brought us so close since I trained her with a clicker to do many things, such as playing by herself and being creative. And some really cool tricks.

She was one of the only parrots that I ever felt a close bond with. My flock is older and most of them would rather not be bothered past being put on a playstand or the occasional handling when they are in the mood. But I want to feel that bond again. I'm hoping this year I can save up the money to buy a baby. I'm leaning toward a male even though i have experience with a female. I heard from many people that Echo was very well behaved compared to most females who have heavy nesting instincts and get hormonal and lay eggs.

I really think it was the training that made Echo the great bird she was, not the species. But I've fallen in love with Eclectus parrots and I hope to have another soon. Either this year or the beginning of next. The time all depends on when I find a good breeder and when I have the money.

Sorry for all that talking I just like to be clear. Anyways can anyone share some stories and pictures of your eclectus? I'd like to hear about how they act and their personalities. And also are they motivated by food?
I am very sorry for your loss of Echo. It sounds like this affected you very much

Someone really needs to say this, and I will do so as respectfully as possible- no bird will ever be "another Echo". Of course, you can certainly have another wonderful bird who is very bonded to you, but they will be their own individual. I think if it is a carefully thought out decision (which it sounds like it is) you should get another bird because you want another bird, but you cannot put the expectation for that bird to behave in any certain way.

I actually ended up with Kiwi because I so dearly missed my mom's DYH after I grew up and moved out of my parents house. She had been my constant companion since I was born, and we were VERY bonded, but at the end of the day, she was my mom's bird, she has a lifelong "mate" who's also my moms, and I just couldn't have her. I thought (quite naively) if I just worked with another amazon, I would get another Lucy. Not so. Don't get me wrong, Kiwi is an absolutely wonderful, sweet bird who I adore and love like a feathered child, but he still doesn't fill the void of the bond I had with Lucy, and he is a whole other personality.

I mean no offense by this, I just wanted to share that so you go in with eyes wide open that your getting a completely new baby who will have his or her own wonderful attributes and unique quarks I also think your rescues have the potential to be wonderful, well trained and closely bonded birds too. They're just being stubborn. Kiwi is a rescue and wanted nothing to do with me for the first few YEARS we had him (he took to my husband much faster). I just had patience and was persistent in building his trust and proving that I only wanted to be kind to him. Slowly, but surely, he responded. He is 16 and came to us having never been handled and quite vicious. In the 6 years we've had him, he's gone from essentially feral to most recently, working on some basic trick training (and is a very fast learner might I add). Don't write the rescues off, they have a great potential to also be wonderful birds and learn new things. When you get your new baby and are training him/her, why not make it a bit of a birdie competition and get the rescues involved too? Many people use a "competitive" environment for more effective training of multiple birds
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:18 AM
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Re: Considering an eclectus

That was a good point Kiwibird. I would NEVER be able to get another male Red Bellied parrot after Robin... he has been my best little friend and deeply bonded for nearly 20 years now. It would just be too weird to look at another one who visually looks the same but is a different "person". Maybe I feel this way about a Red Bellied because I've had HIM for so long. That would be true for me of any pet animal species or breed that I've had for a long time.

I did get a same species ONCE. With Raven my Bronze Winged Pionus. I had a female BWP who passed at a year old. I only had her for 8 months, and I was devastated. However, I REALLY needed to have a BWP. So, 7 years later I get Raven, and as much as I love him, he is not the same easy going sweet character as Adrion was. Individual difference is very strong here, and maybe also the difference between male and female, as the sexes differ in personality like their close cousins the Amazons.
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Re: Considering an eclectus

I understand where you guys are coming from. I'm not looking to replace Echo as much as just have another companion. My DYH amazon Paco has been with us for 5 years and we have made little progress with him. His personality just shows that he wants to be let be. He doesn't want attention outside talking or the occasional trip to the kitchen to observe our conversations. The only person that he really leans toward is my mom. He is 16 years old and is very hormonal sometimes and cannot be handled. I love him and all but he's not bonded to me like Echo and a few other birds from past were. I fostered a green wing macaw in 2012 and he loved me. But his noise was a little much for my household and his price tag was a little too high at the time or he would have been mine. My green cheek conures are great. They really enough being on my shoulder and being around me. I'd like to try clicker training with them but I can't get them to take treats from me. But I want something bigger that's the same way. The cockatiels are older and are not tame. They don't like being bothered at all since they are a pair. I'm not dead set on a male eclectus. I just like them because everyone in my house is used to the noise they make and would be more accepting of it. I'd also consider a pionus, an african grey, an alexandrine parrot, or any bird that fits the description of what I'm looking for. If I had a choice I'd have a confident, trainable, and friendly parrot that is motivated by food. Talking doesn't really matter to me since none of my birds talk now anyways. What matters is that there's a bond and the bird is behaved enough for my household as far as screaming goes. I want another bird because I want another friend. I know Echo and it would be too much to ask for another bird to fill her shoes completely.
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Re: Considering an eclectus

Also, if you get another Ekkie, remember it may have a totally different personality from your last one, since some Eclectus like to be more like your Amazon and hands off, or want to be near you but not cuddle.

'GENERALLY' speaking... The other species you mentioned are also TYPICALLY hands off species as well - Pionus, Grey, Alexndrine. Those are commonly like how you say your other birds are, like to hang out or on your shoulder, but may not bond super tight with you. I think you're really desiring a more cuddly type?

I know you don't want something too small. How about a larger conure species? Mini Macaw? I can't wait to hear what you decide
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I do understand that they are hands off species. Echo didn't like any touching. But she wouldn't bite me if I did touch her, just beak me and complain. Mini macaws aren't very common where I am. I have considered a sun conure. I have worked with them and jendays before a long time ago. The screaming was pretty intense. I worry about the noise but after having and fostering much larger birds I would like to think me and my family have grown to the point that we can tolerate a sun conure. I mean we've had macaws, and large mall cockatoos. I would just need to work with it. I know that conures are much more affectionate. My green cheeks love head scratches and being tipped on their backs in my hand.
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I guess my ekkies are the weird ones that will cuddle with me! I touch them all over without issue.
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