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Figuring out how old an eclectus might be?

Does anyone have any information on determining age in an eclectus?

I have one that was from a rescue type situation and was told she was 6 at the time, but she has always seemed like she wasn't quite as old as they said(her original bird owner died, so no one really knows anything about her).
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:15 PM
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Re: Figuring out how old an eclectus might be?

I have a rescue cockatoo & am in the same boat unfortunately with her there's no telling, Unless there's a secret with Eckies I don't know about I don't think you can tell with them either - anyone else?
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Re: Figuring out how old an eclectus might be?

I've read up on it some before and the presence of yellow in the beak and the certain characteristics of the eyes can sometimes help.

She still had some yellow in her beak when I got her and it has recently begun to disappear, along with acting like she is PMSing... I'm wondering if she is in puberty, which should narrow it down.
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Re: Figuring out how old an eclectus might be?

Yeah good point. I think they reach sexual maturity at about 2yrs thier beaks are fully black by about 18mths and they often go through a "moody" period around a year old so she may be very young

All we know with my too is that she's an adult.
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Re: Figuring out how old an eclectus might be?

This is probably way to obvious an answer but, does your Ekkie have a leg band?, if so the year of hatch may be on it along with bredder info, if the bird is more than 3 years old then most of the telltale juvinile signs are probably gone, good luck........
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Re: Figuring out how old an eclectus might be?

She does... hmmmmm. I looked at it the other day but didn't take note of what it said. I shall look at it again and see what it might say about her.
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Re: Figuring out how old an eclectus might be?

LOL! I was going to suggest the same thing. Let us know what it says!
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Re: Figuring out how old an eclectus might be?

If she is at least 6, she would have outgrown the juvenile markings a long time ago and puberty is a thing of the past. In any case, if she looks good, I doubt she's older than 10 or maybe 15. They only started breeding ekkies for the pet trade quite recently (less than 30 years ago) and I personally don't know of any whose age has been verified at more than 20 even though their life expectancy is over 40. Ekkies don't seem to last very long in captivity. Apparently, their natural diet and lifestyle is too especialized to reproduce in captivity.
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Re: Figuring out how old an eclectus might be?

Specialized diet is right. I never thought it could be so hard! lol!

I'll post some pictures. One of the biggest reasons I think she is younger than they told me is because she is still outgrowing the yellow in her beak. It is nearing its end finally, but she had a good bit when I got her.

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Re: Figuring out how old an eclectus might be?

Depression or not that is so cute, just look at the pose.
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