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Eclectus Life Span?

How old do they generally live? I am reading some very conflicting things. Some say from 30-60 years old, and then I read somewhere else that they only live to 20 if you're lucky.

Any insight?
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:11 PM
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Re: Eclectus Life Span?

Under ideal conditions in captivity I would say the average lifespan would be about 30-35 years, I think 60 would be pretty rare
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:12 PM
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Re: Eclectus Life Span?

I don't know, but I'd just like to chime in and say I have similar problem with finding the lifespan of Alexandrines...

some sources say 20-25, some 30-40... Not quite as large a disparity as you are seeing, but it seems evenly split between 20-something and 30+...

the sources that talk about wild birds all seem to tend toward the longer side though.

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Re: Eclectus Life Span?

I was not reading about the lifespan of a wild ekkie, I was reading about their lifespan in captivity.

20 years just seems so short a life... especially for a parrot.
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Re: Eclectus Life Span?

I think its going be pretty hard to say as Ekkies are one of those companion birds that haven't been kept as pets over a long period of time, at least not by those that have documented it.......
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Re: Eclectus Life Span?

Remember that lifespan is different than life expectancy.

Lifespan is a biological term, and basically represents how long the bird can live in optimum conditions.

Life expectancy is how long it will probably live (on average) in the conditions it is actually in.

People tend to confuse the two.

I think with Eclectus parrots (just reading...no personal knowledge), the very regimented diet required to keep them healthy has probably caused their life expectancy in captivity to suffer. Properly cared for, I don't se any reason why they would break with the loose rule of thumb "the larger the parrot, the longer-lived." I wouldn't think 60 years would be out of the question, if someone were very diligent, and yes, lucky as well.

I think other species of parrots have a longer life expectancy in captivity than their wild brethren, albeit some would argue that their lives are not as full (not me! ). Eclectus parrots (Eclectuses, Eclecti..is it Greek or Latin? ) might just be the exception to that rule (but hopefully that will change!!!).
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Re: Eclectus Life Span?

You are correct. I meant life expectancy. I'm hoping for my birds to be a part of my life for much longer than 20 or 30 years.

I also agree that it is most likely due to the little knowledge about them... and I too hope that this changes.

The name comes from the word eclectic (or so I read) due to the fact that they are sexually dimorphic.
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Re: Eclectus Life Span?

You may be interested in this thread:
Dumb question about lifespan of ekkys.

It really is hard to say what age these birds may be able to live to in captivity. There is still so much we don't know about their diet/environment requirements.

Here is a thread about an ekkie, where the leg band suggests he is 23yo:
male adult eclectus rescue
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Re: Eclectus Life Span?

I'm certainly hoping for a life expectancy of more than 20 years! I was told my Tina was 10 when I adopted her and I've had her for another 10 years! So far she doesn't seem any older than the day I first got her. I know that the information I got could be wrong but I also adopted Ruby from the same person and she has a leg band dated '96 which puts her at 16 or 17 years old now.
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Re: Eclectus Life Span?

The truth is, the eclectus parrots that we all now own, will probably be the oldest living ones in captivity! Especially since now we know so much more about their digestive systems and behavior. They have only been widely bred for a few decades, so no one really knows how long they can live. I would love to hear who on this forum has the oldest one!
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