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Old 01-15-2017, 09:01 AM
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Hawk headed parrot or eclectus

Hi,
I was just researching and I came across the hawk headed parrot but I am still deciding whether I should get a male eclectus or a hawk headed parrot. Please tell me the difference between these parrots Personalities,
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:13 AM
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Re: Hawk headed parrot or eclectus

Traits:* Hawk-headed parrots are playful and will hang upside down, roll around and shriek or giggle for attention. The hawk-headed parrots closely bond with their owners, but beware of their high energy and excitable nature. Owners should refrain from over stimulating hawk heads while playing. Hawk-headed parrots like to be held close, but also like to hang, swing and play alone while you watch. They are prone to nervousness, even if hand-raised, so learn to read your hawk head’s mood and you’ll reduce the number of unsolicited nips. The hawk-headed parrot is not recommended for novice bird owners and better for experienced caretakers.
Behavior/Health Concerns:* Hawk-headed parrot are prone to biting and excessive aggressiveness, usually due to being startled or feeling insecure. Move cautiously and let your hawk head learn to trust you through established interaction. Without proper socialization when they are young and hand-fed, the hawk-headed parrot can be difficult to deal with during adulthood. Hawk heads can become very territorial around their cage or aviary. Feed your hawk-headed parrot a diet consisting of both pellets and seeds as well as a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables, such as papaya, grapes, oranges, apples, carrots and beets.

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Re: Hawk headed parrot or eclectus

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Re: Hawk headed parrot or eclectus

We have a member who has a Hawk Head parrot, Bill E., and his parrot is Nike. You should search for posts from him, very informative about hawk heads. They are very cool looking birds, with their erectile feathers, but Bill can tell you much about Nike's personality. Just remember every parrot is different, and much has to do with what you put into them.
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Re: Hawk headed parrot or eclectus

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Traits:* Hawk-headed parrots are playful and will hang upside down, roll around and shriek or giggle for attention. The hawk-headed parrots closely bond with their owners, but beware of their high energy and excitable nature. Owners should refrain from over stimulating hawk heads while playing. Hawk-headed parrots like to be held close, but also like to hang, swing and play alone while you watch. They are prone to nervousness, even if hand-raised, so learn to read your hawk headís mood and youíll reduce the number of unsolicited nips. The hawk-headed parrot is not recommended for novice bird owners and better for experienced caretakers.
Behavior/Health Concerns:* Hawk-headed parrot are prone to biting and excessive aggressiveness, usually due to being startled or feeling insecure. Move cautiously and let your hawk head learn to trust you through established interaction. Without proper socialization when they are young and hand-fed, the hawk-headed parrot can be difficult to deal with during adulthood. Hawk heads can become very territorial around their cage or aviary. Feed your hawk-headed parrot a diet consisting of both pellets and seeds as well as a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables, such as papaya, grapes, oranges, apples, carrots and beets.

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I agree fully with Dave: "The hawk-headed parrot is not recommended for novice bird owners and better for experienced caretakers."
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Re: Hawk headed parrot or eclectus

What are the names of your parrots?
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Re: Hawk headed parrot or eclectus

Just my $.02... but I have a place in my future for a Caique, what they lack in size they make up for in laughs and personality.
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Re: Hawk headed parrot or eclectus

I know that this is an old post but just my 2 cents. Hawkheads, kept as an only bird, are no more difficult, aggressive, nervous, excessive biting, than any other parrot. I realize that I am a sample of one but I have never seen my bird display any of the multitude of negative aspects attributed to Hawkheads. I've had Nike for 5 years and less than a year after I got her from a rehome situation she was already more personable than my OWA of 39 years ever was.

It's all about how you interact with your bird, your bird reflects what you put into the relationship, doesn't matter if it is a finch or a Black Palm.

I don't consider myself anywhere near and ideal, well learned bird owner and I'm doing just fine with my Hawkhead and I think that says something about the species and how they adapt to human care.

It shouldn't bother me because I know that breeders cant keep Hawkheads on the shelves but it pains me to think of a person being talked out of getting the bird they want because of what I would call misconceptions and misrepresentations....and in the internet era, it's mostly cut and paste. Those traits are probably accurate for Hawkheads in the wild and possibly if you carelessly introduce them to other birds in you flock.

In my opinion (remember I said "not well learned") the only reason that a companion bird should not be considered for a novice bird owner is if that bird can really hurt you if you make the inevitable mistake. That is not the case with Hawkheads any more than any small or medium sized parrot. Hawkheads are under 250 grams, Nike is just under 200 and I consider her a small parrot, smaller than many conures I've seen.

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