The first step to becoming an Eclectus Parrot breeder is to learn how to pronounce the name of the species. Many people have never heard of this parrot species, and the Eclectus Parrot breeder will want to teach the correct pronunciation.
The name “Eclectus” comes from the word “eclectic” because of the sexually dimorphic coloration of the male and female. Although the word “eclectic” is always accented on the second syllable, Eclectus can be pronounced either Ek-LEK-tus or E-KLEK-tus.
The Dimorphic Parrots
An Eclectus Parrot breeder will also want to be ready to teach the meaning of “dimorphic”, as this is unfamiliar terminology to many people.
Until the early 1900′s, male and female Eclectus Parrots were believed to belong to different species. Then it was learned that Eclectus Parrots are sexually dimorphic. This means there is an enormous color difference between the male and the female.
Male Eclectus Parrots have predominantly bright emerald green heads and bodies. Bright red hides beneath the wings, and highlights the sides of the body. The lower mandible of the male Eclectus is black, but the upper looks much like bright candy-corn.
Female Eclectus Parrots are not green. Their feathers are predominantly royal blue, maroon, and red. At maturity, the female’s upper and lower mandibles both are black.
1 + 1 Equals?
The novice Eclectus Parrot breeder will soon learn that breeding these parrots is not as simple as placing a male and female in a cage and waiting for eggs. It takes time, patience, and possibly a large amount of money. Many Eclectus Parrot breeders maintain a flock of Eclectus Parrots, and choose potential mates based on the characteristics the parrots would naturally choose in the wild. Such knowledge is gained only by thorough research. If you want to become an Eclectus parrot breeder, you will need to do your homework. Carefully research the species on the Internet, taking notes as you do so. Correspond with other Eclectus parrot breeders. Enter forums where Eclectus parrot breeders discuss the breed and the work of raising them. Attend gatherings of breeders when possible. Learn all that you can before you decide that this is a venture you will enjoy.
The Big Step
When you are sure you know what you are doing, you are ready for the first step as an Eclectus parrot breeder – purchasing your first colorful birds. You learned about them in print. Now you will learn about them in person. You will learn first-hand what it takes to care for more than one Eclectus Parrot. If you are still sure after a few months of caring for multiple birds, you can begin to mate your parrots.
There is potential profit for an Eclectus parrot breeder, since these birds are popular. You will want to plan your business carefully, and follow your plan.