Last Updated on July 16, 2023 by Ali Shahid
Eclectus parrots are generally considered among the calmer and more docile parrot species. Eclectic parrots can become aggressive if they are not given attention.
They don’t tend to become overly territorial and are friendly and affectionate. When they are ignored, they become aggressive.
Are Eclectus parrots aggressive?
Situations when Eclectus becomes aggressive
In contrast to most of this species, Eclectus Parrots only experience a brief hormonal phase that can be tolerated. However, some become extremely hostile and intolerable.
Females occasionally become moody, overbearing, and overprotective as they reach adulthood. Although some Eclectus want or need to breed, the males become stubborn during these times. Both can be handled with positive training.
Moreover, during this stage, males and females engage in territorial behaviour at their preferred home locations. They learn and adopt the situation and become used to it.
Likewise, some activities can be applied to lessen their aggression. Please provide them with food, water, toys, swings, and stands in multiple locations throughout the house and ensure they are all active simultaneously.
Aggression due to hormonal changes
According to the research, hormonal aggression is a natural part of growing up during breeding seasons in parrots. A female Eclectus parrot is more aggressive than a male parrot, but these parrots are calmer than other parrot species.
According to another study, Eclectus becomes aggressive during its maturity period. Eclectus prefer to be under the coffee table. They begin lunging at the owner’s feet and get too close. Then they tend to behave like a child.
Additionally, the Eclectus parrot may drag all of his favourite toys down there. Although it would only lunge and growl, his aggression became mild and frequent.
Later it was observed that he liked to sit with his possessions to stop things from getting out of hand.
Both sexes of Eclectus parrots tend to lash out when they reach maturity for no apparent reason. Owners usually become aware of their actions if the aggression is hormonal or not.
Hormones can lead to undesirable behaviour, and the little owner can do about it other than wait it out and try to understand why they are acting in such a way.
Therefore, your parrot will not stop being hormonal if you try. It’s just how life works. Eclectus begin to play a role in nesting at one year old, despite not yet being mature. The Eclectus will reach maturity between the ages of 1.5 and 4 years.
Moreover, age can vary between individuals and subspecies. The typical age noted for maturation is three years old. Conversely, the majority are only mature enough to breed a few years later.
Hormonal changes in the behaviour of Eclectus are due to foods high in carbohydrates, foods high in sugar, hidden dark spots, boxes or happy huts to play in.
Moreover, aggressive behaviour can also happen due to a newspaper to shred, mushy or cooked foods, too much light, not going to bed at times, cuddling, patting, and rubbing the beak.
If you eliminate all of these, controlling hormone levels will become much simpler. Additionally, it’s much simpler for them to deal with.
In conclusion, a single Eclectus parrot can become aggressive if you do not engage them in a proper way. They will feel alone, bored, and agitated even if they have all the toys.
Therefore, the Eclectus do not naturally possess any of the traits mentioned above unless they are engaged in breeding, as they become wild and act aggressively.
Therefore, even if you only get one parrot, you must spend a lot of time with them daily. You should be available to play with or hang out with them most of the day.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.