Re: eclectus vs african grey
Posted by Jen on 3/11/09
Judging by Randy's around and about answer, I'm not sure if he even
knows how to answer you so I will.
I have several eclectus and an african grey. We've had both for
many many years and I prefer the male eclectus for a companion
parrot. They speak just as well as the african greys but they tend
to not gravitate towards one person in the family. Our male ekkie
goes to just about anyone and he speaks very very well. The do have
specific dietary needs though that you will need to read up on. No
seed diets and if they are weaned to a pellet diet you need to make
sure its an ekkie friendly pellet..no color or preservatives.
Roudybush makes a good low fat pellet that is perfect for eclectus
as they tend to become hypoglycemic. They have long digestive
tracts so they need to be kept on low fat diets to prevent fatty
Don't get me wrong, greys are awesome birds, but if you want a
family bird that everyone is going to enjoy, you will prolly be more
happy with a male eclectus. Good luck!