I recently decided to get a pet bird and after some research have decided on an eclectus parrot. My husband would like an African Grey. I am just curious what the probability of keeping them together would be. I could provide separate cages but would prefer if they could atleast be out at the same time on the play gym. Also, kind of a strange question but, birds of seperate breeds wouldn't try to mate would they? I am not interested in breeding but I want a female eclectus and my husband wants a male african grey. Thanks
I have looked into both breeds extensively and decided on an African Grey. I have not been disapointed. I have multiple birds and I don't put them together as I think they would pester each other. Good luck. By the way look for the videos of Alex the African grey with Alan Alda, it is very impressive and you can learn a lot about the breed.
Hi, I'm so glad to see someone on this site saying they have done some research! I belong to a bird training group and both the breeds you’re looking at are very well represented with other owners. I would highly recommend you go to the site and check it out; the relationship you form with your birds when you use clicker training is amazing. They also deal with a lot of info on behavioural problem, diets, husbandry and all other bird topics. Here's the link; http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bird-Click/
I recomend both types of birds although Greys are usu. less expensive. Ecelectus cost an arm and a leg and are extremely prone to TTS, Toe-Taping-Syndrome. TTS is a calcium deficiency. I don't think they'll try to breed and both make good pets but I might re think the Ecelectus tho. Make sure you find the right kinds of food to prevent TTS and you have the kind of cassh to buy one. Greys cost up to 1 Thousand and Ecelectus cost 5 times more.
Thanks for everyone's advice. Quick update, I purchased a female eclectus about 3 months ago. She is extremely intelligent and very entertaining. I am holding out on getting another bird for now. I am worried that she would bond more to the other bird and be less interested in me. Any thoughts? She has been a really good bird so far but has recently started letting out an alarm screech when my dogs come inside from the backyard, very annoying. She never had a problem with them the first couple of months and they don't even pay attention to her, so she shouldn't feel threatened. I have taught the dogs to be calm around her but am not so sure how to teach the bird to be calm around them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Congrats on your new baby. I'm getting an eclectus for christmas. Go to Ekkichat in the yahoo groups. Just put in Eclectus and find this one group. They will help with diet and problems. Very intelligent group and friendly. Email me personally I like to know how much you paid and where. Thanks
Congrats on your new addition. My daughter has exotics which include an Eclectus and African Grey. The Eclectus definitely is my daughter's bird! She also screeches like yours does when she is excited or sees something of interest to her. They are loud birds! The African Grey is my buddy. He imitates sounds around the house and chases my kitties upstairs! He is just plain fun to have around. The two birds don't have much to do with each other as the Eclectus is rather domineering,in this case they aren't companions for each other. Just a little info that I thought you could use...good luck!