Interesting Eclectus facts...
Posted 16 July 2010 - 03:40 PM
The article states, "A good example of visual differences is the Eclectus parrot. This species is sexually dimorphic, which is the first clue that they are quite visually aware. They are more visually and aurally alert than other parrot species, perhaps because they live primarily in the upper canopy level of the forest and must use those senses more than other birds do. A good sense of sight keeps them safe from a high point in the trees. Parrot species that are more terrestrial than arboreal will more likely look at things rather than down on them."
Anyways, I knew about the whole 'keeping them safe' thing, but thought it was fascinating that Eclectus are more visually oriented than most. Does anybody here with Eclectus see proof in this? Does anybody have anything to add to it?
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 04:49 PM
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 05:08 PM
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 11:36 PM
Although, many times when her eyes are pinning while she eats.. or when she goes to the spot in the cage where i've placed her food without me showing her... i SWEAR she can see. It might just be that her hearing is wonderful though.. because i don't ALWAYS place the food bowl in the same spot.
Posted 17 July 2010 - 02:41 AM
Being aurally alert would be something I would have attributed to CAGs defintely, since they are such good sound mimickers. That's always been the biggest difference for me between a CAG and Eclectus. Eclectus seem to copy speech primarily, while CAGs copy almost any sound.
Anyway, regarding visual alertness, I'm with Elena on them being able to spot a treat a mile away. I also thought that was just parrots. I do know that they are extremely observant, which may be what the article is addressing. If I pull out the vacuum, LaFitte will say, "loud" before I even plug it in. Again, I think that is parrots in general: they are nosy and want to know what's going on all the time.
Although I find this very interesting, I can't say I really "get" it or have noticed it. My Rosie does the head down, wings close and fluttering thing when she sees me, but in her case that is a begging posture. She is a destination-only flier that forgets she can fly somewhere, so instead gets into the begging posture when she wants to be with me. I try to snap her out of it by telling her, "fly". She does this less often now that she flies more.
One thing I have noticed, but again just thought it was a parrot thing, is that they can see the teeniest, tiniest bug moving across the floor while standing atop their cages or even on the branches I have in their room which are at least 7 feet up. That's not like seeing through a tree canopy though.
The more I try to wrap my head around this, the more questions I have. Do you think they need to be alert to predators coming from below them, underneath the forest canopy? So, since they can't see through the leaves they have to be more watchful both visually and aurally? I guess I'm not adding much to this discussion at all. Hah, hah. I probably need to read the article!
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