Riley the Talking Pet Eclectus Parrot

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This video shows a conversation with a pet eclectus parrot, Eclectus roratus, named Riley. He is very talented, with a large and varied repertoire as well as a nice “voice.” I also live with an eclectus, a female Solomon Islands eclectus named Elektra, and I can attest to their talent as talkers. This species of parrot is color-coded by gender: males are emerald green while females are scarlet red [4:33]


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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Riley the Talking Pet Eclectus Parrot

  1. Selasphorus says:

    Talking parrot links still interest me, even though I live with some!
    I swear I live with the talkingest green-cheeked conure in the world. He belongs to my roommate and lives in a room with a Senegal parrot with a large vocabulary. They learn from each other–more often than not the Senegal scream is made by the conure, and the angry conure shriek comes from the Senegal. The conure has learned the Senegal’s phrases, including, “Meow” and “Cute!” But he still hasn’t mastered my favorite phrase of the Senegal’s, which is “You’re so weird.”
    My own lineolated parakeet has a very clear and distinct voice, and has learned to use “Good morning!” as a generalized greeting, so I get it whenever I enter the room or when he wants my attention. We also play a whistle game. He learned a three-tone whistle, and if I whistle the first two tones, he whistles the last one right in time. Then he whistles the first two notes and expects me to fill in the last one.
    Parrots are amazing. 🙂

  2. rachel says:

    Hi I’m getting a female from someone around here and she’s under a yr old according to the woman. She can only say hello but will she learn to say more? She’s a female solomon island eclectus. Riley is very cute and smart and I hope to teach her(pez is her name) some new words even if her vocab isn’t huge.