This article was previously published in Bird Breeder magazine and is reprinted here with permission of the author.
The Eclectus Group
by Laurella Desborough
A new organization called the Eclectus Group was formed this spring. For some time now, a specialty organization representing the Eclectus parrots has not existed. On May 1, 2000, the Eclectus Group became a formal society, planned as a nonprofit service organization for the breeders of Eclectus parrots. It is designed to provide accurate and reliable information to members concerning diet, housing, husbandry, health, disease, subspecies identification and management. It is also designed to represent the interests of Eclectus parrots in an official capacity.
The Eclectus Group serves as the official contact for breeders of Eclectus parrots to Birdcoop. (Birdcoop is the forum where representatives from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association [AZA] and representatives from various psittacine societies exchange information and coordinate plans for the long-term management of psittacine species in the United States.)
The Eclectus Group is directed by a four member board of directors: Joe Baker, Laurella Desborough, David Ivey and Cathy Kelly. The overseas consultant is Graham Taylor of Australia, and the veterinary advisor is Dr. Brian Speer, certified avian specialist.
Membership in the Eclectus Group is open to the following:
Individuals or organizations that breed Eclectus parrots;
Zoo bird curators and keepers working with Eclectus parrots;
Scientists and conservationists interested in working with Eclectus parrots.
Currently, there is no membership fee.
Communication within the Eclectus Group is done primarily through e-mail. If a member does not have access to e-mail, then he/she can use regular mail. Persons wishing to become members of the Eclectus Group should contact Joe Baker, P.O. Box 1015, Kurtistown, HI 96760. All membership information remains confidential unless the member decides otherwise.