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About the Eclectus Parrot

The Eclectus Parrot is a parrot native to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands.

It is unusual in the parrot family for its extreme sexual dimorphism; the males of the species are bright green, having bright candy corn coloured upper mandibles and black lower mandibles, and blue or red tail and wing feathers; while the females are red headed and blue to purple breasted, with black beaks. Large populations of this parrot exist in Papua New Guinea.

Electus parrots are strong fliers and on long flights fly high above the forest canopy, calling loudly. Pairs or small parties of them travel widely through the upper canopy in search of fruits, nuts and other food. The favourite fruit of the Eclectus parrot is the pomegranate. In the evening these birds gather in large groups of up to eighty birds for the night.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 31 May 2007
Scientific Name Eclectus roratus
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Eclectus
  • E. roratus
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
20 inches
Range Southeast Asia Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • Papoušek Různobarvý (Czech)
  • Ædelpapegøje (Danish)
  • Edelpapegaai (Dutch)
  • Avoparikaija (Finnish)
  • Grand Éclectus (French)
  • Edelpapagei (German)
  • Ecletto (Italian)
  • オオハナインコ (Oohanainko) (Japanese)
  • Edelpapegøye (Norwegian)
  • Barwnica (Polish)
  • Loro Ecléctico (Spanish)
  • Ädelpapegoja (Swedish)

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