Eclectus Parrot

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 31 May 2007
Scientific Name
Eclectus roratus
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Eclectus
  • E. roratus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
20 inches

International Names

Czech (Cesky) Papoušek Různobarvý
Danish (Dansk) Ædelpapegøje
Dutch (Nederlands) Edelpapegaai
Finnish (Suomi) Avoparikaija
French (Français) Grand Éclectus
German (Deutsch) Edelpapagei
Italian (Italiano) Ecletto
Japanese (日本語) オオハナインコ (Oohanainko)
Norwegian (Norsk) Edelpapegøye
Polish (Polski) Barwnica
Spanish (Español) Loro Ecléctico
Swedish (Svenska) Ädelpapegoja
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