The Eclectos Parrot is native to the Solomon Islands, Sumba, New Guinea, Australia and the Maluccas. They exhibit the greatest sexual dimorphism of any parrot. The males are bright green and the females red with a jet black beak. They are about 35 cm (14 in) long with a weight of 430 gr. (0.9 lb).
Their diet consists of fruit, wild figs, flowers, leaf buds and seeds. Females nest in hollows in trees. A female will defend a nesting sight against all other females. She will remain in this hollow for up to 11 months, being fed there by multiple males via regurgitation.
Females usually lay two eggs. In the wild these birds can live up to 30 years and in Captivity 50 to 75 years.
There are 9 recognized subspecies of the Eclectos Parrot.
Eclectus Parrot @ Safari Niagara
- They are named Arthur and Merlin.
Did you know?
- The colour dimorphism of the bird is thought to facilitate nesting and protect the bird by giving it camouflage. Red is hard to see in the dim light of a cavity and green blends into the background of the forest.