Eclectus Parrot

Eclectus roratus

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The eclectus parrot shows extreme sexual dimorphism; males are bright green and females are red and blue. They look so different that they were first described as two different species.

They live in lowland tropical rainforests but can be found in eucalypt woodlands, savannas and mangroves. In Australia they are only found in a small pocket of the Cape York Peninsula and are also found across New Guinea and surrounding islands.

WHAT THEY EAT

They mainly eat a large variety of fruits, as well as seeds and nuts, but have been known to occasionally eat meat.

BREEDING

Nest sites are used for extended periods of time. The female can guard a nest site for up to 9 months before laying two eggs. It has also been suggested that, unlike most monogamous parrots, Eclectus parrots have a different social structure with females being fed and protected by several males.

  • Location

    Dark green indicates where the Eclectus Parrot can be found