The Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus roratus, is a parrot native to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and nearby islands, Northeastern Australia, and the Maluku Islands.
The Eclectus Parrot has extreme gender dimorphism (differences in appearance between sexes). The males are mainly bright green, with yellow-tinged foreheads and blueish wing and tail-tips. The beak is vivid yellow-orange, black below. Females, on the other hand, are bright crimson with violet abdomens, chests, and upper backs. The beak is jet-black, and eye rims are bright blue in some varieties.
This parrot has a short, relatively flat tail, about 14 inches long in both genders.
Behavior and Captive Life Edit
Eclectus Parrots are generally calm and gentle pets, which makes them favored in captivity. They are noted to be more neophobic than other psitticines, adjusting rather poorly to changes.
- There are at least nine known subspecies of the Eclectus Parrot, each looking slightly different.
- Until recently, avian breeders thought that the two genders were different species/subspecies.
- Captive Eclectus Parrots are susceptible to muscle spasms (ie, toe-tapping and wing flapping).