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Eclectus Parrot

Eclectus roratus

Description:

The Eclectus Parrot is unusual in the parrot family for its marked sexual dimorphism in the colours of the plumage. A stocky short-tailed parrot, it measures around 35 cm (14 in) in length. The male is mostly bright green with a yellow-tinge on the head. It has blue primaries, and red flanks and underwing coverts. Its tail is edged with a narrow band of creamy yellow, and is dark grey edged with creamy yellow underneath, and the tail feathers are green centrally and more blue as they get towards the edges. The Grand eclectus female is mostly bright red with a darker hue on the back and wings. The mantle and underwing coverts darken to a more purple in colour, and the wing is edged with a mauve-blue. The tail is edged with yellowish-orange above, and is more orange tipped with yellow underneath. The upper mandible of the adult male is orange at the base fading to a yellow towards the tip, and the lower mandible is black. The beak of the adult female is all black. Adults have yellow to orange irises and juveniles have dark brown to black irises. The upper mandible of both male and female juveniles are brown at the base fading to yellow towards the biting edges and the tip.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

Was really surprised seeing this bird that far south...

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5 Comments

Thank you Alice and Eckert.

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 9 years ago

This is the clearest photo I think I have ever seen. Nice work!!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

I lightened your picture offline and it is really beautiful.!

There was thus this one male. Or at least the only one i've seen.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

I love them. You should add one of the red and blue female :-)

Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Feb 3, 2011
Submitted on Aug 22, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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