Species Survival Plan
Lowland forests and savannah
Fruits, wild figs, unripe nuts, flower buds, leaf buds and seeds
Originally Native To
Solomon Islands, New Guinea, northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands
12 - 14 inches
Male 15 ounces
Female 16 ounces
Males are mainly green with candy corn-colored beaks; females are mainly red with a black beak
26 - 28 days
Captivity 50 - 75 years
Live in medium-to-large flocks that sometimes include a dominant breeding pair
ABOUT Eclectus Parrot
The eclectus parrot is known for its extreme case of sexual dimorphism. The male of the species is bright green with a candy corn-colored beak and the female is red and blue with an all-black beak. It was thought for many years that they were actually different species.
Their feathers do not have a distinct outline like the feathers of other birds. Eclectus parrots look as if they are covered with a fine fur.
There are 8-10 known subspecies of eclectus parrots that range from Australia, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. Eclectus parrots are well known for their ability to mimic sounds, including human speech.
They are only outranked by the African Grey and Amazon parrots regarding mimicking ability. Not only are they usually capable of learning words, but also phrases, noises, and even entire songs. Yet, not every bird will be able to acquire such a vocabulary and will instead resort to their infamous, car alarm-like squawk.
Eclectus parrots are intelligent, gentle birds that become welcome members of the family due to their tranquil nature. They are pretty good with children, though they will not tolerate frantic activity or constant disturbing noise.
Their wild diet is comprised mainly of fruits, such as pomegranate and papaya, as well as figs, flowers, leaf buds, and some seed. Eclectus parrots have a longer digestive tract than other bird species.
At Fossil Rim, this parrot lives at the Children's Animal Center.
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