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Eclectus parrot

Eclectus roratus

Female eclectus parrot at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaciformes

Eclectus parrots are found in a variety of habitats from lowlands and rainforests to foothills and woodlands. They are native to northeastern Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Maluku Islands.

Wild fruits, nuts and flowers make up the majority of this bird’s diet.

Interesting facts!

  • Eclectus parrots are one of the most sexually dimorphic parrot species with their plumage colour. Females are bright red with purple feathers, while males are an emerald green colour, making it easy to tell sexes apart!
  • The species forms monogamous pairs for breeding and usually lay two eggs which are incubated for 4 weeks. Chicks fledge the nest at around 3 months of age.
  • They are highly vocal and are very good at mimicking human speech.


The wild population of eclectus parrots is currently stable, but the main threat they face is capture for the pet trade. Due to their generally calm, inquisitive nature, they are very popular birds to be kept in captivity.