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Eclectus Parrots

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by Pat Tucker, Feathering Crest Aviary

Eclectus Parrots are of the genus Eclectus and the species roratus.  They are native to Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.  This species has also been introduced to Palau and has an extremely large range with a conservation status of ‘least concern’.

The Eclectus Parrot is a medium-sized parrot measuring 12 to 14 inches in length and is the most distinctive example of sexual dimorphism in the parrot world.  In fact for many years, biologists believed these birds to be two difference species.  The male is mainly bright green with a slight amount of red and a candy corn coloured beak, while the female is a bright, ruby red with shades of purple and a black beak.  The most common sub-species of Eclectus are, Grand, Red-sided, Soloman Island and Vosmaeri, however, at least nine sub-species are recognised.

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