Eclectus roratus

Description

The Eclectus Parrot is a large tropical parrot with bright colouring. The males are bright green with red wing linings and an orange beak and it is the females that are more brightly coloured having bright red plumage with blue wing linings and a blue chest. It was believed for many years that the male and female were two completely different species due to their colour difference.

Distribution

The Eclectus Parrot is only found in a small part of far north Queensland in the Cape York Peninsula, however they are also found outside of Australia in New Guinea and other islands north of Australia.

Lifespan

The life expectancy of the Eclectus Parrot is 30 years.

Size

The Eclectus Parrot's size ranges from 40 - 43 centimetres in length once they are fully grown. They can also weigh up to 440 grams.

Diet

The Eclectus Parrot's diet consists of berries, fruits, nuts and seeds which they often forage for in the high tree canopies in rainforests.

Habitat

This species is often found in rainforests usually nearby eucalypt woodlands.

Breeding

The Eclectus Parrots often nest in high tree hollows usually near water. It is also common for one tree to house several nests. Their breeding season is between July - January.