The Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) is medium-sized bird.
The Eclectus Parrot male and female look very different. The male is bright green and the female is mostly bright red. The male is bright green with blue primary feathers and red sides. Its short tail is edged with a narrow band of creamy-yellow, but is mainly green.
The female is bright red with a darker colour on her back and wings. Her underwing coverts are purple. Her short tail is edged with yellow-orange above and orange below. The male has an orange and black beak: orange on the upper mandible and black on the lower mandible. The female has an all-black beak. Both have yellow to orange eyes.
It measures about 35 centimetres (14 inches) tall.
The Eclectus Parrot is native to the Solomon Islands, Sumba, New Guinea, Maluku Islands, and north-eastern Australia. It prefers rain forests.
The Eclectus Parrot eats fruit, nuts, flowers, leaves, and seeds. The male travels up to 20 kilometres (12 miles) to look for food.
It nests in the hollow of trees. The female lays 2 white eggs, which hatch after 28-30 days. The young chicks gain their flight feathers after 11 weeks. The female looks after and protects her chicks.
The average lifespan of the Eclectus Parrot is about 30 years.
[Location of photographs: Adelaide Zoo, Australia and Tashkent Zoo, Uzbekistan]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM