Eclectus Parrot

Latin Name

Eclectus roratus

Description

The male and female Eclectus are very different looking. The male Eclectus are green with a yellowish beak, while the females are a red color with a black beak. Underside of male's wing is bright red with a small patch of blue.

The red-sided and the vosmaeri are two of the Eclectus sub species most commonly bred in the U.S. The vosmaeri is the larger of the two, with the male being the typical green with red markings and a large coral colored beak. The hen shades from red to lavender, with yellow at the vent and tip of the tail. The head seems rather small for the size of the body. The red-sided hen has a narrow blue eye ring and a very brilliant red head, neck, and upper chest - with a distinct change to brilliant blue below. They seem to have larger, blockier heads than the vosmaeri, and slightly more compact bodies. Beak and feet on the hen are black.

Health Note

These parrots have unusually long digestive tracts; to remain healthy they require large amounts of fiber in their daily diet. Also - they require a variety of fruits.

Avg. Life Span

30 years

Length

14 Inches

Sexing

See description above.

Origin

New Guinea and North Australia.

Trainability

These birds can be taught to talk, and will sometimes imitate humans very well.

Loudness

These birds can be noisy, but may be quiet as well.

Pricing

$600-1200