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Eclectus Parrot

(Eclectus roratus)
Alternate name(s): "Red-sided Parrot", "Rocky River Parrot"
Size: 42-48 cm (male), 40-45 cm (female)
Weight: 480-620 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eclectus Parrot at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Eclectus Parrot taken in captivity (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)

Lateral view of a male Eclectus Parrot taken in captivity (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)

Lateral view of a male Eclectus Parrot taken in captivity (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)

Near-dorsal view of a male Eclectus Parrot taken in captivity (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Pair of Eclectus Parrots taken in captivity; male on the right, female on the left (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Eclectus Parrot; photo taken with friendly permission of its owners

Lateral view of a female Eclectus Parrot; photo taken with friendly permission of its owners

Dorsal view of a female Eclectus Parrot; photo taken with friendly permission of its owners

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Juvenile male Eclectus Parrot at 16 weeks of age (photo courtesy of D. Madden)

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jul - Jan Eggs: 2 Incubation period: 26 days Fledging age: ca. 15 days

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female Dependent care: Female

As many other parrot species, the male Eclectus Parrot feeds the female while incubating and brooding the chicks. Eclectus Parrots are often assisted by birds from earlier broods.

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Tree hollow Material: Lining? Height above ground: 10 - 30 m

Female Eclectus Parrot in captivity at the opening of its nesting hollow (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 42 x 33 mm Colour: White Shape: Rounded

Food, Diet

Eclectus Parrots are fruit-eaters.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

eclect_20140722.mp3 (in captivity) Contact call? (female) © MD

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