Eclectus Parrot – Eclectus roratus
Eclectus parrot – Eclectus roratus
The males have a head and upper bright green parties. The females are very different from their partners. They have bright red plumage with a large purple collar that runs across the top of the mantle.
This very common bird lives in forests, woodlands, savannas, mangroves, coconut plantations and eucalyptus plots in lowland forests, coastal areas and nearby farmland.
Native from New Guinea and small islands that surround the archipelago of the Moluccas to Bismarck and the Solomon Islands. In New Guinea, the species lives only in coastal regions and lowlands.
They live alone, in pairs or in small groups which are often composed solely of males during the breeding season. Sometimes they hover like the hawks above the forest. These are extremely cautious birds and most of the time they remain in the canopy as they forage.
Nesting can occur at any time of the year; in Australia, it takes place between July and February, in Buru, it takes place in November, in Ceram in August and in the Solomon Islands between June and September. The mode of reproduction seems to be cooperative because we have spotted up to 8 birds caring for a single nest. The female lays eggs on a bed of sawdust. Chicks break their shell after 26 days and can fly after 12 weeks. The female incubates alone and leaves the nest twice a day to be replaced by the male.
Its diet consists mainly of plants: fruits, seeds, tufts of flowers, buds, nuts and nectar, corn, figs and papayas.