New Guinea – Australia
frutta – verdura – semi
Lowland forests and wooded savannas
Spawn: 2 Incubation: 28 – 30 days
The Eclectus Parrot is a bird of the Psittacidae family.
It has a marked sexual dimorphism. The female has a red plumage with dark red wings, a blue breast and neck and a black beak. The male is green with light blue shoulders and the inside of its wings are red. The upper part of the beak is yellow and orange while the lower part is black.
It’s around 40 cm long and weighs around 500 g.
The female is sexually mature at around 2-3 years. It lays 2 eggs that incubate for 28-30 days.
It is a polygamous species. More than one male mates with a single female that lays her eggs in the cavity of a large tree in the forest where she stays for up to eleven months distancing herself only rarely. The male provides food through regurgitation in an attempt to affirm his rights to the female and to as the father of the chicks. This unusual mating strategy explains the sexual dimorphism of this species. The red-colored female attracts the attention of the males whereas the males need to be protected by their camouflaging colors as they roam the forest in search of food. Their lifespan is around 35 years.