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Family

  • Psittacidae

Lifespan

  • ~28 years
  • 40.8 years based on anecdotal evidence

Size

  • Length: 14 inches
  • Weight: 16 ounces

Range

  • Soloman Islands, Sumba, New Guinea, Maluku Islands, Northeastern Australia

Habitat

  • Emergent rainforest trees near a freshwater source

Diet

  • Wild: Fruits, wild figs, unripe nuts, leaf and flower buds, and some seeds
  • Zoo: Mazuri Parrot chow, produce, and corn

Reproduction

  • Pairs nest within hollows in emergent rainforest trees
  • Eclectus parrots become sexually mature at 2-3 years
  • Two eggs are typically laid in the spring
  • Incubation takes 28-30 days
  • Young fledge around 11 weeks

Interesting Facts

  • Typically the male has the more showy plumage in birds and the female is camouflaged, but in this species the females have vivid coloration, while the males' green hue blends with the foliage as they forage in the trees for food

Conservation Status

  • CITES –Appendix II
  • IUCN –Least Concern

Sources

  1. AnAge: The Animal Aging and Longevity Database. Accessed January 2016. http://genomics.senescence.info/species/entry.php?species=Eclectus_roratus
  2. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  3. BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Eclectus roratus. Accessed January 2016 http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=1446
  4. Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed January 2016 http://eol.org/pages/914968/details
  5. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search

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