Distribution: Northern Queensland
Habitat: Rainforests, savannah woodlands.
Description: Male and female Eclectus Parrots have such different colours that they are often mistaken as two different species. The males are bright green with red underneath their wings. The beak is two different colours. The upper bill is orange and the lower bill is black. Females are bright red with a broad blue band across their breast. Their beaks are black.
Diet: Eclectus Parrots are herbivores and eat berries and other fruit, nuts, seeds and blossoms.
In the wild: Eclectus Parrots are very noisy birds. In the early morning, the birds leave their nests to feed in the surrounding forest. They return to their nests around dusk and begin screeching and squawking which continues until after nightfall.
Threats: Found in the rainforests of Northern Queensland, Eclectus Parrots are threatened by habitat destruction and introduced predators like feral cats and foxes.
At Perth Zoo: Perth Zoo has a number of Eclectus Parrots from Papua New Guinea that live with other birds in the Tropical Aviary next to Meerkats Café.
Did you know? Eclectus Parrots make a ‘kraach-krrack’ call when flying and a horn-like ‘chu-wee chu-wee’ when feeding.