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Eclectus Parrot
Eclectus Roratus
The Eclectus parrot has no particular breeding season. During courtship, the male follows one female and tries to get her attention by making noisy, excited squawking sounds. When the female is ready to mate, she selects a nest site in a hole high up in a tree trunk. The entrance is around three inches across. She chews up bits of wood with which to line the nest and makes a cosy bed for the eggs.
The female lays two eggs and incubates them without the help of the male. The male visits the nest at regularly during incubation and feeds the female with regurgitated food. The eggs hatch after 26 days, and the young grow feathers (fledge), learning to fly at 12 weeks.
These are beautiful birds, Eclectus parrots live in rainforests of Pacific islands such as New Guinea. It is believed that these parrots were introduced to some islands by forest-dwelling natives who enjoyed them as pets.
Eclectus parrots are noisy yet sociable birds that gather in huge flocks of up to eighty. They fly well and climb trees with ease, using their beaks and feet to grip the branches.
The male is a stocky, medium-size bird with bright, shiny green feathers with red flashes on its sides and underneath the wings. The female is slightly smaller and has a bright red head, throat, and wings which strikingly contrast with her brilliant blue chest and purple under-wings.
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