Female Eclectus


The Eclectus parrot is unusual in the parrot family for its difference in the colours of the plumage between sexes. A stocky short-tailed parrot, it measures around 35 cm in length. The Eclectus female is mostly bright red with a darker hue on the back and wings. The mantle and under-wing coverts darken to a more purple in colour, and the wing is edged with a mauve-blue. The tail is edged with yellowish-orange above, and is more orange tipped with yellow underneath.

The beak of the adult female is all black. Adults have yellow to orange irises and juveniles have dark brown to black irises. The upper mandible of both male and female juveniles are brown at the base fading to yellow towards the biting edges and the tip

The Eclectus is native to the Solomon Islands, Sumba, New Guinea and nearby islands, northeastern Australia, and the Maluku Islands.

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