October 5, 2016 – Eclectus Parrots (Eclectus roratus)
Requested by: @taylorrbranham
These parrots are native to New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, northern Australia, the Maluku Islands, and other small islands in the area. They feed on berries, fruits, nuts, seeds, and blossoms. Each morning, pairs or small groups leave their roosting sites to feed in the surrounding trees. Probably the most dramatically sexually dimorphic parrot species, males and females have completely different coloration. Males have mostly green plumage, while females are red and purplish blue. Their nests are large tree cavities lined with wood chips where females incubate the eggs and both parents feed the chicks. They may be communal breeders, as up to eight birds have been seen attending the same nest.