Eclectus roratus (male)
The natural range of the Eclectus Parrot includes New Guinea, the Solomon islands, the Indonesian islands and the Cape York peninsula of Australia.
The male and female Eclectus are very different looking. The male Eclectus are green with a yellowish beak, while the females are a red color with a black beak. The underside of males wing is bright red with a small patch of blue. The plumage of the Eclectus is so fine as to appear more like hair than feathers. Their diet in the wild consists mainly of fruits, unripe nuts, flower and leaf buds, and some seeds. Two favorite fruits are the pomegranate and the papaya with seeds.
In captivity these birds can be taught to talk, and will sometimes imitate humans very well.
The above picture was taken in the Attica Zoological Park, Athens, Greece, in July 2008.
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