Island Eclectus Parrot
Ellen Trout Zoo is now home to a pair of Solomon Island Eclectus
Parrots. This is one of the smallest subspecies (about 12
inches in length) but that’s not the most interesting thing
about them. Eclectus Parrots are one of the few species of
parrot that demonstrate sexual dimorphism.
What that means is that males and
females are different colors. This is seen in many other types
of birds including the peafowl that roam the zoo (brilliant blue
males and dull brown females) and the cardinals in your back
yard (brilliant red male and dull brownish female). A second
unusual fact about the coloring of Eclectus Parrots is that it
is the female that is the bright color and the male that is more
subdued; the reverse of what is commonly seen in other birds.
Female Eclectus Parrots are predominantly red while males are
Male and female coloring is so
different that they were originally believed to be two species.
The name Eclectus comes from the word “eclectic” which means
“from various sources”. This refers to the disparate colors of
the male and female.
Come out to the Zoo and welcome
Georgie and Cherry.