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Eclectus Species

Female Eclectus

Female Vosmaeri Eclectus Parrot

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The genus Eclectus is composed of nine (possibly ten) subspecies, with differences in size, coloring and natural range.

Of these subspecies, the following four are the most commonly seen in captivity:

  1. Red-sided Eclectus (Eclectus roratus polychloros)
      • Native Range: New Guinea mainlandID: blue eye rings, no yellow tail tips)

  2. Grand Eclectus (Eclectus roratus roratus)
      • Native Range: Southern Moluccan Islands also known as Maluku Islands, Moluccas or the Spice Islands

  3. Solomon Island Eclectus (Eclectus roratus solomonensis)

  4. Vosmaeri Eclectus or Vos Eclectus (Eclectus roratus vosmaeri)

Female EclectusSignificantly less common and unknown in the United States are the:

  1. Biaki or Biak Island Eclectus (Eclectus roratis biaki)
      • Native Range: Biak Islands - northwest of New Guinea

  2. Sumba Island Eclectus aka Cornelia's Eclectus (Eclectus roratus cornelia)

  3. Australian Eclectus Parrot or Macgillivray Eclectus (Eclectus roratus macgillivrayi)
      • Native Range: Australia, specifically the Cape York PenninsulaAt an average length of 37 cm or 14.5 inches, this is the largest of all Eclectus species

  4. Tanimbar Islands Eclectus or Riedeli’s Eclectus (Eclectus roratus riedeli)
      • Native Range: Tanimbar Islands in the Maluku province of IndonesiaID: At an average length of 29.25 cm or 11.5 inches, this is (together with the Westerman's Eclectus), the smallest of all Eclectus species.

  5. New Guinea Red-sided Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus polychloros)

  6. Aru Island Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus aruensis

  7. Westerman's Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus westermani) - doubtfully valid.
      • ID: At an average length of 29.25 cm or 11.5 inches, this is (together with the Riedeli’s Eclectus, the smallest of all Eclectus species.


Eclectus Female ComparisonEclectus Roratus Female Identification




Sub-Species:


Aru Red Sided Eclectus


Australian Red Sided Eclectus


Biak Red Sided Eclectus


Ceram Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus r. roratus) - Grand Eclectus


Cornelia's Eclectus Parrots:

Species: Scientific: Eclectus roratus cornelia aka Lorius roratus cornelia ... English: Cornelia's Eclectus Parrot ... Dutch: Cornelia's Edelpapegaai ... German: Cornelia Edelpapagei ... French: Perroquet eclectus de Cornelia

Distribution: Sumba in the Lesser Sunda Islands

Male Eclectus

Grand Eclectus


Halmahera Eclectus (Vosmaeri Eclectus)


Queensland Eclectus Parrots or Macgillivray Eclectus


New Guinea Eclectus


Macgillivray Eclectus


Oceanic Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus infectus) is an extinct parrot species which occurred on Tonga and Vanuatu (possibly on Fiji)


Red-sided Eclectus aka New Guinea Eclectus


Riedel's Eclectus Parrots:

Species: Scientific: Eclectus roratus riedeli ... English: Riedel's Eclectus Parrot ... Dutch: Riedels Edelpapegaai ... German: Riedels Edelpapagei ... French: Perroquet eclectus de Riedel

Distribution: Tinimbar Islands


Solomon Island Eclectus aka Solomon Eclectus


Vosmaeri's Eclectus aka Halmahera Eclectus Parrot


Westerman's Eclectus Parrots: It is unknown if this is a real subspecies or an aviary bred bird.

Description: The Westerman's Eclectus hen has a dark smoky abdomen and is smaller than the females of the other sub-species, which feature blue or purple abdomens. Identification of the males in the various subspecies is much more difficult to determine. The usual method being differences in the size of the bird and the shade of green in their plumage.

Species: Scientific: Eclectus roratus westermani ... English: Westerman's Eclectus Parrot ... Dutch: Westermans Edelpapegaai ... German: Westermans Edelpapagei ... French: Perroquet eclectus de Westerman

Distribution: only known by aviary specimens




Taxonomy and Recommended Websites:

Class: Aves

Order: Psittaciformes

Family: Psittacidae ... Subfamily: Psittacinae

Genus: Scientific: Eclectus ... English: Eclectus Parrots ... Dutch: Edelpapegaaien ... German: Edelpapageien ... French: Perroquet eclectus ... CITES II: Endangered Species



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