Eclectus Parrot
Sounds & Calls

Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus)

Female Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) at a nest hollow

Eclectus Parrots (Eclectus roratus) are noisy, large parrots native to Cape York Peninsula in northern Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and parts of Indonesia. The male and female of this species exhibit striking sexual dimorphism – the male is predominately emerald green and the female is a rich scarlet red and purple. The difference between sexes is so pronounced that for decades the early ornithologists who described them thought they were entirely different species! .

Vocalisations of Eclectus Parrots are quite extensive are varied. They often call in flight, making harsh squawks and screeches. Female Eclectus Parrots often give loud, ringing whistles which can sound melodic when a series of notes are given at different pitches (as in the audio in the first part of the video below).

Conservation Status: Although Eclectus Parrots are still relatively common in many parts of their range, habitat loss from deforestation, and hunting and trapping for the wildlife trade are factors with potential to affect the conservation status of this species. They are currently listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in Queensland.