French: Grand Éclectus German: Edelpapagei Spanish: Loro ecléctico
Subspecies and Distribution
E. r. vosmaeri
(Rothschild, 1922) – N & C Moluccas from Morotai S to Obi.
E. r. roratus
(Statius Müller, 1776) – S Moluccas (Buru, Seram, Ambon, Haruku, Saparua).
E. r. cornelia
Bonaparte, 1850 – Sumba (W Lesser Sundas).
E. r. riedeli
A. B. Meyer, 1882 – Tanimbar Is.
E. r. aruensis
G. R. Gray, 1858 – Aru Is.
E. r. biaki
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1932) – Biak I (N Geelvink Bay), NW New Guinea.
E. r. polychloros
(Scopoli, 1786) – New Guinea and adjacent islands and archipelagos (Kai Is, W Papuan Is, Mios Num and Yapen, islands in extreme N Torres Strait, Trobriand Is, and D’Entrecasteaux and Louisiade Archipelagos).
E. r. solomonensis
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 – Admiralty Is (from Manus) through Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Is (S to Makira, but absent St Matthias Is, Nissan and Rennell).
E. r. macgillivrayi
Mathews, 1913 – extreme N Queensland (E Cape York Peninsula), in extreme NE Australia.
35–42 cm; 355–615 g. Male green; upper mandible yellowish red, lower black; flanks and underwing-coverts red; leading edge of wing blue; primaries with deep blue... read more
Vocabulary quite extensive and varied. Calls include pure or nasal even-pitched whistles, short... read more
Occupies canopy of all wooded habitats from coast to mid-montane areas, including mangroves, nypa... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits, seeds, nuts, leaf-buds, blossoms all taken, with Parinarium and Pandanus much targeted; in Solomons fig-like... read more
Generally Aug–Sept, possibly Jan, and very likely at any time of year; Nov on Buru; Apr–Aug in Solomons. Nest in hole in high... read more
Local movements observed may only be daily feeding flights.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common, Halmahera. Moderately common but declining with elevation, Seram. Although still fairly common on Bacan, now rare... read more
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