Through the Looking Glass of Val Lee – Eclectus Parrot (Solomon)

Barbados Eclectus Parrot (Female) @ Val Lee

When my husband and I were in Barbados, I found it bewildering to see the Solomon Eclectus (Pronounced “ek-lek-tus”)Parrots standing on the ground and peering out of holes like ground hogs. In my mind’s eye, wild Parrots should always be perched in high trees. It is true; they are often spotted in lofty positions in tropical trees in arid climates. They can also be spotted on the ground and at times nest in holes as I have learned.

The Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus Roratus) is native to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands (Moluccas). It is arguably the most noticeably dimorphic bird species in aviculture today. Up to the early 20th century, the cock and hen had been wrongly grouped into two different Parrot species.

It is unusual for females to be more colorful in the wild kingdom, and the striking female Grand Eclectus supplants her duller male counterpart. She wears a bright red headdress, complimented by a lovely royal blue shawl-like covering about the neck, being accented through her wine-tinted back feathering. She displays an unusual blue eye-ring and her beak is black.

The cock reveals varying shades of vivid green with some yellow tinting, with a bright candy corn colored upper beak and a black lower mandible. He poses with blue or red tail and wing feathers. No doubt, females find the males to be quite attractive. The flight wings of both sexes are gorgeous when displayed in the air, being rainbow-like.

Barbados Eclectus Parrot (Male) @ Val Lee

All Parrots have a strong curved bill, sturdy legs, and upright stance. Their feet maneuvering reveal extreme power. It is possible for them to hang upside down from a branch for long periods. Their claw-like feet have two outer toes that point backwards. These nimble toes are formed to grip with the two forward pointing inner toes. Quite the mechanics! This toe grasping enables them to hold and manipulate objects close to their bill. It is like fork to fork union when placing food in their mouths.

Their nourishment consists of seeds, nuts, fruits, leaf buds, blossoms, and nectar.

The LORD created Parrots with unique characteristic features and an intelligence that speaks in more ways than one. They are generally classified among the top three Parrots for talking ability when nurtured as pets.

The Eclectus is a medium-sized parrot. The length of the commonly available Eclectus subspecies ranges 12 to14½ inches and the wingspan is from 2 to 2½ feet.

The birds will cry loudly in flight. While feeding they discharge a mellow fluting type call. They fly in pairs or small parties in search of food. In the evening, they engage in display flights before gathering in large groups, up to 80 birds, to roost and echo their final night call.

Eclectus Parrots are monogamous (united for life) according to sources. However, some report they are not. Most parrot species are lifetime committed and I guess I have to leave it at that. It is amazing that God created many avis’ that commit for life as mankind should. These wingers mainly mate between August and January. They are cooperative breeders. Fellow Eclectus lend aid to new parents. Is this not interesting? Christians (Those who love Jesus Christ and have accepted His forgiving love) are called to minister to one another, assisting one another. Every believer is to consider each person as being more important than themselves; Philippians 2:3-4. These Parrots willingly assist one another as the need arrives; revealing a helpful nature.

Because they are gregarious, you can locate four nests in one tree. Most Parrots make simple nests in tree holes (one of a few avis’ that do). However, they will also construct nursery homes in the ground, among rocks or in termite mounds. The hen delivers a clutch of two to five white eggs. Only the female sits on the nest. She only leaves the brood when she needs to be fed by her mate. The incubation process is 28 days. The feeble young are fed by both parents with predigested food that is regurgitated. The young birds leave the nest about 12 weeks after hatching.

Their average lifespan in the wild is 30 years.

The Master Artisan exquisitely designed Parrots to reveal majestic palette hues. God has miraculously provided us with 372 known Parrot species. There are seven colorful subspecies of the Eclectus. The Lord created Parrots to be stunning for the watching world.  He “saw” His animal kingdom, and affirmed, “it was good.” (Genesis chapter 1)

Remarkable Parrot Talk:

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* Information gratefully gathered from various web sources.

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