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Blue Salomon Island Eclectus



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Scientific Name: Eclectus roratus solomonensis

 

Origin: Solomon Islands – New Georgia, Malaita, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Choiseul, and San Cristobal.

 

Habitat: The Blue Solomon Island Eclectus inhabits trees in rainforests.

 

Physical Description: The Blue Solomon Island Eclectus stands up to 35cm (14 inches) tall.

The male bird is predominantly dark green with blue along the wing edges and red under its wings. The male’s upper madible is bright orange and the bottom is black. The female bird is predominantly red, also with blue along the wing edges. The females have blue rings around their eyes and their beaks are black.

 

Behavior: The Blue Solomon Island Eclectus is a moderately quiet bird that enjoys spending time with humans, but also likes some alone time. It can learn to talk if taught early on. This bird is gentle and passive.

 

Vocalization: The Blue Solomon Island Eclectus is a quiet bird. It gives off a range of sounds including whistles and coos. They can scream loudly when disturbed or scared.  

 

Breeding: The Blue Solomon Island Eclectus female may lay eggs even without mating with a male. The eggs will of course be infertile in that case.

Females lay approximately two eggs in a nest made in tree hollows. When the female bird is incubating the eggs, up to five males will come and feed her so she does not have to leave the nest. The incubation period lasts around 30 days, and the chicks fledge 11 weeks after hatching.

  

Food Habits: The Blue Solomon Island Eclectus eats a range of fruits, unripe nuts, seeds, flower buds, and leaf buds.