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Northern Austrailia, Solomon Islands & New Guinea

Red-sided Eclectus Parrot

This species exhibits sexual dimorphism, meaning males and females do not look alike. Females are red and blue while males are mostly green. The two sexes look so different that they were considered separate species for many years.

Both parent birds feed and care for the chicks. They are sometimes assisted by helpers, usually their chicks from the previous year or unpaired adult parrots.

HABITATLowland forests, clumps of large trees on the savannah
DIET Fruit, seeds, buds, nectar and pollen
LIFE Expectancy20 years

Fun Fact
If a human baby weighed 7 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as a caterpillar it would weigh 189,000 pounds when fully grown.
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