Adult male comparison chart


Compiled by Pat and Gene Novak and Eclectus Group board members using the following references: Parrots of the World by John Forshaw, Parrots: Their Care and Breeding by Rosemary Low; A Guide to Eclectus Parrots by Australian Birdkeeper; The Eclectus--A Complete Guide by Roger Sweeney; A Complete Guide to Eclectus Parrots by K.Wayne Arthur, Fred Bauer, and Laurella Desborough; Parrots and Related Birds by Bates and Busenbach. 

Identification issues in conflict between resources was resolved through reference to eclectus skin collections by Laurella Desborough. There are ten named Eclectus subspecies. Some authorities recognize only seven. This chart compares six found in U.S. aviculture.

Note: Sub-adult eclectus males may have juvenile plumage which contains some red feathers similar to those of the adult female eclectus. Depending on the subspecies, tails may be tipped in red or reddish-orange. These tail feather colors disappear after the first moult. Occasionally adult males will present slight 'necklaces' of red or blue feathers, or bluish feathers on the breast; which are part of the bird's regular feather coloring. Feather color may be affected by lack of a bath and by age of the feathers. When nearing the moult, green feathers are not as reflective and show darker than usual. Eye color develops with age and may be affected by other factors as well. L.D.



Eclectus roratus roratus


E.r. polychlos


E.r. vosmaeri

Solomon Isl.

E.r. solomonensis


E.r. biaki


E.r. aruensis

375-475gms 12.75 to 13" 425-525gms 13-13.5" 425-540gms 13.5 to 14 325-425gms 12" 350-425gms 12.5" 425-540gms 13.5-14"
yellow-gold/ golden-oange reddish- orange  dark amber reddish / reddish- orange reddish/ reddish-orange reddish/ reddish-orange
slender stocky elongated/ slender stocky/ compact stocky/ compact   elongated/compact
General Appearance
Stocky, but longer and slimmer than females. Dark forest green.
Bright forest green (pure green) Brilliant lime green. Body longer than female.   Brilliant lime green body, head darker green. Wings folded reach almost to tail tip. Dark forest green, an emerald green. Deep emerald green (bluish green), blue tints on head. Appears larger than E.r.p
Bright forest green Bright pure green    Iridescent lime green Bright forest green Bright forest green  Emerald green with bluish tints
Sides  under wing
Bright red Bright red Bright red, covers larger area    Bright red Bright red Bright red
Wing primaries
  Outside edge dark blue with bright green line along leading edge. Inside edge black.       .
  Electric light/bright sky blue        
Undertail coverts
Bright forest green Bright forest green Bright lime green with yellow tint and tip Bright forest green  Bright forest green  Bright forest green with 1/4 " yellowish tip
5 3/8" 5.5" 5.75" 4.25" 4.75" 5.5"
Tail feathers
Outside portion green, inside portion black, some royal blue along shaft. Outside portion green, inside portion black, some royal blue along shaft. Outside portion green, royal blue both sides of shaft, inside portion black.  Outside portion green , inside portion green to blue to black, royal blue along shaft. Outside portion green, inside portion black, some royal blue along shaft.  Outside portion dark green to royal blue along shaft, inside portion blue to black.
Tail tip
Tail tipped with yellow, best seen from underneath 1/4 " very pale lemon yellow   3/8 " lemon yellow 3/8" pale lemon yellow 3/8" lemon yellow .


NOTES ON TAILS: Tail feathers were measured after moulting, from the point of entry into the body , along the shaft to the tail tip. The two central tail feathers in adult male eclectus subspecies are solid green, with yellow tip. Yellow on tail tips is more clearly visible from underneath. L.D.