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Grand or Dusky Eclectus

Male Grand Eclectus Parrot (preening)

General Eclectus Information (Personality, Care, Diet)

The Grand Eclectus, also known as Dusky Eclectus, is native to Buru, Seram (formerly Ceram), Amboina, Saparua, and Haruku in the South Moluccas / Maluka Island.


Contrary to what the name suggests - the Grand Eclectus is actually smaller than most other Eclectus subspecies. Breeders frequently call Vosmaeri Eclectuses by the name Grand Eclectus, which is incorrect and causes confusion.

The Grand Eclectus is stocky in shape - similiar to the Solomon Eclectus - and has a narrower beak than the other eclectuses. The plumage is somewhat less vibrant than the one of the other eclectuses, and the tail is considerabl shorter and only narrowly tipped with lemon yellow.

The males are generally green with blue at the bend of the wing and red under the wing and sides of the body.

The female is generally red with dull-purple across the upper mantle, abdomen and lower breast. Her red feathers have a burnt or darkened quality and the tips of her tail feathers are often edged with yellow orange. The vent area is orange.

Male Grand Eclectus Parrot


The grand eclectus parrots breed all year round, producing several clutches. The hen usually lays 2 - 3 white glossy eggs per clutch and may total 10 eggs per year. The female incubates them for about 26 days, while the male feeds her. The eggs will hatch 26 days after being laid.

Grand Eclectus Parrots as Pets:

Training and Behavioral Guidance:

  • Pet parrots generally present challenges, such as excessive chewing - especially at certain stages in their life. They do discover their beaks as method of "disciplining us" once they are out of the "baby stage" and they can generally be somewhat naughty, and it really is important to learn to understand them and to guide their behavior before an undesirable behavior has been established.

    Undisciplined parrots will chew on electric wiring potentially causing house fires. They regard anything in your home as a "toy" that can be explored and chewed on; destroying items that you may hold dear or are simply valuable.

    Even a young bird that has not been neglected and abused requires proper guidance; this becomes even more challenging when it involves a rescued bird that may require rehabilitation.

    • Grand EclectusWeb Resources: I put together web resources for you to help you understand your pet bird and properly direct him. Please visit the following website to learn more about parrot behavior and training.


  • Scientific: Eclectus roratus roratus aka Lorius roratus roratus
  • English: Grand Eclectus Parrot
  • Dutch: Edelpapegaai
  • German: Ceram Edelpapagei
  • French: Perroquet eclectus grande

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

Male Grand Eclectus Parrot

Grand Eclectus Parrot

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