The Bloedel Conservatory has adopted two new parrots!
Ruby and Kiwi are Eclectus parrots. They arrived at the Bloedel Conservatory a few weeks ago and are settling in very well.
Eclectus parrots are very unique. First, they are the most colour dimorphic parrot in the world! The males of many other bird species tend to be more colourful than the females, take for example a peacock or a pheasant. This lets females stay camouflaged so they can care for their young. For other species of parrots, only DNA testing can determine whether a bird is male or female.
For the eclectus parrots however, the females are more brightly coloured with red, blues and sometimes violet and lavender while the males are mostly emerald green. Also notice Ruby’s black beak compared to Kiwi’s “candy corn” orange and yellow beak. The range of this sexual dimorphism is so great that for years, experts thought they were two completely different species!
The other main differences of eclectus parrots to other parrot species is the structure of their feathers. The structure is so fine that it actually resembles hair rather than feathers. They also tend to have a more quiet and calm demeanor than other parrots. Kiwi tends to be the better talker of the two and may send out a gentle “hillooooo” when you stop by. Actually, his voice sounds a bit like Dustin Hoffman’s character Ray Babbitt in the movie Rainman when he gets going.
Eclectus parrots can live up to 50 years of age and are native to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and Northeast Australia.
Why not plan a visit to the Bloedel Conservatory and meet Ruby and Kiwi in person? Or better, come in and meet all the birds, then wander through the quarry gardens at QE park to find your perfect picnic spot. Now that summer is here, it’s a great way to spend the day!