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Archie

Vosmaeri Eclectus

The eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus) is a parrot native to the Solomon IslandsSumbaNew Guinea and nearby islands, northeastern Australia, and the Maluku Islands (Moluccas). It is unusual in the parrot family for its extreme sexual dimorphism of the colours of the plumage; the male having a mostly bright emerald green plumage and the female a mostly bright red and purple/blue plumage.  Joseph Forshaw, in his book  Parrots of the World, noted that the first European ornithologists to see eclectus parrots thought they were of two distinct species. Large populations of this parrot remain, and they are sometimes considered pests for eating fruit off trees. Some populations restricted to relatively small islands are comparably rare. Their bright feathers are also used by native tribespeople in New Guinea as decorations.

Archie came to the sanctuary when his former owner could no longer care for him. He's a young boy of only 4 years old. Archie is a little mischief-maker but also a very sweet boy. As with all Eclectus Parrots, Archie is extremely smart. Archie has made many friends here in the sanctuary.

Sadly poor Archie is no longer with us. I came home to find Archie passed away on my bedroom floor, next to his cage. There was a half eaten almond lodged in his beak. Poor Archie choked to death on the almond. It pains me that I was not home at the time and couldn't help him. R.I.P. Archie, you left this world far too early. I miss you so much and think about you all he time.