8) Macgillivray's Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus r. macgillivrayi Mathews 1913

Length: 40 cm (15.75 inches)

Weight 450 – 610 gm

Other Names: Australian Eclectus and Queensland Eclectus Parrot

Distribution: Originates from the northern Cape York Peninsula, Australia, which ranges from the Iron Range and Pascoe River region, south to the MacIlwraith Range.

The Macgillivary’s Eclectus is the largest of all the Eclectus subspecies and is limited to the Cape York Peninsula of Australia. This subspecies is named after Dr. W. Macgillvray of Broken Hill, New South Wales in the January,1914 issue of The Emu. Dr. Macgillvray sponsored several collecting expeditions in Australia as early as 1910. Although he received the credit for the discovery of this Eclectus subspecies, this credit should have been rightfully given to Macgillvray's employee, W. McLennon, a popular explorer of that time.


The Macgillivray’s Eclectus is very similar to the Red-sided Eclectus except that it is much larger and has a much longer tail (5.75 inches) with the light yellow edging on its tail being wider (0.4inches).


The female of this subspecies is also very similar to that of the Red-sided female except that it is much larger and has a longer tail (5.75 inches)


1) Grand Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus roratus roratus (P.L.S. Muller 1776)

2) Vosmaeri Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus r. vosmaeri (Rothchild 1922)
3) Cornelia Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus r. cornelia Bonaparte 1850

4) Riedel's Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus r. riedeli A.B. Meyer 1882

5) Red-sided Eclectus Eclectus r. polychlorus (Scopoli 1786)

6) Biaki Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus r. biaki (Hartert 1932)
7) Aru Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus r. aruensis G.R. Gray 1858

8) Macgillivray's Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus r. macgillivrayi Mathews 1913
9) Solomon Island Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus r. solomonensis Rothchild and Hartert 1901


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Possible Route of Eclectus Subspecies Migration Map 1

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