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

Length: 33 cm (13 inches)

Weight: 380 –410 gm

Other Names: Tanimbar Eclectus Parrot

Distribution: Originates from Tanimbar Island, Indonesia.

The Riedel's Eclectus is the only other Eclectus subspecies (along with the Cornelia Eclectus) where the female's breast and body feathers are totally red in coloration. This subspecies was first documented in the scientific literature by A. B. Meyer in 1882. It originates from the Tanimbar Islands hence its common name. This subspecies is practically unheard of in aviculture.


The Riedel's male is visually smaller than possibly any other Eclectus subspecies. It rivals the smallest Solomon Island subspecies. The males have less visual red on the sides of their chests than the other subspecies. Its nape and the sides of the head are more bluish-green and the webs of its primaries are dark blue without any green edging. The Riedeli male is also noticeable lighter in coloration. There is also a broad pale tipping of yellow to the upperside of its tail feathers (1 inch). The underside of the tail is black. Its iris is orange.


The Riedeli female is very distinctive in that like its close relative, the Cornelia Eclectus, is completely red in its body coloration. Its lower back and upper tail coverts are dull dark red. It completely lacks any lavender, purple or blue breast coloration found in the other subspecies. The red is darker in coloration that that of the Cornelia Eclectus. Its under tail coverts and tail tips are similar to that of the Vosmaeri. These areas are covered with a solid yellow coloration.


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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