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Photo by James Eaton
Talaud Island, Indonesia, August 2004
Eos histrio


31 cm. Patterned, arboreal parrot. It is red, with an orange bill and a purplish-blue patch on mid- to hind crown and broad line from eye to mantle. The breast-band, mantle and back are purplish-blue. The scapulars, flight feathers and thighs are black. while the wing feathers are red and tipped with black. The tail is Reddish-purple. Voice: Short harsh chattering screeches




Two subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • E. h. talautensis - Talaud Islands
  • E. h. histrio - Sangihi, Siau and Ruang Islands (north of Sulawesi)




It eats fruit and insects, as well as coconut nectar.

May-June is the breeding period and nests are made in holes in tall trees.


  1. Clements, JF. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019

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