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A red parrot at Six Flags

Bird Trail

Tava’s Jungleland is home to seven parrots; three of which are macaws, three cockatoos and one Hornbill. 

Many species of parrots are unfortunately endangered due to deforestation, habitat loss, and even poaching for the pet trade. Some of our parrots were previous pets that their owners could no longer take care of.

These parrots are all highly intelligent and like to learn, play, and interact with our Animal Care Specialists. When they are not at their exhibit, they can be found participating in The Wildlife Experience show at the nearby Discover Theater.

Gracy the Scarlet Macaw

Gracy (left), our Scarlet Macaw – Ara Macao

The IUCN Red List has Scarlet Macaws
listed as “Least Concern.”  However, their population trend is decreasing, so that could change in the future.

Macaws eat a variety of fruits, seeds,
and nuts.  Their strong beaks are used to crack open the large nuts and seeds. 

They also use their beaks like an extra
foot to help them climb around the dense tree canopies of the rainforests.

Scarlet Macaws are found mostly in South
America, with some populations living in Central America.

Ruby (right), our Ruby Macaw

Ruby Macaws are actually a hybrid species bred from scarlet and green-winged macaws.

Macaws eat a variety of fruits, seeds, and nuts.  Their strong beaks are used to crack open the large nuts and seeds.

They also use their beaks like an extra foot to help them climb around the dense tree canopies of the rainforest.

Macaws can be found in Mexico, Central America, and South America.


Solomon (left), our White Cockatoo – Cacatua alba

White Cockatoos are also known as Umbrella Cockatoos.  When a cockatoo is excited, they will raise the crest feathers on top of their head.  The raised feathers of this species somewhat resembles an open umbrella.

Cockatoos produce a fine dusty powder as they preen their feathers.

White Cockatoos are found throughout Indonesia.

They eat seeds, nuts, and fruits.

White Cockatoos are listed as “endangered” on the IUCN red list due to decreasing population trends.

Calie (right), our Military Macaw – Ara militaris

Military Macaws are listed as “vulnerable” according to the IUCN red list.  This is just one step away from “endangered.”

Military Macaws can be found in parts of Mexico and South America

Bird feathers can provide insulation, aid in flight, and be used as camouflage.

Birds have a lot of adaptations for flight that result in them having a low body weight.  In fact, all of a bird’s feathers together weigh more than the rest of its body.

All parrots have the ability to mimic sounds.  Many parrots that spend their lives with people will learn to mimic sounds they frequently hear, including doorbells, phones ringing, and even human words.

This species has mostly green feathers with a red forehead. Their long tail feathers help to steer and land during flight. 


Vinny (left), our Silvery-cheeked Hornbill – Bycanistes brevis

Silvery-cheeked Hornbills are found in Africa.  They eat mostly fruits, and may occasionally eat insects.

The large casques on top of their heads are mostly hollow and help amplify their calls.  Males have much larger casques than females.

During breeding season, these hornbills will find a tree cavity to nest in.  The female will seal herself in the cavity, leaving only a small opening.  While she lays the eggs, incubates the eggs, and raises the small chicks, the male will forage for food and deliver food to the female and chicks in the nest cavity.


Sydney (left) and Addie (right), our Sulphur-crested Cockatoo – Cacatua galerita

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos can be found throughout the eastern parts of Australia.

They eat a variety of grasses, seeds, fruits, and nuts.

Cockatoos will raise the crest feathers on their heads when they are excited
or to alert to danger nearby.

Large cockatoo species can live 60 years or longer under human care.

Cockatoos have incredibly strong beaks and can be very destructive.


Animal Fact

Near the entrance to Tava's Jungleland
About Parrots

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Fun Fact

  • Parrots are one of the few animals that can mimic human speech.
  • Large parrots like ours can live for over 60 years. The parrots at Tava’s Jungleland range in age from 15 to 35.

Conservation Status

  • Scientific Name: Psittaciformes
  • Collective noun: flock

*Birds may periodically not be within their exhibit due to the spread of Avian Flu

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