Tava’s Jungleland is home to six species of parrots, four of which are macaws and two of which are cockatoos. Apollo is a Hyacinth Macaw, the largest of the macaw species. He has bright blue feathers with bright yellow around his eyes and beak. Calie is a Military Macaw. Her species has mostly green feathers with a red forehead. Gracy is a Scarlett Macaw which means she has the largest tail feathers of any parrots. These help her to steer and land during flight. Our Ruby Macaw is aptly named Ruby. Ruby Macaws are actually a hybrid species bred from scarlet and green-winged macaws. Our cockatoos are named Addie and Sydney, both Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos, as well as Solomon, who is an Umbrella Cockatoo.
Large parrots like these can live for over 60 years. The parrots at Tava’s Jungleland range in age from 15 to 35. Macaws are native to Central and South America while Cockatoos are native to Australia and some surrounding islands. 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.