Categories: Birds,Meet The Animals

Austin Zoo has many exotic birds that, when in the wild, live in jungles. They are brightly colored and can be very noisy. We also have peacocks, chickens and Guinea hens that roam freely around the Zoo property which, along with emus, are flightless birds.

Black Capped Lory

Little Gal

Diet: Herbivore
Lifespan: Up to 28 years
Weight: Up to 0.5 lbs.
Status: Least Concern
Habitat: Found in New Guinea and adjacent smaller islands

Did you know?

  • In the wild, the Black Capped Lory is seen in small groups of up to ten, but most frequently live as single pairs. In its native habitat, it has an excellent food supply from dense rainforest. Their diet primarily includes pollen, nectar, flowers, fruit and insects.
  • The Black Capped Lory is known for its intelligence, and it also adept at learning to speak. It enjoys clowning around.
  • The Black Capped Lory can be quite loud, and needs plenty of toys and entertainment to keep it occupied and happy.

Blue and Gold Macaw


Diet: Herbivore
Lifespan: Up to 50+ years
Weight: Up to 1.9-3.3 lbs.
Status: Least Concern
Habitat: Found in the woodlands of tropical South America

Did you know?

  • The Blue and Gold Macaw’s diet consists of nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. They generally mate for life, and nest almost exclusively in dead palms.
  • They use its powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and also for climbing up and hanging from trees.
  • Their loud vocalizations, especially “flock calls” and destructive chewing are natural parts of their behavior.

Umbrella Cockatoo


Diet: Herbivore
Lifespan: Up to 60 years
Weight: Up to 17-20 oz.
Status: Least Concern
Habitat: Native to the central and northern Moluccan Islands near Indonesia

Did you know?

  • They are named for their broad, backward-bending crest, which opens like an umbrella and fans out. When the crest is lowered, the feathers fold back over the head and the crest is hardly visible.
  • A raised crest can indicate that a cockatoo is displaying for its mate; defending its territory or its flock, calling its flock members; or a cockatoo may be expressing curiosity, excitement, surprise, fear or frustration. For those approaching a cockatoo -a raised crest may be a warning not to touch them – or else risk being bitten.
  • Cockatoos form a close bond that lasts for a lifetime. If they are separated, they may slip into a deep depression. In absence of a “true” mate, they may accept a caretaker as its mate.

King Vulture


Diet: Carnivore
Lifespan: Up to 30 years
Weight: Up to 6 – 10 lbs.
Status: Least Concern
Habitat: Tropical lowland forests stretching from southern Mexico to northern Argentina

Did you know?

  • King Vultures have a wing span that can be up to 6 feet.
  • Their head and neck are bald, with the skin color varying, including yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red.
  • Its only natural predators are snakes, which will prey upon the vulture’s eggs and young, and large cats such as jaguars.
  • The King Vulture lacks a voice box, although it can make low croaking noises and wheezing sounds in courtship, and bill-snapping noises when threatened.



Diet: Herbivore
Lifespan: Up to 20 years
Weight: Up to 69-81 lb.
Height: Up to 6 feet tall
Status: Least Concern
Habitat: Native to Australia and inhabit most of the country

Did you know?

  • They do have small wings although they can’t fly, and each wing has a small claw at the tip of it. Instead of flying, the emu will walk or run to its destination. It has some of the strongest legs of all birds. They have three toes on each foot and each is tipped with sharp claws used in defensive kicking of predators.
  • Emus are foraging creatures and feed mostly on plants but will also eat insects such as grasshoppers and crickets. Emus do need to swallow rocks in order to digest the plant materials and will sometimes have up to 1.5 lbs of rocks in its gizzard.
  • When emus sleep, they tuck their legs underneath them and hover slightly above the ground for 20 minutes until they determine the area is safe enough to sleep in.
  • Emus have a second, translucent eyelid that they use to keep the dirt from blowing into their eyes on the dusty terrain of Australia.
  • Emus can talk! They make loud, low drumming noises in their throats as well as some grunting noises.



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