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 and Guinea fowl that roam freely around the Zoo property.

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.



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.


Diet: Omnivore
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
Weight: 9-13 lb.
Height: Males can reach lengths of 8 feet including their tail feathers
Status: Least Concern
Habitat: Originally native to India, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and Africa, but now inhabit large parts of Mexico and the United States

Did you know?

  • The Peafowl bird species includes male peacocks and female peahens.
  • Males are best known for their extravagant eye-spotted tail covert feathers, which they displays as part of courtship. The female displays her plumage to ward off female competition or signal danger to her young.
  • Peafowl are forest birds that nest on the ground but roost in trees.
  • Peafowl are omnivorous and eat most plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, insects and other arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians.
  • The Peacock’s tail feathers fan out into an elaborate train equivalent to more than 60% of the bird’s body length.
  • Austin Zoo is home to a few Blackshoulder Peacocks and Peahens. “Blackshoulder” refers to the fairly common color mutation that happens to some Peafowl. Adult male Blackshoulder Peacocks look very similar to India Blue Peacocks accept their shoulders are completely black. Blackshoulder Peahens are basically white in color with a sporadic black splotches.
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