Alexandra Park Zoo is home to six species of Australian Parrots. Some of the animals, including two of the parrots have arrived at the zoo under different circumstances.
Clancy is the zoo’s resident Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus banksii.
After 17 years, Clancy’s owner was no longer able to care for him and he was surrendered to the zoo.
Clancy is now cared for at the zoo where he will live out the rest of his days. Red-tailed Black Cockatoos can live for up to 50 years in captivity!
Our aviaries also include King Parrots, Alisterus scapularis which are the only Australian parrots where the males have a completely red head. These beautiful birds were first described by the German naturalist Martin Lichtenstein in 1818.
Red-winged Parrots, Aprosmictus erythropterus are named for their bright red shoulder patches. During courtship the male circles the female, lowers his wings to expose the blue patch on his lower back and holds his wings close to his body. As well as feeding on seeds, nectar, pollen and blossoms these parrots also eat insects and larvae.
Princess Parrots, Polytelis alexandrae were named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark. You can determine the male and female bird by looking at their eye colour. Males have orange irises while females have brown irises.
Eclectus Parrots, Eclectus roratus hold the record for having the highest contrast in colour between the male and females, to the point that they were thought to be different species up until the late 19th century. They are also found in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, can live up to 45 years and are very good ‘talkers’.
To attract parrots to your own garden plant native species that produce seed or nectar and provide water at a height that keeps them safe from cats.
Did you know?
Parrots have four toes on each foot like most birds, but, instead of three toes in front and a single toe behind, parrots are zygodactyl, meaning they have two toes in front and two toes behind.