Salmon-Crested Cockatoo

Cockatoos are noisy, flocking parrots that live in Australia, Indonesia, and nearby islands. They are characterized by a large, feathered head crest that they raise in alarm or excitement. Strong, curved bills are used to crack seeds and eat insects and fruits. 


Hyacinth Macaw

Two toes point forward and two toes points backward, allowing the hyacinth macaw to maintain a secure grip on a tree branch. The hyacinth macaw’s strong, hooked beak is designed for cracking open nuts, a favorite of which is the oil palm nut.

Thick-Billed Parrot

The only living parrot that once ranged in the United States, the thick-billed parrot is dependent on highland pine-oak forests for food and nesting.  Its range has been reduced to a few areas in Mexico where it continues to suffer from habitat loss and the pet trade.  Conservationists are working to protect the forests by encouraging sustainable alternatives to logging such as ecotourism.

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

Major Mitchell’s cockatoos are nomadic, following the rain. When the conditions are right and plenty of food is available, they breed. Raising a head crest of feathers to reveal a flash of red and gold, the male arouses the female’s interest. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.


Unlike most parrots, the kea is adapted to a non-tropical mountain climate and will eat nearly anything edible. Famous for its curiosity and playfulness, the kea has been known to cause quite a bit of damage to the sealing around car windows and windshield wipers with its long, sharp beak.

The Zoo cares for the largest collection of kea – a highly intelligent mountain parrot from New Zealand – in North America and is committed to the conservation of…

Golden Conure

The golden conure, or golden parakeet, is a highly gregarious species, occurring in flocks of up to 30 birds. Females sometimes even nest together in the same tree cavity, each contributing two to three eggs to the nest and contributing to the care of the chicks when they hatch.

Blue and Gold Macaw

Macaws are brilliantly-colored, neotropical parrots. They are intelligent, social birds that communicate with each other through loud squawks and screams. Long, flexible toes help the macaw hold onto branches and manipulate objects. The macaw uses its strong beak as both a nutcracker and a ‘third foot’ for climbing.

Blue and gold macaws have been successfully reintroduced to their former range in Trinidad. Learn more about how the Cincinnati Zoo is helping these colorful wonders in the wild.

Bourke’s Parakeet

Though they nest in trees, Bourke’s parakeets are often called “grass parrots” because they spend much of their time on the ground. Escaping the heat of the day, Bourke’s parakeets forage for seeds at dawn and dusk. Usually in pairs or small groups, hundreds of parakeets converge at waterholes during the dry season.