Our Lilacine Amazon parrots can be found in an aviary next to the penguin pool.
These birds are native to the humid, tropical rainforests of Ecuador, in South America.
They eat fruit, seeds and buds. They have a very powerful beak, which allows them to remove tough nut shells very easily.
All parrot species are protected by regulations on commercial trade, and some species of Amazon parrot are now classed as Endangered, meaning trade is prohibited. Parrots have long suffered due to the exotic pet trade because of their brilliantly coloured feathers and their ability to mimic the human voice. They have been known to cough, sneeze, snore and even swear! Native tribes in South America have also traditionally hunted these birds for food.