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Madagascan Walk-through

The grey-headed lovebird or Madagascar lovebird (Agapornis canus) is a small species of parrot which is mainly green. The species is sexually dimorphic and only the adult male has grey on its upper body. They are native on the island of Madagascar and are the only lovebird species which are not native on the African continent. They are the smallest of the lovebird species. These lovebirds are rarely seen in captivity and are difficult to breed.

At Newquay Zoo we house five males and two females and are currently breeding them annually.

Classified as:  Least Concern

The greater vasa parrot (Coracopsis vasa) is one of two species of vasa parrot, the other being the lesser vasa parrot. The greater vasa parrot can be found throughout Madagascar and the Comoros. Females are 25% larger than males and are physically dominant. During brooding and chick-rearing, females shed their head feathers and develop bright orange skin colouration and also sing complex songs from perches close to the nest. These serve to attract males to approach and regurgitate food, which the female accepts while off the nest. The females also defend their territory around their nest from other females during this period.

At Newquay Zoo we house four males and one female and we currently have three chicks in the nest.

Classified as: Least Concern   

Birds of Brazil Aviary The scarlet macaw (Ara macao) is a large, red, yellow and blue South American parrot, a member of a large group of Neotropical parrots called macaws. They are native to humid evergreen forests of tropical South America. They have suffered from local extinction through habitat destruction and capture for the parrot trade but locally they remain fairly common. Scarlet macaws eat mostly fruits, nuts and seeds, including large, hard seeds. Scarlet macaws mate for life. The hen lays two or three white eggs in a tree cavity. The female incubates the eggs for about five weeks, and the chicks fledge from the nest about 90 days after hatching and leave their parents about a year later. Juveniles reach sexual maturity at five years of age.

At Newquay Zoo we have three scarlet macaws; Rogan and JoJo who are a new pair which we are hoping to breed in the future and Chico who was from Paradise Park who we are hoping to get a female for shortly.

Classified as: Least Concern  

The spectacled parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus) are found in Colombia, Panama and Venezuela. Their natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry or moist lowland forests. In the wild, parrotlets travel in flocks, which can range in size from four to over 100 birds. Most species travel in flocks of about 5–40. They form lifelong and tight pair bonds with their chosen mates. At Newquay Zoo we house five males on show and two pairs off show for breeding.

Classified as: Least Concern   

The Tropical House The blue-crowned hanging parrot (Loriculus galgulus) is a small, mainly green parrot found in forested lowlands in southern Burma and Thailand, Malaya, Singapore, Sumatra, far western Java and Borneo. Adult females are duller than males and lack the yellow lower back, usually lack the red throat, and the blue crown is much less noticeable. Blue-crowned hanging parrots nest in tree cavities and are the only parrots to rest and sleep upside down which is why they are sometimes called ‘bat parrots’.

At Newquay Zoo we house three breeding pairs in the Tropical House and have so far fledged seven chicks. We also have four Blue-crowned hanging parrots in the village farm.

Classified as: Least Concern   

The Aviary across from the Lions Recently newly discovered species the Lilacine amazon (Amazona lilacina), also known as the Ecuadorian red-lored amazon, is an amazon parrot native to Ecuador in South America. The lilacine Amazon is generally smaller than its related species, with a black beak and more subdued colouring. The lilacine amazon is known for its gentle and timid nature. In the wild it avoids confrontation with intruders, opting to seek cover in nearby foliage until danger has passed. It usually spends time in small- to medium-sized groups, with which it roosts at night; many birds pair off monogamously within the larger group and they are most frequently seen flying in pairs. The diet of the lilacine amazon consists primarily of fruits, nuts, berries and seeds.

At Newquay Zoo we house a new breeding pair of Lilacine Amazon parrots which have recently just had their first two chicks which we are delighted with.  Classified as: Endangered    

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