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Blue-Bellied RollerCoracias cyanogaster

Blue-Bellied Rollers are a social species, living in groups of three to seven birds, but sometimes up to 20. They forage for food, nest and defend their territory as a group.

Blue-Bellied Rollers have a unique courtship ritual which is how they got their name. They roll back and forth in the sky, tumbling to the ground, while calling distinctly and noisily to attract their mates.

Animal Class
Bird
Diet
Carnivore
Status in Wild
Stable

Scarlet MacawAra macao

All Parrots have strong beaks that, but Scarlet Macaws can open their beaks extra wide to deliver a more powerful bite. This extra-strength crunching action lets them break open the hardest nuts and eat unripe fruit.

Scarlet Macaws typically use their left foot for handling food and grasping other things while the right foot holds onto a branch.

Animal Class
Bird
Diet
Herbivore
Status in Wild
Stable

Red-Crested CardinalParoaria coronate

Despite their name, Red-Crested Cardinals are not closely related to the true Cardinal family. They are actually a type of Tanager.

Red-Crested Cardinals are well-known for their beautiful bird song. Their voice is described as “sweet, melodious and slow” and pairs of Red-Crested Cardinals may sing together for several days in the South American spring before they begin nest building.

Animal Class
Bird
Diet
Omnivore
Status in Wild
Stable

Eclectus ParrotEclectus roratus

The name Eclectus Parrot derives from the word “eclectic” because of the wide variation between males and females. In most Parrot species, the males and females are nearly identical but in Eclectus Parrots, the males are green and the females are varying shades of bright red, blue and purple.

The Eclectus Parrot is highly intelligent and is ranked in the top three of Parrot species for its talking abilities.

Animal Class
Bird
Diet
Herbivore
Status in Wild
Stable

Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus haematodus

Rainbow Lorikeets are among the most colorful of all Parrots. As one of the most common native Australian birds, they have developed several geographical color differences. For example, Lorikeets found in tropical Indonesian islands have deeper color hues to match the shady rainforest they live in, while Lorikeets found in the open coastal lands in Australia have lighter, brighter coloration.

Animal Class
Bird
Diet
Omnivore
Status in Wild
Stable

Madagascar Hissing CockroachGromphadorhina portentosa

Sound It Out

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches hiss by forcing air out of a pair of spiracles, or breathing holes, located along the abdomen. Their hiss can be heard 12 feet away. Adult males hiss when fighting or when trying to attract a female. Cockroches also hiss when threatened, as a way to ward off predators.

Animal Class
Insect
Diet
Herbivore
Status in Wild
Vulnerable

Birds, Bugs & Amphibians

Don’t miss our collection of slippery, slimy, and simply beautiful birds, bugs and amphibians! A collection of exotic and domestic birds, including an Eclectus Parrot and a Blue Bellied Roller, can be found throughout the Zoo’s 45-acre campus. A visit to the KELOLAND Education Center will give you the opportunity to view a number of unique creatures, including a Blue Death-Feigning Beetle and the endangered Henkel’s Leaf-tailed Gecko.  

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