SKYE, hyacinth macaw
Skye, a captive bred Hyacinth Macaw, came to Hawk Creek from Long Island when her owners had decided to downsize their collection. Hyacinth Macaws are the largest of the parrot species, and are also one of the most endangered (listed on CITES Appendix I) due to habitat destruction, hunting and trapping. She is now an ambassador educating the public about conserving the rainforest as well as conservation of all parrot species in the world.
Hatched: 1/1/1998 Arrived: 10/22/2009
GUACAMOLE, Buffon’s macaw
Guacamole, a captive bred Buffon’s, or Great Green Macaw, came to Hawk Creek when a family moved to Western New York from Florida and realized they could no longer provide the same quality of care for him here as they had previously. This large macaw is now a very enthusiastic and colorful member of our educational team and loves to ask everyone his favorite question, “What are you doin?” Great Green Macaws are listed as endangered due to habitat loss and illegal capture from the wild.
Hatched: Estimated 1993 Arrived: 2/28/2011
HARLEY, blue and gold macaw
An Ohio parrot breeder placed Harley at our center when she had to relocate. Macaws are extremely intelligent, colorful, and long-lived birds that require special care. Harley speaks over 50 words and usually says them at the appropriate time, illustrating that he comprehends their meaning. Harley seems to suffer from an identity crisis. When asked “What will you be when you grow up?” Harley responds with “EAGLE!”
Hatched: 2/28/1989, Arrived: 6/1990
HUEY, mealy Amazon
This Mealy Amazon is an example of why parrots require attention, patience, and understanding from their owners. In his former home, Huey would scream nonstop when he saw children. Parrots communicate to other members of their flocks with loud calls. By screaming, Huey thought he was communicating with his family, but this natural behavior frustrated his owners, who could no longer withstand the noise. It takes a special person to tolerate and understand parrots.
Hatched: 10/1988, Arrived: 10/1990
CAIRO, African grey parrot
Cairo, an African Grey Parrot, was captive bred in New York. This species has become popular in the pet trade, and as a result, their populations have been declining. These birds are excellent mimics, and studies have shown that they also have cognitive skills and are able to match colors, label items, and apply phrases. The African grey is a partial ground feeder, and in the wild hundreds will flock to a tree and begin preening. They then move to the ground as a group to eat and watch for predators.
Hatched: 5/19/1989, Arrived: 7/1/1989
CHIKARA, trumpeter hornbill
Chikara, a captive-bred female Trumpeter Hornbill, came to Hawk Creek from the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis, MO. She was used in bird shows at the Milwaukee Zoo during the summer of 2009 where she demonstrated the agile flight ability of these birds, as well as their talent at catching food in the air! Chikara is an enthusiastic member of our flying team and can be seen demonstrating the unique flights of Trumpeter Hornbills during our shows!
Hatched: 5/1/2007 Arrived: 3/25/2010
ZAZOO, African pied crow
This African Pied Crow was born in captivity at the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis, MO. The species has appeared in several popular television commercials comically portraying their cleverness. Zazoo’s own remarkable intelligence and linguistic capabilities has made him an exciting member of our group of educational ambassadors. In addition, his international origin helps us to promote global conservation.
Hatched: 4/1/2005, Arrived: 7/3/2005