The Tropics exhibit and Walk Through Aviary
The Tropics is our new open air development which is home to tropical birds in spacious flights.
Designed to get as much sunshine as possible, the aviaries are surrounded with exotic gardens featuring plants which thrive in Cornwall’s mild climate.
There are many beautiful parrot species to see here including Golden Conures, Palm Cockatoos, Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Blue and Gold, Blue-throated and Hyacinth Macaws, Crimson-bellied Conures and a big flock of chattering Budgerigars (please note the species will vary over time).
At the heart of the new exhibit is the Tropics Walk Through Aviary
A great space to sit and spend some time with the birds, great for photos. Here are some of the bird species you are likely to see:
Budgerigar See video above as our 50 Budgerigars fly as a flock in the early morning sun.
Who doesn’t love budgies? They are much-loved members of the parrot family.
Bartlett’s Bleeding-heart Dove – These doves spend most of the day on the ground, but will roost up high at night. They are well named for the red ‘bleeding’ plumage on their chests.
Hooded Parrot – The male of this species is particularly beautiful, having a turquoise blue face and underparts. The female is much more low key with her camouflaging greyish-green plumage.
Nicobar Pigeon – The Nicobar Pigeon is an island specialist. It comes from the Nicobar Islands (a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean) all the way east to the Solomon Islands.
Palawan Peacock-Pheasant – The male of this lovely pheasant has distinctive ‘eyes’ on his tail feathers, much as peacocks do.
Spero Starling – Also known as the ‘Superb Starling’, the feathers of this species appear metalic green and blue in bright sunlight. Both adults share nest building, egg incubation and rearing of chicks.
Edward’s Pheasant – Severly threatened by forest destruction in the Vietnam war and ongoing hunting, this pheasant is now Critically Endangered.
(Please note that species do move from time to time and we aim to keep our website as up to date as possible, but you may find the day you visit some species may have changed)
This Tropics area will continue to be developed over the next year.