Robbie the Eclectus Parrot
Robbie, the Eclectus Parrot, was born April 8, 1992. He is one of the animal ambassadors of the Zoo and can be seen showing off in one of the two stage shows at the amphitheater. Although he talks a lot when no one is looking, he only does two on-command vocalizations: “Hi” & kissing sounds.
One of his favorite activities during the day includes the “pick a hand game.” Robbie looks for his seed reward by choosing the keepers hand with his kissing sound. He also loves to be sprayed with a hose and will chase the hose around while fluffing out his wings.
Robbie is a curious bird and will look into every kennel, always nosey to find out who is inside, maybe wondering where they are off too. His favorite foods are celery and peanuts and the Zookeepers sing Robbie a lullaby every evening as part of the end of the day routine.
The Eclectus Parrot wild habitat ranges from Eastern Indonesia, Palau Islands, Australia, New Guinea and its offshore islands in rain forests, lowland forests, tree clumps in the savanna and woodlands. They can live up to 40 years and their diet consists of fruits, vegetables, biscuits, seeds and nuts.