Anywhere you look at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, you’re bound to see one of our feathered friends – in the wild, perched on a fence or in an enclosure. The zoo sanctuary is home to numerous chickens, peacocks, parrots, owls, raptors and a wild turkey.
Parrots are a broad order of more than 350 species of birds. They have a voice box called a syrinx, so they can mimic sounds. All parrots have curved beaks and all are zygodactyls, meaning they have four toes on each foot, two pointing forward and two projecting backward.
If you are considering a parrot be aware that parrots are extremely long lived and if not taken care of properly in human care, can be loud, destructive and aggressive towards members of their human family.
Colorful macaws are the largest member of the parrot family. Macaws live in large flocks in South American forests, are long lived and intelligent. Macaws use their large, strong, curved beaks to crush nuts and seeds. Their loud, screeching and squawking voices help make their presence known in dense rain forests.
Several bird species are considered raptors. Eagles, hawks, kites, falcons, and owls are all considered raptors. Vultures are often considered raptors as well, though they eat carrion and are more closely related to storks.
Birds of prey, also known as raptors, are characterized by a hooked beak, strong feet with sharp talons, keen eyesight and are meat eaters. Sitting on their high perches at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary they have a watchful eye on the visitors passing by. Their keen vision allows them to detect prey during flight and powerful talons and beaks are used to capture their prey.