Colorful Macaws Extend Summer at the WCS Queens Zoo

Hyacinth Macaw Photo
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Flushing, N.Y. - Oct. X, 2011ATTACHED PHOTO: Two hyacinth macaws add a splash of color to the aviary at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo. Although the famed aviary will remain open all winter, these macaws and the other tropical birds will be taken off exhibit when the weather gets cold. The Queens Zoo invites everyone to visit these colorful birds and their all-season co-inhabitants including egrets, bobwhite quail, and many species of exotic ducks.

The hyacinth macaw is a parrot native to central and eastern South America. It is a threatened species due to habitat loss and the trapping of wild birds for the pet trade. WCS works around the world and in the Hyacinth macaw’s native South American range to save wildlife and wild places.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo – Open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park in Queens. For further information, call 718-271-1500 or visit

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