Within Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is the well established ‘National Parrot Sanctuary’ housing over 2000 re-homed Parrots & Parakeets, covering over 100 different species. We have a third of the UK’s Parrots here, and continue to re-home those that need our help. These amazing creatures come in all sizes, colours and with some colourful language to accompany them! As you walk around the park, you will discover some amazing facts and information about Parrots and hopefully understand a little better the reason why our Charity is so important. Listen to the wonderful sounds of the Rainforest, spanning from Australia to Africa to the America’s and discover why we are the only park that talks back! If you are interested in donating to The National Parrot Sanctuary and helping this amazing, worthy Charity for the help and protection of Parrots all over the world; please visit our ‘Charity‘ page.
Kookaburra’s are part of the Kingfisher family and are beautiful and unique birds, native to Australia. Despite their relation to the Kingfisher, they do not actually eat fish! They use their large beaks to catch snakes, small birds, lizards and insects. They have a very unique call which sounds a lot like laughter, primarily used to mark their territory. The laughter can be heard mostly at dawn & dusk, and is known by many Australians as ‘The bushman’s alarm clock’. So on your visit, why not stand by their enclosure and cackle at them to see if they will cackle back… we can assure you they’ll be louder!
Two beautiful Greater Rhea’s arrived at the park in September 2016, looking for a new life-long home from Drayton Manor Park. They are very interesting birds with very similar features to our Emu, Ozzy. They are flightless birds and the largest in their native country of South America. They like to inhabit large open grasslands & savannas in the wild and will live happily amongst other species such as our Tapir & Capybara; which are their new neighbours. These two males have typically grey to brown plumage and stand approximately 5ft tall from head to foot; but some males can grow up to 6ft tall! They are a silent bird and will often be seen roaming their territory using their long wing feathers to balance when running and when making tight turnings.
Ozzy is our celebrity resident at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, appearing in many Nature television programmes as well as children’s television… he came to us looking for a retirement home! He’s rather crazy-looking and eccentric but overall quite friendly. With his large enclosure for roaming and living next door to the Walkthrough Aviary, he has plenty of companionship next to those noisy neighbours. The Emu is the largest bird in Australia and its bone structure is very similar to some species of Dinosaur! Although Ozzy is a flightless bird, he has extremely powerful legs and feet which are used for fighting… a meaningful kick from an Emu can be fatal.
True to his name, our Crane is named Stanley and also true to his name he is very elegant and beautiful. Cranes are also known as Paradise Cranes or Blue Cranes and are the National Bird of South Africa, featuring on their 5 cent coin. They are mostly found in dry grasslands but are also spotted near farming pastures. Although Cranes are known to be sociable creatures and often mate for life, they can become very territorial; especially during mating season. Stanley Cranes are different from other species of Crane because they use their bill to pluck foods from the surface of soil rather than using it to find the food hidden in the soil.
At Lincolnshire Wildlife Park we have a pair of Spotted Eagle Owls, also known as African Eagle Owls. They are the smallest of the Eagle Owls and are quite widespread across Southern Africa. They are easily recognised in the wild by their prominent ear tufts and big yellow eyes. Their main foods are insects, small mammals and birds, reptiles and frogs; they tend to stay and hunt one area until the food source diminishes and then move on. A pair of Spotted Eagle Owls can become very aggressive over their hunting territory. They have a very similar call to many other species of Owl, with the male typically sounding two hoots, followed by the female sounding three hoots in return. Young nestling’s do not hoot until reaching adolescence, but will snap their beaks aggressively when they feel threatened.
When visiting Lincolnshire Wildlife Park you will probably have a short panic when you see Parakeets flying around the grounds, landing on telephone wires and sitting on top of aviaries! Don’t worry… we know! We have approximately 30 Parakeets that fly freely around our park, they have nesting boxes around the Nature Reserve, The Rainforest Diner & at locations around the rest of the park. They have become so accustomed to their freedom that catching them to put them back in a captive environment would be very stressful for them and us. You will also see many species of Parakeet in our Walk-Through Aviary, where you can go in amongst the birds; feed them your millet bought from reception and let them use you as a perch for that great photo opportunity. Apparently it’s lucky to get pooed on so we take no responsibility for that… enjoy!