As part of Niabi Zoo’s Australian Outback Aviary, visitors can come face to face with hundreds of parakeets while feeding the high-energy and vocal birds seed sticks for $3.
“Parakeets are colorful, graceful birds that are full of energy and are a joy to watch,” said Lee Jackson, director of Niabi Zoo. “Visitors have the opportunity to feel the energy of these birds firsthand by stepping in the habitat and feeding the parakeets.”
Birds native to Australia do best with moderate temperatures and become uncomfortable in extreme cold. Now that night temperatures in Coal Valley, Ill. have consistently stayed above 40 degrees, the Australian Outback Aviary and parakeet feeding is open for the 2018 season.
Tickets for the parakeet feeding experience are available at Niabi’s front gate and gift shops. Tickets are required for ages one and up. Last parakeet feeding is at 4:30 p.m. each day.
In addition to the Parakeets, two types of lorikeets – the Rainbow and Coconut – are enjoying the outdoor setting at Niabi. The Rainbow Lorikeet is found in the rainforest of tropical Eastern Australia and is known for sometimes flying into people’s gardens and taking food by hand. The Coconut Lorikeet looks very similar to the rainbow lorikeet except its chest, which is usually dark blue in color. It is found in Eastern Indonesia, New Guinea and nearby islands, and also lives in the rainforest. Both lorikeet species feed on nectar, pollen and fruits.
Annual Zoo membership costs range from $45 to $110 based on family size and various additional perks.