Tropical birds make it feel like summer at Queens Zoo

A thick-billed parrot takes flight within an enclosed area at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo. Visitors can catch of glimpse of these parrots year round. Photo by Christina Santucci
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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 the 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.

The Queens Zoo is open every day. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3 to 12 and free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends from April to October and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily from November to April. The Queens Zoo is at 53-51 111th St. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

For more information, call 718-271-1500 or visit

Updated 11:48 pm, November 21, 2011
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Fred Turbee from Saint Albans says:
The Queens Zoo is the biggest secret in Queens. We need to have more published adds concerning this well organized, and duplication of the habitats of the animals in the Americas. Our schools need to take part in joining to help the Queens Zoo spread the enjoyment of our animals here in America. Thank you TIMES LEDGER for this article.
Dec. 13, 2011, 10:31 am

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