October 4, 2013 4 Comments
Parrots are among the top ten intelligent animals. People are drawn to them because they are so beautiful and can mimic human speech. One of our favorite memories is the time we had “breakfast with the birds” in the rainforest of eastern Australia. Rainbow lorikeets landed on our picnic table and helped themselves to apples as we ate! In Sydney, we saw flocks of cockatoos flying around the Botanical Gardens. The Taronga Zoo in Sydney gifted the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago a Major Mitchell’s cockatoo named Cookie in 1934. In June 2015 Cookie celebrated his 82nd birthday (hatched on June 30, 1933 in Australia). Cookie is one of the longest-living birds on record, and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living parrot in the world! If you like birds in the parrot family, the best places in the world to see them are Australia and Brazil.