Together We Protect

Birds have a body covered with feathers, are warm-blooded, lay eggs (oviparous) and have pectoral muscles developed for flight. Many species have hollow bones, making them lighter and more agile, which facilitates flight.

Feathers are essential for maintaining body temperature, are waterproof, helpful for camouflage, essential for flight and, in some species, used in mating rituals.

Tropical birds are easily recognized by the exuberant colouration that most species exhibit. Most species are found in tropical forests, however many can be found in savannas or dry forests. The bright colouration of the feathers allows them to blend in with the flowers and fruits, keeping them hidden from potential predators.

Within this diverse group, we can find macaws, parrots and cockatoos. Let’s find out a little more about these species?

Tropical birds are perfectly adapted to their natural habitat. They get everything they need for survival from the trees: food, protection and a place to build their nests. 

They have four toes, two facing forward and two facing backward, which allows them to cling securely to tree branches, climb easily and even grab objects, such as food, and bring them to their mouths.

Most of these birds have a very strong beak that breaks the hard shell of seeds and nuts they feed on.

When they mate, many species form a breeding pair for life. They are very sociable birds, sometimes forming large flocks, but they can also be found in small groups, or even in pairs.

One of the main threats to tropical bird species is the destruction of habitats due to deforestation. Some characteristics of these birds, such as colouring and vocalizations, also lead to a great interest in having them as pets. This demand makes the illegal trade in species also a threat to the biodiversity of this group of birds.

How can you help?

We can help tropical bird species by supporting conservation projects such as the World Parrot Trust which works to conserve endangered species and their habitats.