Flamingos and Other Birds at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
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Flamingos & Other Birds

Learn about the various flocks of birds that call the park home.

Find flamingos, ostrich, emus and much more at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay! 

Flamingos at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Flamingos

View our flocks of over 250 colorful flamingos in the Bird Gardens and Egypt or look for them during the daily Flamingo Parade. Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is home to Caribbean and Chilean flamingos. Did you know that the flamingo lagoon in Bird Gardens is home to more than 250 flamingos?


You can also get up-close and feed flamingos at Animal Connections in Nairobi. 

Lory Landing at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Lorikeets

Lorikeets are a small to medium sized member of the parrot family. In the wild they are quite widespread from Australia and surrounding islands to some remote islands in the South Pacific. Lorikeets are noisy, brightly colored birds which can frequently be found in large flocks.


Stop by Lory Landing to visit our interactive aviary, learn about lorikeets and even get the chance to feed them!

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Ostriches at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Ostrich

The world's largest bird roams the African savanna and desert lands but does not have the ability to fly. Instead, ostriches are strong runners that can sprint up to 43 miles an hour and run over distance at 31 miles an hour. Their legs are so strong that an ostrich kick can kill a potential predator, like a lion. Ostriches live in small herds and eat a variety of plants, roots, and seeds. Fun fact: contrary to popular belief, ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand! Instead, they will lie low and press their necks to the ground in an attempt to become less visible to predators.


See roaming ostriches on the Serengeti Plain, visible from the Edge of Africa, a Serengeti Safari and the Serengeti Express Train. 

Bald Eagle at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Bald Eagle

With a snowy-feathered head and white tail, the proud national bird symbol of the United States is no longer considered an endangered species! The bald eagle population has been increasing over the last few years, but they remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada. They live near water and, as powerful birds of prey, use their talons to fish. Bald eagles will also scavenge for food or steal the kills of other animals.


Come face-to-face with a Bald Eagle in Nairobi.

See Toucans at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Toucan

The iconic toucan can be found in Central and South America throughout the Rain Forest canopies. They eat a variety of fruit, insects, other birds' eggs, tree frogs, lizards, and fish. They can grow to be anywhere from 12 to 24 inches tall, depending on the species, but no matter the size all toucans are vital for rain forest health and diversity. Toucans pass seeds from the fruit they eat through their digestive systems, which helps replant the plants. Although they are not considered an endangered species, Toucans are considered very popular pets, and many are captured to supply a demand for this trade.


Get up-close to a toucan at Animal Connections in Nairobi.

See the Kookabura at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Kookaburra

Also known as the laughing kookaburra, these birds are the largest member of the kingfisher family and were once called the giant kingfishers. They can be found in forests, woodlands, and parks and gardens in cities throughout Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. A kookaburra's diet consists of snakes, frogs, and rodents. Their deafening, and notorious, call starts with a trilling sound and then becomes a shrieking "laugh" before ending with a soft chuckle.


Visit Kookaburra’s Nest in Bird Gardens and be immersed in an aviary full of a variety of Australian and Asian bird species.

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