Birds around the Zoo were squawking to the tune of ‘Happy Birthday' this week, to mark our cheeky macaw's special milestone. Queto, the Blue-and-gold Macaw, celebrated his sixth birthday on Saturday with all his favourite feathered friends.
There was no chocolate cake or fairy bread, but our bird keepers spoiled the birthday boy with his favourite fruits, nuts and scrumptious berries!
Queto is one of Australia Zoo's star macaws. He is magnificent to look at, brilliant at flying in the Crocoseum, and even better at meeting guests and posing for cameras. But Queto hasn't always been so well behaved.
Like most boys (and men), it took a beautiful macaw girl called Skylah, to tame the mischievous Queto. Before he met the love of his life, Queto would team up with Peppe in the Crocoseum show to embark on adventures around the Zoo and beyond.
Skylah has transformed Queto into a very responsible and wise macaw. But she can't let him out of her sight. The second Queto is ‘out with the boys', he's ready to run a muck!
Despite their best efforts, the other macaws have no chance at behaving if Queto is flying with them. A very intelligent boy, Queto will try every trick in the book to encourage the others to join him on another adventure. If squawking loudly doesn't work, Queto will use his ‘fly kick' manoeuvre to knock them right off their perches and lead them astray!
He may act like he is six going on sixteen, but Queto is still a very young macaw. With a lifespan of up to 70 years, our cheeky boy has many adventurous years ahead of him.