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Tropical Birds in Tennessee

Back home from a vacation in Tennessee! My family has visited the area many times. We enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

This was the first time we visited Parrot Mountain and Gardens. What a wonderful place. Hundreds and hundreds of tropical birds. I was so enchanted by the birds, I didn’t fully take in the tropical vegetation and the cottages.
 Domestic parrots and cockatoos often outlive their owners. Parrot Mountain takes birds in need of a home or in need of rehabilitation. There is a huge variety of birds in the bird garden where birds sit on open perches. Visitors are allowed to feed them and have them perch on  shoulders and arms.

Because many of these birds come from loving homes, they’ve been taught to say words. What fun to hear ‘I love you’ or ‘whatcha doin’ and turn to find a cockatoo peering at you hoping for a treat.

The lorikeet aviary was delightful. Step into the avery with nectar in hand and the lories descend. Birds being birds, we wore long sleeves and took hats to wear. I forgot to put my hat on. Thankfully, my hair didn’t get any ‘special treatments’.
The staff members were helpful in every way. They were readily available to answer questions, take photos or rescue unsuspecting visitors from sassy glasses snatchers and ear nibblers. The visit to Parrot Mountain and Gardens was the highlight of our trip.

Have you visited Parrot Mountain or any other tropical bird attraction?

About anitakgreene

I write romantic adventure for the inspirational market. I enjoy needlework, papercrafting and gardening. I'm at home in the Ocean State with my husband, son and a spoiled Belgian Malinois.

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  1. I live in TN and wasn’t aware the place existed, though it’s been a while since I’ve been to the mountains – maybe I need to take a trip 🙂

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    • Shelia, We’ve visited the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area many times and have never been to see the parrots. I think the difference was that we attended the hour long ‘what to do in the area’ presentation put on by the resort. The gentleman from Parrot Mountain came in with two large parrots and then pulled a tiny parrot out of his pocket! We’ve been to all the other ‘big’ attractions so this was something new and different. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

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  2. Lol- Anita- I just have to walk into my bird room- our biggest is an Solomon Island Eclectus-our smallest are Gouldian Finches-many in between. You are very lucky that lori didn’t leave a mess-they are the messiest of birds. Glad you had a nice trip. This place reminds me of a place that Disney used to own called Treasure Island/Discovery Island. It is no longer used since Disney made Animal Kingdom.

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    • Kim! Really?! I had to google Solomon Island Eclectus and I have a photo of me feeding one – he was on my arm. At least I think that’s what it was. We had perpetual parakeets for many years. One would pass, so we’d get another to keep the living parakeet company. Then he’d pass and we’d get another. Two of ours were actually escapees from some place near where I used to work. We put ads in the paper and no one came forward. I can’t imagine having an entire room devoted to birds!

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  3. Pingback: Fun & Interesting In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Parrot Mountain | Cotton Ridge Homeschool

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