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Tropical Oasis

Tropical Birds

All birds in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory are native to the tropics and were raised in captivity. These birds include the Northern Red Bishop, Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu Finch, Chinese Painted Quail and Canary, among others.

Native Tropical Birds

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The Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory is an iconic architectural feature of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Creating a tropical oasis in Michigan requires a full sensory experience.

The tropical bird collection at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is generously supported by John and Marian Bouwer.

The tropical birds within the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory lend beauty, color and a sense of escape into a vastly different biome than our own. Birds are sourced only from ethical breeders and every effort is made to work with local providers, when possible.

Northern Red Bishop

(Euplectes franciscanus)

Additional Common Names: Orange bishop
Range: Africa
Diet: Mainly seeds; some insects

Did You Know? Males build the nest, an oval mass of plant stems. Females add additional material to line the inside.

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(Serinus canaria domestica)

Additional Common Names: Canary, common canary, Atlantic canary, island canary
Range: The Canary, Azores, and Madeira islands
Diet: Mainly seeds

Did You Know? The coloration and sustained vocal ability of domestic Canaries are the result of 400 years of selective breeding.

Chinese Painted Quail

(Coturnix chinensis)

Additional Common Names: blue-breasted quail, king quail, button quail; Asian blue quail
Range: Tropical Asia
Diet: Mainly seeds; some fresh vegetation, small worms and insects

Did You Know? These birds typically nest on the ground in hollows lined with grass. Their newly hatched chicks are as small as bumble bees.

Photos by Nic Sagodic, Meijer Gardensa

Red-Cheeked Cordon Bleu Finch

(Uraeginthus bengalus)

Additional Common Names: Red-cheeked cordonbleu, Red-cheeked cordon-bleu
Wild-Type Range: Africa
Diet: Mainly seeds, some insects

Did You Know? Only male Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu Finches have the distinctive red patch on each cheek.

Photo by Nic Sagodic, Meijer Gardens

Parrot Finch

(Erythrura spp.)

Additional Common Names: parrotfinch, parrot-finch
Range: Africa
Diet: Mainly seeds; some insects, fruits and vegetation

Did You Know? Many types of Parrot Finches are common in aviculture, but some species—such as the Pink-Billed Parrot Finch—are vulnerable to extinction due to habitat loss and degradation.

Star Finch

(Neochmia ruficauda)

Additional Common Names: red-faced finches 
Range: Australia
Diet: dry seeds and grasses, flies, flying termites, moths, and flying ants 

Did You Know? As these birds get older, their coloration becomes brighter and more distinctively marked.

Zebra Finch

(Taeniopygia castanotis)

Additional Common Names: Australian zebra finch 
Range: Australia and Indonesia 
Diet: Primarily seeds 

Did You Know? Zebra finches are monogamous and pair bond for life. 

European Goldfinch

(Carduelis carduelis) 

Additional Common Names: Goldfinch 
Range: Europe, North Africa, Western & Central Asia 
Diet: Primarily seeds 

Did You Know? The fine beak structure of European goldfinches allows them to eat otherwise inaccessible seeds from thistles and teasels. 

Lady Gouldian Finch

(Eryhrura gouldiae)

Additional Common Names: Gouldian finch 
Range: Australia 
Diet: Seeds 

Did You Know? These birds’ colors come from different sources. Gouldian finches acquire red and yellow from their diet, whereas their blue is a structural color expressed when light is reflected through nanostructures in their feathers. Green and purple are achieved through a combination of blue structural colors and carotenoid pigments. Black results from melanin pigment produced by the skin cells as the feathers are growing. 


Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm


Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE


Path closure

Due to a landscape project in the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, the tram path behind the Japanese garden will be closed to foot traffic this week.

Please follow posted signs. Thank you for your understanding.

Spring Break Hours

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended spring break hours until 9 pm on April 1-5.

Extended Member Early Hours

Each Sunday from 9-11 am during Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming and Saturday, April 6, from 8-9 am. 


Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE