Cayenne the macaw

Cayenne, a green-winged macaw, flew away from the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium on Sunday morning.


Omaha’s zoo is asking its neighbors to keep an eye out for a green-winged macaw named Cayenne, which took flight during a show.

The bird may have been scared off by a blimp flying over Omaha, the zoo said in a statement Sunday.

The bird flew away about 11 a.m. Sunday while it was participating in a Birds in Flight program at the zoo’s Meadowlark Theater. Cayenne’s trainers think the bird was startled by the Goodyear blimp, which had been flying overhead just north of the zoo.

Officials at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium are asking the public for help in locating the bird, but they also caution against trying to pick up the macaw. Anyone who spots Cayenne should call 402-676-2680, and staff will pick up the bird.

The bird is probably in a tree south of the zoo but could fly as far away as Bellevue, a zoo spokeswoman said.

The Birds of Flight program, in its second year at the zoo, is a way to demonstrate trained behaviors and flight patterns, the spokeswoman said., 402-444-1304