Birds, birds and more birds at the National Aviary

Last week, my husband and I visited his brother and family in Pittsburgh. We headed into the city and went to the National Aviary at 700 Arch Street (Aviary). I mean who doesn’t love birds?

Here is Jim & I with a Green-Naped Pheasant Pigeon in the Rainforest

Here is Jim & I with a Green-Naped Pheasant Pigeon named Gus in the Rain-forest

Krissy & Britta as bats

Krissy & Brita as bats

The aviary has over 150 species of birds from all over the world most in large walk-through exhibits where the birds fly right over your head.

Also in the Rain-forest:

Macaw

Green-Winged Macaw

Victoria Crowned Pigeon (didn't capture his crown since he kept moving)

Victoria Crowned Pigeon (didn’t capture his crown since he kept moving)

Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

In the Wetlands exhibit:

Wattled Curassow on a shelf watching everyone

Wattled Curassow on a shelf watching everyone

American Flamingos

American Flamingos

Pelicans

Pelicans

In the Grasslands exhibit:

I can't find the name of this bird but it was my favorite in the Grasslands exhibit. Maybe someone else knows...

I can’t find the name of this bird but it was my favorite in the Grasslands exhibit. Maybe someone else knows…

I love Penguins and there were plenty to see. Here they are getting fed.

Getting fed - compressed

Penguins up close

Penquins up close 2

 

They even had two tunnels the kids could crawl through to see up close to the penguins.

In outside exhibits we saw a Bald Eagle

Bald eagle

and an Andean Condor

Andean Condor

Andean Condor

These condors had small ponds with water spouts that the people could control outside the cage by turning a wheel. It was a warm, sunny day so this condor would bite the water and do a little dance each time the water-spout turned on. Very amusing to watch!

Inside, between the large walk-through exhibits were smaller, glassed-in viewing stations. These included:

The cutest little baby Burrowing Owl

The cutest little baby Burrowing Owl

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And throughout the day, there were interactive events from the staff. This girl told us about this Lanner Falcon.

Lanner Falcon

Lanner Falcon

The Aviary also has several live bird shows throughout the day but we didn’t have time to see them. Hopefully next time.

If you’re in the Pittsburgh, PA area be sure to check out the National Aviary. It’s well worth the time and the price!

Of all the birds we saw, my favorites were the eagles, the baby burrowing owl and of course the penguins. Which would be your favorites? And have you ever been to the Pittsburgh aviary or another aviary?

 

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10 thoughts on “Birds, birds and more birds at the National Aviary

  1. The colourful bird is my favourite. Don’t know what it is though. 🙂

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  2. Ann Filutze says:

    Thanks for sharing your trip! The children are beautiful! I didn’t know about the aviary there. The kookaburra is one I never saw but I remember the song about it. Won’t be travelling soon but maybe by October/November (when I can walk again). Ann M. Filutze Click the link to view information regarding my book On Gramma’s Rocker. https://www.facebook.com/ongrammasrocker

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  4. My favourite was the bird who’s name you didn’t know, he’s very splendid!

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