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Bird Exhibits

Bird House

White-faced Whistling-Duck

The widest variety of birds at the zoo live indoors at the Bird House where a series of smaller exhibits encircle a large indoor jungle complete with free-flying tropical birds.


Dates and times subject to change. Check for the latest schedule.

  • Bird House Resource Center

    Check out feathers, bones, and more in our fascinating Bird House Resource Center.

  • Flight Exhibit Enrichment

    Time: Tue, Thu, Sat, and Sun at 11 a.m.

    Place: Bird House Indoor Flight Exhibit

  • Black-crowned Night Heron Feeding

    Time: Daily from May 15 to August 1 at 2 p.m.

    Place: Outside the Bird House

Around the Bird House


Many fascinating and large bird species like the kori bustard, crane, cassowary, and flamingo live outdoors in habitats wrapping around the Bird House building.

The wetlands, which connects the Bird House with Asia Trail, contains a boardwalk traversing a series of ponds and wildlife-friendly plantings. Although no captive birds inhabit this area, it is a nice place to birdwatch. Colorful mallards and wood ducks often swim on the ponds and black-crowned night herons can often be seen stalking the shallows; they nest in the trees adjacent to the flamingo pool.

Outdoor Flight Cage

Indian Peafowl

The large flight cage allows birds to freely fly. A trail beginning by the Bird House overlooks a pond surrounded by rocks and then winds uphill through shrubs and small trees.

The cormorant, peacock, and wood duck are here year-round but some of the other birds move indoors from November 1 to April 30.

Other Exhibits

White-naped Crane

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, located in Front Royal, Virginia, started primarily as a breeding center for endangered birds and mammals. Today, several species of birds, such as white-naped cranes and Micronesian kingfishers, are being bred to maintain genetic diversity and provide reserves for highly endangered species.

Several species of birds live in the Amazonia Exhibit, a large indoor enclosure featuring animals from the world's largest river basin.