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Bird House

A New Exhibit Opening in 2023

Millions of beating wings, thousands of miles, extraordinary colors. Bird migration is one of the most spectacular events in the natural world, and in 2023, the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House will transform into a first-of-its-kind attraction that immerses visitors in the annual journeys of western hemisphere birds.

With almost 100 species of birds, the Bird House and the surrounding bird plateau will be the first zoo exhibition of this size that focuses on the cyclical journeys of migratory songbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds integral to North, Central and South American ecosystems. Through themed walk-through aviaries, interactive experiences and dynamic educational programming, the Bird House will inspire and connect visitors to birds in entirely new ways.

To learn more about how you can support this project, please contact Drew Portocarrero at 202-633-0703 or portocarreroa@si.edu.

3 Billion Birds Gone

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Together We Can #BringBirdsBack

Since 1970, the U.S. and Canada have lost almost 3 billion birds.

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Bird Friendly Coffee

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All About Bird Friendly Coffee

Your morning cup o' joe can save migratory birds.

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FAQs About Migratory Birds

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FAQs About Migratory Birds

What exactly are neotropical migratory birds and how far can they fly? Find out the answers in this FAQ.

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Bird Blogs

Bird Blogs

Get the latest updates from researchers working to save migratory birds.

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Featured Bird

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Featured Bird: Black-crowned Night Heron

Get to know this wild Zoo resident.

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Teacher Resources

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Teacher Resources

Everything you need to teach your class about migratory birds.

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Exhibit Preview

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Exhibit Preview

Get a look inside the Smithsonian National Zoo’s newest exhibit.

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Be Bird Friendly

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Learn to Be Bird Friendly

It’s easier than you think to help migratory birds!

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How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

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How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

Attract hummingbirds to your backyard with this recipe.

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