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McNeil Avian Center incorporates lush walk-through habitats where visitors can discover over 100 spectacular birds from around the world, many of them rare and endangered. The exhibit immerses visitors in exotic landscapes full of color and sound, with birds including fantastic rhinoceros hornbills, striking Victoria crowned pigeons and nest-crazy hammerkops. Closer to home, in the multi-sensory 4-D Migration Theater, viewers follow Otis the oriole on his first migration south from where he hatched in Fairmount Park.
Our bird keepers do more than just feed their charges—they work closely with many of the birds to train behaviors that help us take better care of them, like stepping on a scale voluntarily so we can monitor weight. But using the same principles, keepers can cue birds to show off their fascinating natural behaviors. Watch a hammerkop add a stick to its giant nest, or you might be there when a hornbill catches insects or a grape out of the air.
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