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National Aviary

Address Allegheny Commons West Pittsburgh, PA
Telephone 15212 (412) 323-7235
How to Find it: Located in West Park, one of the oldest parks in the City of Pittsburgh. From the east via I-376 Take I-376 to Pittsburgh. Follow the signs for Three Rivers Stadium and I-279 North. Cross the Fort Duquesne bridge and take the Three Rivers Stadium exit to the left. At the stoplight, turn right onto Allegheny Avenue. At the second stoplight, turn right onto Western Avenue. At the third stoplight, turn left onto Arch Street.The Aviary is on your left. Parking is FREE From the south via Rt. 51 Take Rt. 51 to the West End. Cross the West End bridge (Rt. 19). Remain in the right lane, and follow the signs for Western Avenue. Proceed through four traffic lights. At the fifth light, turn left onto Arch Street. The Aviary is on your left. From the north via I-279 Take I-279 towards Pittsburgh. Take the East Street exit and turn right onto North Avenue. At the fifth light, turn left onto Arch Street. The Aviary is on your right. From the airport via I-279 Take I-279 towards Pi ttsburgh. Follow the signs for Three Rivers Stadium and go through the Fort Pitt tunnels. Once you are on the FortPitt bridge, move immediately into the left lane. Take the I-279/Three Rivers Stadium exit onto the Fort Duquesne bridge. Take the T Three Rivers Stadium exit to the left. At the stoplight, turn right onto Allegheny Avenue. At the second stoplight, turn right onto Western Avenue. At the third stoplight, turn left onto Arch Street. The Aviary is on your left. From Butler/Etna/Sharpsburg via Rt. 28 Take Rt. 28 south towards Pittsburgh. Take the East Ohio Street exit. Take East Ohio through four lights. Turn right onto Cedar. At the next light, turn left onto North Street. At the third light, turn left onto Arch Street. The Aviaryis on your right. From Sewickley via Rt. 65 Take Rt. 65 south towards Pittsburgh . Take the Three Rivers Stadium exit. At the second light, turn left onto Allegheny Avenue. At the next light turn right onto Western Avenue. At the third light, turn left onto Arch Street. The Aviary is on your left.
Open: All year (except Christmas) from 9am – 5pm
Prices: Adults: $5 Seniors:$4 Children:$3.50 Members: Free
No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
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This critique last updated:  Feb 2008

Official Description

The National Aviary is America's only independent indoor nonprofit bird zoo. Located in historic North Side's West Park, the Aviary is home to 500 birds of more than 200 species. Many are threatened or endangered in the wild. Our natural and free-flight exhibits allow visitors an up-close view of the birdworld. From hummingbirds to Andean Condors, the birds represent nearly every continent, with a particular emphasis on rainforest and wetland habitats. The mission of the National Aviary is to work to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.

As an environmental organization composed of educators, conservationists, nd researchers, our goals are many. We aim to: provide high quality education programming for varied audiences; provide the highest quality family recreational experience that a zoological institution can offer; save endangered species by preserving natural habitats, continue endangered bird breeding programs and conduct meaningful avian research; engender in others a sincere appreciation of nature and a respect for natural law; and instill within the individuals we touch a wildlife conservation ethic that teaches our immense responsibility as stewards of the planet.

Visitor Reviews

Review by Katherine Keith August 2005

I have been going to the Aviary for years. It is a charming place to spend an hour (or so) set in a lovely park. Plenty of on-site parking and a nice gift shop. This summer there are outdoor bird shows that are quit entertaining. Its a great outing with small children as it's not too big.
I especially love it in winter because it has two huge rooms full of birds and foliage (as well as other exhibits) offering a great escape from bad weather. My favorite are the Roseate Spoonbills!

Species List

Birdlist Updated November 1999
Bali Mynah
Pink Pigeon
Piping Plover
Burnished-buff Tanager
Chilean Tinamou
Costa's Hummingbird
Golden-headed Manakin
Golden-hooded Tanage
Golden-sided Euphonia
Painted Bunting
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Swainson's Toucan
Argentine Red Shoveler
Bahama Pintail
Black-headed Woodpecker
Blue-grey Tanager
Boat-billed Heron
Crestd Quail Dove
Cuban Tree Duck
Giant Cowbird
Greater Flamingo
Green Honeycreeper
Green-backed Heron
Montezuma Oropendola
Green Winged Macaw
Hooded Merganser
Inca Tern
Palawan Peacock Pheasant
Palm Tanager
Red Bellied Macaw
Red Rump Cacique
Roseate Spoonbill
Ruddy Duck
Scaly-naped Pigeon
Scarlet Ibis
Scarlet-rumped Tanager
Snowy Egret
Wattled Curassow
White-bellied Caique
White-tailed TrogonWood Duck
Yellow-billed Cardinal
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Chilean Tinamou
Grey-winged Trumpeter
Hawk-headed Parrot
Saffron Finches
Blue Dancins
Golded-hooded Tanagers
Red Catinga
Black & White Seedeaters
Green Parotlets
Hermit Thrush
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rufous-sided Towhee
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Avocet
Black Parrot
Black-naped Oriole
Black-necked Stilt
Blue-crowned Motmot
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Emerald Starling
Fairy Bluebird
Fan-tailed Whydah
Fire-tufted Barbet
Goldie's Lorikeets
Great Argus Pheasant
Green Imperial Pigeon
Hottentot Teal Long-tailed
Mandarin Duck
Beautiful Fruit Dove
Nicobar Pigeon
Orange Bishop
Peking Robin
Pheasant Pigeon
Pied Imperial Pigeon
Red-faced Liocichla
Red-vented Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Renauld's Ground Cuckoo
Scaly-naped Pigeon
Speckled Mousbird
Sudan Golden Sparrow
Superb Starling
Taveta Golden Weaver
Victoria Crowned Pigeon
Yellow-throated Laughingthrush
Pink Pigeon
Straw-headed Bulbul
Black-naped Fruit Dove
Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot
Crested Wood Partridge
Gaudy Barbet
Hooded Pitta
Long-tailed Broadbill
Pink-necked Fruit Dove
Pied Imperial Pigeon
Female Fairy Blue Bird
Moluccan Cockatoo
Pygmy Falcon
Amethyst Starling
Black-headed Gonolek
Cape Thick-knee Magpie Shrike
Princess Parrot
Red-throated Bee-eater
Grey Parrot
American Crow
Hyacinth Macaw
Military Macaw
Yellow-naped Amazon
American Bald Eagle
Red Crowned Crane
Andean Condor
Common Peafowl
Demoiselle Crane
King Vulture
Martial Eagle
Ring-necked Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey

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