Canary’s Call

Canary’s Call Presented by Dollar Bank

Canary’s Call is an indoor habitat with immersive, museum-style exhibit with interpretive displays that bring to life the stories that birds, as an indicator species, are telling. Birds have long been indicators of the health of our natural environment, going back to the time when miners sent canaries into coalmines to warn of dangerous fumes. Through words, images, and interactive elements, birds tell the stories of the impacts of pollution, invasive species, overconsumption, and habitat loss on entire ecosystems around the globe. Visitors learn through these stories how they can be good stewards of our planet for all who share it.

Canary’s Call is home to the lively Rainbow Lorikeet  habitat, where a vibrant flock of lorikeets and a group of brilliant White-cheeked Turacos perch and chatter. Around the corner, find a pair of extinct-in-the-wild Guam Kingfishers and the comical Tawny Frogmouths, which are camouflaged to blend in with the branches in their habitat. 

Opened in 2019, the Andean Mountain habitat in Canary’s Call is home to striking and unusual birds from Latin America, never before seen in Pittsburgh. The Capuchinbird takes its name from the hooded cloak of a Capuchin monk: the bird’s head is featherless! A flash of neon orange can only be an Andean Cock-of-the-rock, a forest-dwelling bird with a showy fan-shaped crest.

Another flying creature can be found in Canary’s Call. A colony of Malayan Flying Foxes, a megabat species native to southeast Asia, hang out in Canary’s Call. These large fruit-eating bats have a wingspan of nearly five feet, and reveal surprisingly cute faces when they stretch their wings.

Support Rainbow Lorikeets with a symbolic adoption! The Adopt-A-Bird program makes a great gift, and helps us care for our flock!

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