Video courtesy of Vitro Architectural Glass, sponsor of National Aviary Tropical Rainforest.
The National Aviary’s Tropical Rainforest is an indoor, walk-through habitat, where over 30 different birds species fly freely. The oldest room in the National Aviary—originally the only room!—the Tropical Rainforest underwent a total renovation and reopened in 2018. Today, this impressive space is blooming, with hundreds of lush, green trees and plants—including cacao and coffee—that thrive in the natural light that filters in through over 3,000 panels of bird-friendly glass.
A stunning 15-foot waterfall spills into tiered ponds where birds bathe and play, and custom designed perching allows our birds, like a pair of friendly Hyacinth Macaws, to climb close to you as you pass through. Every detail was designed to mimic a natural rainforest habitat and encourage nesting and other natural behaviors. Along the boardwalk, watch as Snowy Egrets wade in a pond while formerly extinct-in-the-wild Guam Rails dart in and out of the foliage nearby and Victoria Crowned Pigeons stroll by just feet away from you. High up in the canopy, Wookiee, the Linnaeus’s Two-toed Sloth, makes his way slowly through the treetops.
The Tropical Rainforest features 3,146 new panes of laminated bird-friendly glass from Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass). The new glass was designed to prevent collision by birds both inside and outside the habitat and maximize ultraviolet (UV) transmittance to help sustain wildlife and plant life throughout the year.
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