Your health and safety is our utmost concern. That’s why the National Aviary has been closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). While there is no known threat of COVID-19 at the National Aviary, out of an abundance of caution, the National Aviary will be closed beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least March 31. During this time, dedicated staff will continue to care for the animals at the National Aviary. Status updates can be found here, on the National Aviary’s website.

Your health and safety is our utmost concern. That’s why the National Aviary has been closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). While there is no known threat of COVID-19 at the National Aviary, out of an abundance of caution, the National Aviary will be closed beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least March 31. During this time, dedicated staff will continue to care for the animals at the National Aviary. Status updates can be found here, on the National Aviary’s website.

Ask the Ornithologist

Get to Know Birds with National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill!

In the video above, Bob answers a series of questions submitted by our followers. This week, learn about penguin polka dots, birds’ favorite fruits, and how to enjoy birds while staying safe. 

Want to follow along and learn more? Answer the questions below! 

Curious to learn more about birds? Visit our Facebook page to leave your questions for Bob in the comments section!

  1. What are some good bird-related activities that we can participate in while practicing social distancing and staying safe?

  2. How many years of schooling does it take to become an ornithologist?

  3. When is a good time to put out my hummingbird feeders?

  4. Why do all of the penguins at the National Aviary have different spots on their chests?

  5. What are some of the favorite fruits of the birds at the National Aviary?

  6. What’s the most colorful bird, in general?

  7. What’s the most colorful bird you can spot at the National Aviary?

  8. What is the most endangered bird you can see at the National Aviary?

  9. How does the size of a bird affect its flight distance?