Eurasian Eagle Owl Chick Hatches at National Aviary


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Visitors can see the owlet in the Avian Care Center Window Daily

National Aviary Offers Opportunity to Interact with, Touch, Take Photos with Owl Chick

January 18, 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The National Aviary today announced the hatching of a Eurasian Eagle Owl chick. The chick, which hatched on January 12, will be hand-raised at the National Aviary, and will eventually go on to participate in education programs at another accredited zoo. Visitors to the National Aviary can see the adorable chick daily in the Avian Care Center window, and for a limited time, guests can book an interactive encounter with the owlet and interact with it as part of the chick’s growth and development.

Eurasian Eagle Owls are one of the world’s largest owl species with a wingspan of about six-and-a-half-feet. The owlet weighs about 80 grams (comparable to a small peach), but it will grow rapidly, reaching full size at only about eight weeks of age. The gender of the chick is unknown. A DNA test is needed to determine the sex. Visitors can see the chick as it grows and develops in the National Aviary’s Avian Care Center window.

The chick is being hand-raised to prepare the owlet for its future role as an ambassador for its species. This is the seventh time Eurasian Eagle Owls have hatched at the National Aviary in recent years, an accomplishment that demonstrates the National Aviary’s leading expertise in the breeding, hand-raising, training, and care of birds as education ambassadors.

For a short time beginning January 29th, the National Aviary will offer the extraordinary opportunity for a limited number of people to participate in an owl chick encounter as part of the chick’s growth and development. Participants will have the opportunity to touch the chick’s downy feathers, take photos, and interact with the chick, under the supervision of National Aviary animal care experts. Encounters will be available for only a few weeks.

The start date for Baby Owl Encounters is January 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm.   Baby Owl Encounters are available for a limited number of people for only a few weeks.  The fee for participation is $75. Guests can book a Baby Owl Encounter by calling 412-258-9445.


About the National Aviary:

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. For more information, visit 


The National Aviary inspires respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.