National Aviary Opens New Free-Flight Bird Show ‘Bird Brains’



Robin Weber, Senior Director of Marketing and Community Relations 


Show features vultures, macaws, crow, flamingos, penguin, owl and more as it explores bird intelligence and adaptations. ‘Bird Brains’ will run for limited time, through Jan. 31

PITTSBURGH – November 10, 2017 --  A limited run of the National Aviary’s new free-flight bird show Bird Brains opened today with a stellar avian cast showing off their unique natural adaptations and problem-solving skills in front of audiences at the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZoneTM Theater.  Bird Brains will be presented twice daily through January 31, 2018.

Bird Brains explores the concept of bird intelligence and the behaviors, traits and skills various species have developed to survive in the wild.  Macaws, vultures, an American crow, flamingos, an Eurasian Eagle Owl and silver gulls all make appearances within a multimedia setting that incorporates theatrical lighting, video, music, and narration by the National Aviary’s professional trainers.  Among the highlights: audiences will see first-hand the ability of Macaws to use their climbing skills and intelligence to master an obstacle course; and will see how crows  – considered one of the most intelligent of the bird species –employ problem-solving skills to get to food.  

The show wraps with an appearance by one of the National Aviary’s critically endangered African Penguins and a finale that reminds audiences of the urgent need to protect the planet and the natural habitats of these winsome but vulnerable birds. 

Bird Brains will be presented twice daily at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (except on Tuesdays) through January 31, 2018.  National Aviary admission: Adults $15; Children (ages 2-12) $14; Seniors (60+) $14; under 2 Free.  Show tickets not included with admission. Show tickets an additional $5; discount packages available. For more information, go to . 


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