New Birds of Prey on Exhibit at the National Aviary


11/12/2012

North Side Attraction Prepares for the Holidays
 
Pittsburgh, PA – The National Aviary now has five new birds of prey on exhibit. Amelia, a Bald Eagle, Fleury, a Snowy Owl, Dumbledore and X, both Eurasian Eagle-Owls, and April a Red-tailed Hawk, can now be seen by visitors to the Aviary.

Birds of prey, also known as raptors, are among the largest avians, although there are smaller birds among the category. They are generally meat eaters, using keen eyesight to spot their next meal and tough talons and beaks to capture them.

According to Patricia O’Neill, director of education for the Aviary, “For many families, visiting the Aviary, particularly during the Thanksgiving holiday to see Santa, has become a tradition. As we started preparing for the holidays, we wanted to ensure that there were new birds on exhibit for our visitors to see.”

Each of the birds now on exhibit at the Aviary has its own story. For example, Amelia is just four years old. However, having received a devastating soft tissue injury to her wing, it was determined that she could no longer live in the wild. The care she will receive at the Aviary will hopefully assure she will thrive, noted O’Neill.

April, on the other hand, has seen her share of hard work on behalf of the Aviary. Since 1984, she has helped teach thousands of children about hawks and native Pennsylvania wildlife by being a part of Aviary classes and outreach programs. But, arthritis has taken its toll on April and she is now “retired” receiving a joint supplement. If you visit the National Aviary, you’ll find April in the Wetlands exhibit.

Fleury was hatched at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in June 2010. He was then hand-raised by a falconer, who nick-named him “Bobby” for his habit of bobbing his head. Fleury was renamed for the Stanley Cup-winning goaltender of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was previously seen in the National Aviary’s holiday production of Wings! in 2011. Fleury has even appeared on the “Today Show.

For additional information, visit www.Aviary.org.

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About the National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 600 birds representing more than 200 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.

 

Contact:                

Ericka Leigh Houck
412-258-9441
Ericka.Houck@Aviary.org