Iconic Birds

These Iconic Birds from around the globe tell the conservation stories of their species. The birds in this category are beloved by visitors and are instantly recognizable. When you name an Iconic Bird, you get access to special benefits, including an exclusive photo session with your bird and a commemorative book from your visit.

To inquire about Name-A-Bird opportunities, please contact Ted Bartlett at ted.bartlett@aviary.org or 412-258-9433.

Naming Agreement and Understanding: Following approval of the requested name, the name will be registered in the official ZIMS registry and shall remain the official name for the entirety of the life of the bird at the National Aviary. Due to the nature of working with live animals, specific lifespans of animals cannot be guaranteed. Because the National Aviary is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® program, a coordinated conservation effort to save animals from extinction, there is no guarantee that the bird will remain at the National Aviary for its full lifespan, and may be subject to relocation at any time to another AZA institution or to be released to the wild.

The American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is found throughout the Caribbean, along the northern coasts of South America, and on the Galapagos, where it forages for aquatic invertebrates like mollusks in lagoons and saltpans, using its specially adapted beak to filter water. While considered a species of Least Concern for conservation, the species previously experienced declines due to the destruction of breeding sites and habitat loss, which remain a threat. 

An American Flamingo standing in water
  • American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus rubert)
  • Type of Bird: Waterbird
  • Native Range: Caribbean Sea and northern South America
  • At the Aviary: Resides in the Wetlands
  • Lifespan: 40-60 years
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
  • Available for Naming: 2 females
  • Naming Rights: $5,000

The male Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana) is a magnificent sight in the forests of its native New Guinea. It can take several years for males to grow their long and brilliantly colored tail feathers, which they use during elaborate courtship rituals to impress a potential mate. While the Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise is listed as Least Concern, their island home is changing rapidly and the clearing of rainforests remains a threat for wildlife.

Male Lesser Bird-of-Paradise perched on a branch
  • Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana)
  • Type of Bird: Perching Bird
  • Native Range: New Guinea
  • At the Aviary: Resides in the Andes Mountain habitat in Canary’s Call
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
  • Available for Naming: 1 male
  • Naming Rights: $5,000

To inquire about Name-A-Bird opportunities, please contact Ted Bartlett at ted.bartlett@aviary.org or 412-258-9433.

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