Tropical Rainforest

Witness the Transformation of the Tropical Rainforest!

With its iconic Victoria Crowned Pigeons, beloved macaws, and elevated walkway over a pond, our Tropical Rainforest is one of the most popular exhibits at the National Aviary. It’s also the oldest. The 60-year old mechanical and electrical systems and the original windows are inefficient and contribute to heat loss and water leaks. All that is about to change.

A $1.2 million renovation of the Tropical Rainforest began in March - the renovations include replacement of the glass, pane by pane, with an insulated, bird-friendly variety; installation of a waterfall feature and pond; and the introduction of new species. During the renovations, most of our birds will be moved behind-the-scenes, and a few may be found in other National Aviary habitats.

You'll be able to look into the Tropical Rainforest to see the exciting changes, and Canary's Call will remain open. While the work is underway, you can also see historic photos that illustrate the National Aviary’s journey from one of the country’s first indoor gardens with free-flying birds to the extensive avian research and conservation-focused educational facility it has become.

The enhanced exhibit will be unveiled in July. Come back often to watch the progress!

This exciting transformation is made possible through the generosity of our funders: 

Thank you to our sponsors: 


Own a Piece of National Aviary History!

Meeghan Triggs, artist and owner of Atelier Fused Glass and Mosaics, has turned the original 1952 window panes from the Tropical Rainforest into exquisite glass art. These rare items are extremely limited in quantity. Call 412-258-9445 or stop by a Visitor Services desk to pre-order your piece of National Aviary history!



What are tropical forests?

  • Tropical forests are some of the most complex and diverse ecosystems in the world. They are located around the equator and receive at least 60 inches of rain a year, although most receive much more than that.
  • The temperature usually remains between 68° F and 82° F throughout the year.

Why are tropical forests important?

  • Tropical forests are home to half of our planet’s living species – an estimated 2 to 5 million species of plants and animals!
  • Many products you eat and use come from tropical forests – fruits, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and cashews, just to name a few!
  • Many of the plants found in tropical forests are used to develop medicines that help fight diseases.
  • And of course, humans and animals get clean oxygen from all of those plants.

Tropical forests — and their inhabitants — are in danger!

  • At least half of the world’s tropical forests have been destroyed for lumber, cattle ranching and through poor farming practices. The tropical forests that remain cover only six percent of the Earth’s surface, but the demand for the resources that rainforests offer continues to rise as our human population grows.

Check the daily schedule for feedings and other events that take place in the Tropical Rainforest.