Today's Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Complete Hours

Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary

Birds of very different feathers fly together in this fascinating walk-through exhibit showcasing everything from herons and hornbills, to penguins and woodpeckers.

Whooping crane
Whooping crane range

Feature Creature

Whooping Crane

(Grus americana)

Native to: United States and Canada
Primary Diet: Plant tubers, small mammals, blue crabs, amphibians, reptiles and insects
Adult Weight: 14 to 16 pounds
Status: Endangered
At roughly 60 inches in height, the whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America. Whooping cranes mate for life. The whooping crane’s courtship dance involves leaping, head-pumping, kicking and wing-sweeping.