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The new aviary features a local favorite and colorful exotics.

Birds of the Americas Exhibit Opens June 21

A sun conure. Photo courtesy of Roger Smith/Flickr.

June 17, 2013

Celebrate the opening of the ABQ BioPark's new Geraldine Johnson Birds of the Americas exhibit with special activities on Friday, June 21. After a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:15 a.m., guests can view the new aviary and the beautiful birds inside. From 9:30-11:30 a.m., visit Discovery Stations to learn more about North and South American birds and bird adaptations.

Featuring birds found across two continents, Birds of the Americas is located near the park. The area has traditionally housed roadrunners, and guests can still spot these native favorites in the aviary. Brilliant blue hyacinth macaws, the world's largest parrots, will join them. A small flock of sun conures will add color and sound to the exhibit. In the future, a pair of burrowing owls will live in the aviary as well.

"This is one of the first exhibits Zoo guests encounter, and the colorful birds will help welcome them to the park," said Peter Shannon, Curator of Birds. "Birds play unique roles in a vast array of ecosystems here in North America and beyond. You can see some of their amazing adaptions in this exhibit with the bright colors of the macaws, the flocking behavior of conures and the way roadrunners can go with very little water."

The exhibit was funded by the New Mexico BioPark Society's "Nuture Your Love of Nature" Capital Campaign. The funding paid for exhibit construction, husbandry equipment, graphics, landscaping and more.

The Birds of the Americas exhibit is included with regular admission and will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (9 a.m - 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day). Next week's Zoo Music goers can enjoy the new aviary that evening, along with British folk rock by The Dunwells.

For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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