Russell B. Aitken Sea Bird Colony and Aquatic Birds

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Honk hello to flamingos, storks, and other birds that inhabit marshes and lagoons. Outside, a sky-high aviary recreates the windswept coast of Patagonia, where seabirds swoop and penguins swim along your trail.

What to See and Do

Daily penguin feeding in aviary: 3:30 p.m.
Watch Magellanic penguins come out of their dens or up from the deep and bob for fish. Ask a keeper your questions about the birds.

Spin the wheel of penguin fortune.
Take your chances at being a penguin. Will you face a perilous encounter with an oil tanker or a bountiful fish dinner?

Discover the power of poop.
In Peru, bird poop is a major commodity! The white droppings of penguins and guanay cormorants make an excellent fertilizer.

Laugh like a kookaburra.
The world’s largest kingfisher is famous for its “ooh ooh ah ah ah” territorial call. Can you imitate its sound?

Compare your beach gear to the birds’.
No need for a lobster fork when you have a chisel-shaped bill! Discover aquatic birds’ built-in adaptations for life on the water.

Saving Penguins

In the Sea Bird Colony, you’ll discover how WCS scientists working along the Patagonia coastline are helping to establish parks and preserves to protect wildlife colonies from the threat of growing fishing and oil industries.


After your journey through the aviary, you might get a little hungry. Don't worry, the Dancing Crane Café is only a short flight away.