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Roa’s Aviary is Aquatica’s new feathered exhibit.

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Dottie and Little Man love creepy crawlies, feathered friends and creatures of every shape and size. So this past weekend, while visiting Aquatica, Texas during AdventureCon 14, they were thrilled to explore the Park’s brand new aviary.

Roa's Aviary is Aquatica's new feathered exhibit.

Roa’s Aviary is Aquatica’s new  feathered exhibit.

This 13,500 square foot aviary sits near the Loggerhead beach area and can be accessed on foot or water. (Yes! You can wade, float or swim through the waterfalls to a set of steps that lead to the aviary’s platform holding the birds’ feeding cart.)

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Dependent on what time you enter the aviary, you can feed one or more of the 300 feathered inhabitants.

Feeding the Roseate Spoonbill. These birds can be found in North, Central and South America.
Feeding the Roseate Spoonbill

Make your visit educational by grabbing one of the laminated bird reference guide cards at the entrance and see how many of the birds the kids can find.

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The Scarlet Ibis can be found in South America…and now in Aquatica!

You can also stop and ask one of the aviary staff more about the birds you see. They’re bursting with great facts and patient to answer any questions asked.

Gorgeous Green Peafowls from Southeast Asia walk around freely.
Gorgeous Green Peafowls from Southeast Asia walk around freely.

My kids loved feeding the Pied Imperial Pigeons from Southeast Asia because they were the friendliest of all the birds. Most of the pigeons love to perch on visitors’ arms while being fed. One particular pigeon prefers to go a step further and land on their heads. (Little Man and Hubs were startled yet privileged to find that out first hand!)

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If your little one is a shutterbug, this is a fantastic place to give them a camera and encourage them to snap away. (But remember to avoid using the flash on your camera or getting too close.)

Roa's Aviary

Have you visited an aviary recently? Is there a specific bird you love?

30 Comments

  1. Oh wow, my two boys would be in their glory at that exhibit. I love that the kids can get hands on like that.

  2. Oh I love the peafowl. (Is it related to the peacock?) This looks like a fantastic exhibit!

  3. I cannot even remember the last time I took a trip to Sea World. My daughter has been driving me crazy to go! I see it has changed quite a bit since the last time I went. I love how you can feed the birdies!

  4. That is really cool that it can be so hands on. My children would love that… Okay I would love that. What a fun place!

  5. My daughter is terrified of birds, but I find them really interesting to watch. I love how colorful they are!I don’t think I’d like them on my head though.

  6. Pics turned out great. Birds are beautiful. It’s been a long time since I have been to a Sea World and most likely won’t ever make it again.

  7. Those are such colorful and beautiful birds. I would love to go there for a day

  8. That peafowl is spectacular! I actually don’t like birds very much in person, but I do think they are pretty in pictures. We had chickens when I was a child and they put me off the whole species.

  9. Wow my kids would of loved this.They have some really beautiful birds there.

  10. my little one would LOVE this. she’s quite enamored of birds and knows many local species and their habits! she’s four!

  11. How beautiful to get to look at all the colorful birds in this Aviary. I would love to go here and see them. Looks like so much fun.

  12. I would freak if a bird landed on my head. Getting up close and feeding them is fun though!

  13. I love how colorful and interactive it looks. I’d check it out myself!

  14. I have never visited an aviary but it looks like so much fun! I am putting that on our summer bucket list!

  15. I haven’t been to an aviary recently, but have recently become a little obsessed with the birds in my own backyard doing everything I can to attract them. Then I sit out on the porch with my binoculars and spy on them. LOL I would have a grand time at this place!

  16. Oh, how fun that he got to feed the ibis. I bet he loved it. I love their sculptures, too.

  17. This place looks like so much fun! I wish we lived closer; my boys would love it.

  18. Wow! My kids would go crazy there! They love birds and they would love to feed them! So cool!

  19. Oh wow those birds are beautiful – so colorful! Great pictures especially the shot shown feeding the Scarlet Ibis from South America.

  20. Wow so many different birds in one place, some I have never seen, would be cool to get so up close with these beautiful creatures. This exhibit looks so awesome.

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