Aquatic Bird House & Sea Bird Aviary


The Aquatic Bird House helps visitors to understand the importance of saving the world’s dwindling wetlands. The Sea Bird Aviary, with its cliffs filled with perching Inca terns and pools where Magellanic penguins gracefully swim, is one of the true gems of the park.

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Open year-round

Please note – last entry to this exhibit is 30 min prior to park closing.


Included with all tickets.


  • Touch Exhibit
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Live From the Sea Bird Aviary

Enjoy spending time with the mustachioed Inca terns and Magellanic penguins of the Russell B. Aitken Sea Bird Aviary. The cam is live daily from 10am to 4pm EST. When the cam is off, use the time lapse feature in the top right hand corner to play back the previous day’s footage.

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Fishing Experts

Spoonbills are supreme fishers, swinging their beaks back and forth through the water when they feed, keeping them slightly open. They have the ability to sense the slightest vibration, and can quickly close their bills to capture a meal.

Penguins and Terns

Visitors to the Sea Bird Aviary can see more than 40 Inca terns soaring over the Aviary’s cliffs and pools, which resemble the bird’s native habitat. The terns share the exhibit with Magellanic penguins, a species native to southern Chile, Argentina, and the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas. Magellanic penguins live in large groups but mated couples remain monogamous for years.

Flamingo Flock

Our Caribbean flamingos often stick together, even marching as a group through the water. This behavior serves them well in the wild, where Flamingos live in some pretty inhospitable places. There’s safety in numbers.

In the Exhibit

Madagascar Crested Ibis

Among the largest birds found on this island off the east coast of Africa, this species is endangered due to habitat loss. A breeding program at the Bronx Zoo is helping to preserve them.


Anhingas are water birds native to the Americans. Their long, slender beaks are perfectly adapted to find food in freshwater lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams.

Little Blue Penguin

Named for their small size and characteristic bluish hue, little penguins are also known as blue penguins, little penguins, and fairy penguins. Adults are only about 13 inches tall and weigh 2 to 3 pounds.

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