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Bird Enclosures

Unlike any other group of animals, birds are able to colonize the most different habitats on our planet. At Wilhelma the visitor can see a cross-section of the fascinating world of birds, from the huge ostrich to the tiny sunbird. Some of the birds are partially kept in greatly differing bird enclosures spread over the grounds of Wilhelma, some are to be found in combination with other houses or enclosures. Combined enclosures are, for example, the Amazon House or the House for Birds and Small Mammals, where small tropical birds can be seen in every variety of shape and colour. Focal points for birds are the Free-Flight Aviary, the Meadow for Herons and Storks, the Aviaries for Birds of Prey and the Sub-Tropics Terraces.

The large Free-Flight Aviary consists, amongst other things, of four walk-in aviaries, which give the visitor the feeling of being part of the habitat of the birds there. Cockatiels and budgerigars from Australia or hamerkops and weaverbirds from Africa fly here freely. In the Aviary for Plovers and Gulls, one can watch pied avocets, European oystercatchers or ruffs in close up. The greater flamingos and the very popular black-footed penguins live in an open-air enclosure, which, however, cannot be entered by the public. Some mammals, such as the red kangaroo can also be seen.

West African crowned cranes stalk across the Meadow for Herons and Storks, alongside Hawaiian geese. In the Aviaries for Birds of Prey, griffon-vultures are enthroned upon their eyries, regularly bringing up their little ones. The parrots on the other hand, feel at their best on the sunny Sub-Tropics Terraces – for instance the colourful hyacinth macaws, the vinaceous amazons and the rare keas and kakas from New Zealand.

By the way: the toucans are to be found behind the first glasshouse after the main entrance, and the precious Congo peacocks in an aviary in the Giraffe House!