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Many birds use the wide variety of plant material found in the Aviary for nest building. For some birds, such as the sunbittern, keepers provide a safe platform made of cork to act as their nest. This platform is located over water, the sunbittern’s location of choice for nesting.
The Aviary design replicates a tropical rain forest. Mimicking their natural habitats has allowed birds to exhibit natural behaviors like courtship, successful breeding, and raising of young. LISTEN for their calls and LOOK for nests and courtship behaviors on your visit to the Aviary.
This species is cooperatively managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program program. This program is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan for each species in the program.