Gain a new appreciation for our feathered friends as you meet some of the most beautiful and intelligent birds on the planet. With each show, audience members have the unique opportunity to engage with our beautiful avian residents as they show off their natural beauty, as well as some of their quirky learned behaviors.
The Bird Shows at Reptile Gardens allow Guests to get up close and personal with some of our favorite feathered friends. Take pictures, and talk one on one with our keepers between shows about these wonderful winged creatures!
Some of the stars you may see on stage or the grounds include:
Congo African Gray Parrot
European Barn Owl
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Blue and Gold Macaw
Is it summer? Then soak up some sun at our outdoor stage. Birds will soar overhead, run underfoot, and have you in stitches with their animal impressions. It’s more than just a feathered spectacle – most shows conclude with a bird personally gathering donations to support vital conservation efforts around the world.
Even between shows, you might see our trainers walking birds from place to place, and we are more than happy to stop and talk with you. If you’re very lucky, you might be able to watch one of our daily Keeper Talks with our beautiful display birds.
Is it spring or fall? Then you’ll get a chance to meet with the birds and their trainers in our heated show building. This is a great opportunity to experience a more personal presentation, with extra time for questions and photography.
Bird Fun Facts
- A bird's feathers usually weigh more than its skeleton does - their bones are honeycombed and mostly hollow, but are structurally strong.
- A bird's normal body temperature is 7-8 degrees hotter than a human’s.
- Birds lack sweat glands, so 75% of the air they breathe is used to help cool them down.
- A bird's heart beats 400 times per minute while they are at rest. In flight, their heart may beat up to 1,000 beats per minute.
- Molecular and fossil evidence indicates that birds are living dinosaurs. Modern birds are the descendants of the theropod lineage, which included the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- Air sacs may make up 20% of the body volume of a bird, reducing the overall body weight of the bird.
- The shape of a bird's beak directly corresponds to the type of diet it eats in the wild.
- The Peregrine Falcon is the world’s fastest bird with an in-flight speed of 90 mph and diving speeds up to 200 mph.
- The world's smallest owl is the elf owl weighing in at 1.5 ounces.
- Vultures are capable of defending themselves by projectile vomiting on their enemies
- A hawk's vision is so good that it can see a mouse from a height of one mile.
- The largest of the parrot species is the Hyacinth Macaw, which can grow to a length of about 40 inches.
- Molecular and fossil evidence indicated birds and crocodilians are more closely related to dinosaurs than any other reptile.
Summer Season Show Times:
10:30 | 12:30 | 2:30 | 4:30 | 6:15
Show times are subject to change. Please call ahead on the day you plan on visiting Reptile Gardens if you want to see a specific show.
Spring and Fall Bird Shows:
10:00 | 12:00 | 2:00 | 4:00
Show times are subject to change.
Animal Artists at Reptile Gardens
Now you can own an original painting by a resident Reptile Gardens artist. Some of our avian residents love to paint while channeling their inner abstract expressionist. Proceeds go to support the artists (OK, we buy them treats) as well as to three great wildlife charities: Idea Wild, Galapagos Conservancy, and Black Hills Raptor Center.
Of the nearly 10,000 extant bird species in the world, 25% are considered endangered or threatened.
Major threats to the world’s birds are habitat loss due to the spread of agriculture and human use of biological resources, invasive species (especially predators), and environmental pollution.