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Aviary Field Guide

Aviary Animals and Plants

The R. J. Reynolds Forest Aviary at the N.C. Zoo displays more than 3,000 gorgeous tropical plants and dozens of exotic birds. Also, three dozen tropical frogs, sporting some of the most vibrant colorsTropical Frog Guide button in the animal kingdom, are on display. Four species of the three-inch long frogs, native to the jungles of Central and South America, are hopping around two new exhibits installed in the Aviary’s entrance lobby. Find out why these tropical frogs are endangered and what you can to to help. 

Bird Guide Download ButtonThe North Carolina Zoo's Aviary Bird Guide provides color drawings and the names of the birds along with tips for finding and identifying them in the Zoo's Aviary.

 Aviary Plant Guide button

Use the Aviary Plant guide to learn more
about the abundant and diverse tropical
plants found in the Forest Aviary.


Ecosystem: Tropical Forest - Hot, humid conditions characterize Aviary at NC Zoothese biologically productive ecosystems. Supporting a large amount of biodiversity, rainforest soil is actually very poor. Most soil nutrients are quickly taken up by plants or washed away with heavy rain. Rainforests are being quickly destroyed by slash and burn agriculture, livestock production, logging, fuelwood collection and other human development.