In this exclusive interview with the National Aviary, Comcast Newsmakers meet a hyacinth macaw named Tyler.
Need a fun, family-friendly activity for this weekend? Head over to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh for the "Taking Flight: An Aerial Adventure” show. "A new storyline, new set, and state of the art sound system, all will help our birds deliver the thrills. This summer will be full of adventure,” the National Aviary announced on their Facebook page.
At the show, "colorful macaws, charismatic Eurasion Eagle Owls, a feisty Kookaburra and an Augur Buzzard from Africa will entertain in a natural setting, zooming just a few feet overhead after released from an elevated lift, where they'll fly toward an on-stage perch or glove of their trainer,” according to the Ellwood City Ledger. The macaws featured are a scarlet macaws, green-winged macaws and hyacinth macaws, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"They're practicing for their show!" The National Aviary posted on their Facebook, with this photo.
Some birds will also walk on stage and will perform tricks with the crowd, such as flying to an audience members hand to get a packet of seeds, according to the Ellwood City Ledger.
There are other shows planned at the National Aviary this summer, too, one of which will feature a flock of black kites. "Black kites are another Old World ... raptor species, and visitors to the National Aviary can see them, along with our martial eagle, black vulture and lanner falcons, in a free-flight rooftop show called ‘Soar,’” National Aviary ornithologist Robert Mulvihill told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"Taking Flight: An Aerial Adventure” show starts this Saturday, May 24 and runs through September 1st. The show runs twice a day, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, go to the National Aviary website here.
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