The birds don't like loud noises so try to keep noise levels down when you are visiting. They mostly have a nap in the middle of the day so come in the morning or late afternoon. We feed the birds strict balanced diets so please do not feed them.
The Aviary is situated on the sunny slopes of the upper garden just near the Upper Garden carpark.
Captive breeding programme
All native birds are part of the co-ordinated captive breeding programmes. The breeding season is from August to mid-January. During the breeding season some birds will be on nest duty, out of view.
The aviary breeds native birds for release for the Otago Natural History Trust, which is creating an ecological sanctuary.
International Species Information System (ISIS)
We are also a member of International Species Information System (ISIS), an organisation that collates information about zoo animals worldwide.
We share details of our animals, information and animal husbandry techniques. ISIS supplies computer software that is used at the Botanic Garden Aviary, which we update every three months. This means accurate records are available to other ISIS members.
Every bird held in the collection is recorded in a computer database program. Each of the valuable or rare birds has a small microchip implant with an individual number registered to the owner. The chip is positive proof of ownership.
Zoo and Aquarium Association
The Aviary is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association, formerly the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA). This is the organisation for conservation-minded zoos and aquaria in the Australasian region. The Aviary participates in two Captive Management Programmes - the South Island Kaka Parrot and the Kea Parrot Programmes. Data on all our native birds are submitted to ARAZPA on an annual basis.