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Hall of Birds

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All Ages


Level 4

Brain Juice Focus


Is that a dinosaur at your bird feeder?

Even though dinosaurs like T. rex and Alamosaurus have faded into extinction, birds have adapted to survive. Come and explore fossil specimens, compare footprints, and weigh the evidence to discover the astonishing links between prehistoric dinosaurs and modern-day birds.

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A mother and her children review a bird display.

Build your own virtual bird

Birds of a feather flock together. Throughout the hall are stations where you can choose unique feathers, beaks, wings, feet, and even a bird call to create your own special bird.

Attracting the ladies

Courtship for birds can be through colorful exhibitions of feathers, dances, fancy aerial demonstrations, or unique bird calls. Learn the inventive and intelligent ways birds go about attracting the ladies.

Follow birds’ journey through the ages

Birds were present during the time dinosaurs roamed Earth and have continued to evolve over the last 65 million years.

Build your own virtual bird

Attracting the ladies

Follow birds' journey through the ages

Rose Hall of Birds Scavenger Hunt

  • Find the digital highlights of rare works from our renowned Edmund W. Mudge, Jr., Library of Ornithology
  • Find the Yellow Warbler, which was collected in 1938!
  • Find the Eastern Phoebe — it comes from as far away as Weslaco, TX, at the very southern tip of the state.

What to do next

You might be surprised to know that birds are modern-day dinosaurs. Head down a level to the Life Then and Now Hall to gaze up at ancient fossils, and discover more about evolution and how it works.

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