Know Before You Go: To ensure the safety of staff and guests, we've made modifications to the Zoo experience in accordance with public guidance and health recommendations. Please review our updated FAQs (FPZ and SZ) before your visit. Members:​ Online reservations are required for your visit.


Gouldian Finch

Bird's World Exhibit

With the rising cases of COVID-19 and the continued concern for public health and safety, effective Wednesday, December 16, the Bird's World building is temporarily closed to the public.
The health and safety of our guests, staff and animals are of paramount importance, and we thank you for your continued support and understanding, especially throughout the challenges of 2020.

Bird’s World is housed in one of the original buildings from Franklin Park Zoo's 1913 opening, giving it the majesty and charm of a bygone era. This stunning structure is home to dozens of species of birds from around the globe, including tawny frogmouths, sunbitterns, Gouldian finches, and other indigenous birds from swamplands, scrublands and wetlands. With so many different species hooting, cooing and whistling, Bird’s World is a wonderfully noisy exhibit!

Insider Tips and Fun Facts from Bird's World Keepers

  • In the Swamp exhibit, make sure you look up into the trees. Many of the birds prefer to rest and perch high up.
  • In the Scrublands, if you look to the left you'll see the Gouldian finch nest box wall. Look closely, and you might catch a glimpse of a parent inside. Both males and females share the responsibility of incubating eggs and raising their young.
  • At the River Bank Exhibit, take some time to look at the view from underwater. You may get a rare insight into how duck feet actually work!
  • Be sure to check out the enrichment coin game in the River Bank exhibit. Your donations help fund the Zoo's enrichment program, allowing us to supply our animals with engaging toys.