Thursday, August 5: Franklin Park Zoo will close at 2:30 p.m. for a private event. Boston Lights will open at 8:00 p.m. Please plan your visit accordingly!

• Please review our current Health & Safety Updates (FPZ and SZ) before your visit.
• Non-Members: Online reservations are required for admission tickets.
• Members: Advance reservations for daytime admission are not required.

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Gouldian Finch

Bird's World Exhibit

Health & Safety Update:
Guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear a mask outdoors, however, in accordance with current CDC recommendations, we ask that ALL guests wear masks while indoors.


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.