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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

Kaka are part of the co-ordinated captive breeding programmes. The breeding season is from July to May. During the breeding season some birds may be on nest duty, out of view.

The aviary breeds native birds for release at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Zoo and Aquarium Association

The aviary is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association, the organisation for conservation-minded zoos and aquaria in the Australasian region.

Wild Birds of the Botanic Garden

Forty species of wild bird have been recorded in Dunedin Botanic Garden. This guide covers 27 of those you’ll most often encounter.

Wild Birds of the Botanic Garden (PDF file, 547.8 KB | opens in new window)

Bird Rehabilitation

The aviary supports the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital by housing birds needing to recuperate from surgery, injury of trauma. There is a special rehabilitation facility dedicated to the purpose. Recuperating birds are protected from public view.