We’re headed west to Cleveland today, plodding along I-80, which traverses the width of Pennsylvania in the most boring of fashions. Mere months ago, we took this same route to Pittsburgh, and thought maybe we had enough of this interstate to last a while. Apparently not.
Speaking of Pittsburgh, the final BIG thing we saw there was the world’s largest pigeon species, the Victoria Crown Pigeon, at the National Aviary.
This is William. He is not THE world’s largest pigeon, but he gets my vote for the world’s friendliest pigeon! He just walked right up to us. His “life partner” Mary was much shyer, and kept to herself in her habitat.
It’s really hard to believe this is even a pigeon. This species has beautiful bluish-grey plumage, and a tall lace-like crest. Not something you would see on the sidewalks of Manhattan, stalking your bagel.
We enjoyed our afternoon at the National Aviary. One of the world’s largest free-flight aviaries, this facility is home to more than 600 birds representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. You make your way through several different habitats, including grasslands, wetlands and a tropical rainforest.
The Girl in particular got a kick out of the “Lorries and Friends” exhibit. You can buy a cup of nectar for $3.00 and bring it in with you to encourage the tame and friendly birds to come over to you.
Bonus: she didn’t get pooped on. But guests who do have that honor will get a special commemorative button to wear upon exiting the exhibit!
Disclaimer: Visit Pittsburgh hosted our visit to the National Aviary.