Hall of Birds of the World
The Hall of Birds of the World showcases distinct environments around the world and the birds unique to those locations. Each of the hall’s 12 dioramas depicts a major biome—a region with a particular community of living things, such as a desert or tropical rain forest—along with representative species.
The scenes reflect the enormous variety of birds that have adapted to the special circumstances of their habitat. The grasslands and marshes of Argentina’s pampas, for example, host water birds, insect-eaters, and seed-eaters, while Australia’s diverse habitats are home to honeyeaters, kingfishers, and fruit-loving parrots and cockatoos. The hall also depicts the birds of isolated regions such as the high Alps and the islands of Japan, and those subject to extreme conditions as in the Gobi Desert and the Canadian tundra.
An imposing flock of King Penguins dominates the diorama of South Georgia, near Antarctica. The Andean Condor, with the largest wingspan of any bird, is shown in flight in the High Andes diorama, while the large Secretary Bird and a bustard survey the scene in the East African Plains.
The King Penguin, second largest in its family, congregates on South Georgia, an island in the south Atlantic near Antarctica.