National Aquarium – Scarlet Ibis


at Its Finest

Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Tropical birds fly, poison dart frogs hop, sloths hang and golden lion tamarin monkeys scamper among thousands of rain forest plants. This world-renowned rain forest exhibit features a diverse collection of plants and animals from rapidly disappearing habitats.

Animals in This Exhibit

  • Blue Poison-Dart Frog

    This colorful frog was not discovered by scientists until 1968.

    Blue Poison Dart Frog
  • Blue-Crowned Motmot

    This bird has back and tail colors of green, olive and blue. It has a wide black band through the eye.

    Blue-Crowned MotMot
  • Felize, the Baby Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

    Meet Felize, a Linne’s two-toed sloth born on March 30, 2015. The newest addition to our Upland Tropical Rain Forest and third born to Ivy is the fifth sloth born at National Aquarium.

    Scout the Baby Sloth and mother Ivy.  Photo property of National Aquarium.
  • Golden Lion Tamarin

    This tree-dwelling monkey has a small, rounded head surrounded by a thick, golden, lion-like mane.

    Golden lion tamarin
  • Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

    With two claws on the front feet and three on the back, Linne’s two-toed sloths are designed for an arboreal life. They move through the tree branches and even mate and give birth while hanging upside down.

    Two-toed sloth
  • Scarlet Ibis

    The scarlet ibis is hard to miss! Adults are bright red or scarlet, with somewhat lighter shading on the head, neck and underparts.

    National Aquarium – Scarlet Ibis
  • Screaming Piha

    The screaming piha is gray-brown in coloration. Its loud call, used by males to attract a mate, is one of the most recognized sounds in the Amazon.

    National Aquarium - Screaming Piha
  • South American Yellow-Footed Tortoise

    The Yellow-Footed Tortoise gets its name from the distinctive yellow or orange colored scales found on its limbs.

  • Sunbittern

    This slim, solitary bird has distinctive red eyes.

    National Aquarium – Sunbittern
  • Tarantula

    Some tarantula species live in the trees, while others live in holes in the ground.

    National Aquarium – Tarantula
  • Turquoise Tanager

    The turquoise tanager is a brightly colored bird with a strikingly blue face and breast and yellow or white underside.

    National Aquarium - Turquoise Tanager
  • White-Tailed Trogon

    White-tailed trogons are medium-sized, stout-bodied, perching birds with short necks, prominent eyes and large square-tipped tails.

    National Aquarium – White-tailed trogon
  • Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot

    This predominantly green parrot has a yellow head and a red patch, or speculum, on each wing.

    National Aquarium – Yellow-headed Amazon parrot

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Ken Howell
Curator of Rain Forest Exhibits

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