African Penguin Nest Cam

Welcome to the nest! Streaming live from the National Aviary's Penguin Point, we are pleased to bring you the soon-to-be newest members of our African Penguin colony. Watch the penguin parents care for their eggs, and then their chicks, as they hatch and grow. The National Aviary's Penguin Nest Camera is provided by M&P Security Solutions. is presented by: Peoples: Making Your Life Better

Due to extreme and prolonged winter weather conditions, our African Penguins, including our new chicks have been moved indoors to ensure their comfort and health. For this reason, the nest camera has been turned off. Please check for updates, photos and videos to see how the chicks are growing and developing at or on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

What's Hatching?

Penguin parents, Sidney and Bette, laid two eggs on November 7th and 11th. The first egg is expected to hatch between December 14 and 18, and the second egg is expected to hatch between December 18 and 22. If all goes well, the chicks will eventually join the National Aviary's current colony of 20 African Penguins. This is the fourth set of chicks for Sidney and Bette who have had 6 chicks together at the National Aviary (not including these two)!

The chicks will remain in the nest for the first three weeks. They will then be moved inside to be cared for by National Aviary experts until they are old enough to return to the colony in Penguin Point. This special upbringing will ensure the chicks get the highest standard of care possible, and that they are ready to fulfill their future roles as ambassadors for their species.

Why Can't I See Anything on the Camera?

At times, the camera will be temporarily turned off while National Aviary staff checks the health and wellness of the chicks and adult penguins. However, check back every 15 minutes or so because the camera will be up and running again fairly quickly.

Follow the Penguins' Progress!

Visit the National Aviary in January to see the new penguin chicks up-close! Watch the National Aviary's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram pages for more updates, pictures, and adorably fuzzy exclusive content. Join the conversation by using #penguinchickPGH!

Saving African Penguins

African Penguins are an endangered species, with less than 25,000 pairs remaining in the wild. As part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP), the National Aviary is doing its part to ensure a growing and healthy population of African Penguins for future generations.

Welcome our new bundles of joy and help cover the care these little penguins require to be healthy chicks. Your gift today will go towards our Avian Conservation Fund that acts to support highly regarded breeding programs, conservation, and public awareness programs that benefit African Penguins and other important species. Donate today!

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