• Channel 11's David Johnson practices with National Aviary birds before 'Tonight Show' appearance

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    PITTSBURGH - Before making their national television debut on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday, three birds from Pittsburgh’s National Aviary spent time practicing their routine with Channel 11’s David Johnson.


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    “We’re getting the birds ready for that setting,” Johnson said. “I think they’re amazing.”

    The National Aviary will take two penguins and a vulture to the show. Sarabi, a black vulture, will fly through the audience right onto Fallon’s arm, while both penguins will follow him onto the stage.

    Instead of rehearsing at the Aviary, the rehearsal instead took place at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty.

    “The reason we wanted to practice here is because the theater that we’re going into is elevated like the one on "The Tonight Show,” said Cathy Schlott, curator of behavioral management.

    "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" featuring the guests from the National Aviary will air Tuesday at 11:35 p.m. Eastern. 

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