IT'S every bird enthusiast's dream come true - an aviary with more than 550 birds representing 57 different species from Australia and around the world.

The privately owned Canberra Walk-in Aviary in Federation Square, O'Hanlon, is a huge walk-in aviary where the friendly, free flying birds can be observed, photographed and fed.

The Walk-in Aviary's owners developed the aviary as a way to enjoy and share their extensive collection of feathered friends. It is their mission to allow people to interact directly with the birds.

During the warmer months of September to April, the trading hours are 10am-5pm and during the colder months of May to August, the trading hours are 11am - 3.30pm. It is open seven days a week (if weather permits), with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday.

■ For more information, phone 6230 2044, visit canberrawalkinavairy.com.au or email micklogan@iinet.au