KL Bird Park 25 Oct 2009

Posted: October 25, 2009 in Travel

IMG_0321 Initially we were planning to go Deer Park which located in the Taman Tasik Perdana, due to Daddy have to work (closing tender) for the following weekends and would not be coming back to spend the weekend together, thus Daddy suggested we should go to the Bird Park this weekend. Another reason beings is he wanted to polish his photography skills.

We waked up early on the Sunday morning, after bathing two children and having breakfast at Asia Cafe, then we headed to our destination. The fees is RM15.00 for adults and RM6.00 for children above 3 years old.

The Free-Flight Walk-In Aviary

IMG_0208 It is really hard to believe we have a reputed to be one of the largest in the world, this free-flight walk-in aviary, comprising of Zone 1 and Zone 2 of the park, is the home to more than 60 species of local and foreign birds, flying freely and living together in harmony and balance, creating a unique ecosystem of its own in this semi-natural environment. Once we came to the Main Entrance, we came to the Love Aviary full of colourful and adorable lovebirds.

We are really amazed by the courtship display of the Indian Blue Peacock with its magnificent, colourful, 5-feet train. Also, get a glimpse of the Crowned pigeon, the largest pigeon species in the world having the body size of a turkey. They are everywhere… Only today that I realised that that is called Pigeon!

Brahminy Land

Located in Zone 1, the Brahminy Land exhibits our collection of Brahminy Kites, one of the popular local bird of prey species in Malaysia. These magnificent birds give out sorrowful, mewing calls especially during late evenings. Brahminy Kite forage both over water and land, feeding on small preys such as fish, rodents and even insects.

Flamingo PondIMG_0226

Also situated in Zone 1 of KL Bird Park, catch a glimpse of our Greater and Lesser Flamingos gracefully sun-bathing in a beautifully landscaped pond complete with a scenic man-made waterfall. One of the special features of these gregarious wading birds originated from Africa is their ability to stand on one leg, and the characteristic pink colouration of their feathers is caused by their beta carotene-rich diet obtained from the pond they are living in.

At this Flamingo Pond, there were other pelican birds, another splendid yet curious bird species with its enormous bill and awkward heavy walk. This pond is also a favourite spot for other wading birds inhabiting the free-flight aviary especially early in the morning.

Hornbill Park

IMG_0255 The magnificently landscaped Hornbill Park depicts the true tropical rainforest of Malaysia, with its verdant, lush, evergreen trees, some soaring up to the height of a 10 storey building. This is the home to our majestic pair of Rhinoceros Hornbill, one of the largest hornbill species in the world. Its shiny ebony black plumage, huge bill and upward-curved casque in the shade of vibrant red, orange and yellow forms a beautiful contrast to its surrounding and definitely a remarkable sight to be relished. This pair is joined by a smaller hornbill species, the Oriental Pied Hornbill; the melodious Hill Mynas; and small doves; while on the ground you can find the adorable Poland Chicken and Pearl Guineafowls; all inhabiting the same closed area forming a perfectly balanced community.

IMG_0268The Feather Friends Photo Booth

We had taking a small momento back with us as a remembrance of our visit here. A beautiful photo, up-close-and-personal with the tame and trained birds will definitely be the perfect souvenir. There are various of birds; from Tango, the beautiful Scarlet Macaw; Samad, the playful Wreathed Hornbill; Kitty the adorable Malay-Eagle Owl or even Ella the mysterious Chestnut-bellied Hawk Eagle. With a small fee of RM25.00, we had our photo with specially made photo frames using the KL Bird Park instant photo service. The guy is kind enough to help us snap a few using Daddy new Canon 500D digital camera!

IMG_0287The World of Parrots

This walk-in mini aviary is specially designed to accommodate 20 species of parrots that in collection consisting of macaws, cockatoos, lories and parakeets. Some of the parrots are placed in individual exhibits in pairs as part of our breeding programmes while others have the freedom of flying freely inside the aviary giving the possibility to the visitors to get closer to these beautiful birds.

We had the chance to get a closer look on some of the rare and even critically endangered parrot species such as the Pesquet’s Parrot which is also popularly known as the Vulturine Parrot and can only be found in Papua New Guinea; Moluccan Cockatoo which is endemic to the Seram Island in Indonesia and now critically endangered due to illegal trapping and habitat destruction; and the adorable Congo African Grey Parrots which are widely known to be the most intelligent parrot species.

Issac had took part in Lories Feeding at 12.00pm daily happening here at the World of Parrot.

Flightless Birds

IMG_0299Some of the largest bird species that roams the earth – and here are all 4 of them here in KL Bird Park! Flightless birds which are mostly enormous in size and have adapted well to the life on the ground that they have lost their abilities to fly. Instead, ostrich for example, is known to be one of the fastest moving creature on earth, due to its powerful long legs.

Ostrich, Struthio camelus, is the largest living bird species in the world. It can reach the height of between 1.8 meters to 2.7 meters with body weight of 90 to 155kg. Large, strong legs with two toes enable it to walk about with easy strides and to run fast, with a top speed of 64km/h. Ostrich can be found in various parts of Africa where it prefer open areas such as deserts and grasslands. It feeds mainly on leaves, seeds and even insects. Ostrich eggs are the largest of all eggs and weigh about 1.3kg. The content of one ostrich egg is equivalent to two dozen chicken eggs.

IMG_0318 Bird Gallery & Education Center, Egg Incubation Room & Nursery

There is a new facility here that chicken eggs are artificially incubated using incubators, we have the chance to see and touch with our own hands to feel the adorable chickens and ducklings. Issac even had a chance to hold the chicken littles.

Oriental Bird Aviary

One of the exhibits housed is pair of Greater Bird of Paradise, Paradisaea apoda, having a widely-spread legend saying that this magnificent bird is a messenger from heaven, having no legs and possessing certain mystical powers which can bring good fortune to its keeper. Adding to the collection is the Violet and Green Turaco from Africa, and 3 species of toucans, namely the Toco Toucan, Channel-billed Toucan and Red-billed Toucan which are regarded as the New World ‘hornbill’ species. These beautiful birds have a characteristic black plumage and bright, vibrantly coloured facial features.

IMG_0301 Waterfall Aviary

Experience a relaxing stroll along the paths in another one of our scenic mini aviary, the Waterfall Aviary, located in Zone 4 of KL Bird Park. A picturesque set up of lush green trees and a 30-feet tall man-made waterfall, this mini aviary is also the sanctuary of our Milky Storks, one of the vulnerable and highly protected bird species in Malaysia.

The Amphitheater and Playground

It is located in Zone 4 of the park. The KL Bird Park Bird Show happening at this semi-open air amphitheater at 12.30pm and 3.30pm daily. The Amphitheater has a 350 seating capacity and the daily Bird Show is free-of-charge with a first-come-first-serve seating arrangements. We did not have a chance to see the bird show as we are rushing back. But, the children did play at the children’s playground.

It is really a different experiences for the children, as both were visiting Zoo previously and now is a different feathered friends.

Source from www.virtualmalaysia.com, www.klbirdpark.com & www.cuti.com.my

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