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Best bird exhibits

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Simon Hampel, 27 Oct 2003.

  1. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Administrator Staff Member

    18 Oct 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    My vote for best bird feature worldwide would have to be the whole of Jurong Bird Park in Singapore - well worth the trip if you are in the area. I especially liked the birds of prey show - very impressive.

    The Maccaw exhibit at the entrance to Jurong Bird park was excellent too - dozens of lively and very beautiful Maccaws up close.

    What about in Australia ?

    I like the Free Flight Bird Show at Taronga Zoo - the amphitheatre is quite spectacular, on the cliff top overlooking Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House as a backdrop.

    The Birds of Prey Flight presentations at Healesville Sanctuary were really good - you get a fantastic look at these awesome creatures.

    What is your favourite zoo bird feature ?
  2. Nigel

    Nigel Well-Known Member

    23 Jan 2004
    Wellington , New Zealand
    I totally agree with Sim in regards to Jurong Bird park -- even if you have limited liking of birds , its still worth a few hours . A full day would be the minimum for zoo fans . They even display penguins ( it is always hot and humid there )
    The Hamilton zoo has the largest walk through aviary in Southern Hemisphere -- it is easy to forget that you are inside a birdcage when it is so large !
    Currimbin has great bird displays with raptors , and parrot feeding with swarms of parrots late in the afternoon .
    But the best bird display I know of is not in a zoo , it is up above the snowline in the Southern Alps in NZ ! Thats where the kea lives . NZs native mountain parrot . An oversized sharp beak , incredible strength , and a huge curiosity ( they are not afraid of you ! )can provide you with an entertaining few hours as these parrots set about breaking into locked cars or demolishing bicycles ( unless it is your things that they are destructing )
    Not bad for a parrot dressed in army camouflage , no bigger than a sulphur crested cockatoo ?
  3. patrick

    patrick Well-Known Member

    29 Nov 2004
    melbourne, victoria, australia
    always wanted wanted to go to jurong bird park.

    i really like the "asian rice paddy" aviary at melbourne zoo. i love the way they have created a simulation of an asian rice field complete with terraced paddies of real rice and cascading water.

    agreed the bird show a taronga is great fun and the backdrop is amazing. the healesville raptor show is possibly even better - though it focus' only on australian birds of prey, they provide a much better demonstration of their physical abilities, catching mice mid-air etc...