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  1. animal_expert01

    animal_expert01 Well-Known Member

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    I visited Maleny Bird world today. It is privatley owned and consists of a botanic garden and 4 bird aviaries. You walk around the gardens independently however entry into the bird aviaries is done several times a day and is guided by a staff member. Around 90% of the birds here are unwanted or abused pets or birds rescued from the wild. Some birds we also the owners and members of staffs pets. Once you enter the property you come to a house which is where you pay for entry. There is also beside the entrance a place where you can get your photo taken free of charge with birds. The birds here were and African Grey parrot, a couple of alexandrine parrots, a yellow crowned Amazon, a couple of Indian ringnecks, a female Ecelectus and a couple of sulphur crested cockatoos. Once you enter the gardens there are many large ponds (or small lakes, depending on your point of view). The gardens themselves actually provide many wildlife watching opportunities. Due to the many ponds a lot of wild waterfowl is present throughout the gardens. I saw wild peewee, torresian Crow, Australian magpie, little pied Cormorant, pacific black duck, dusky Moorhen, lewin’s Honeyeater, rainbow Lorikeet, Swamp hen, bush turkey and little grebe. The little grebe was exciting for me personally as I had never seen one before. There is also helmeted Gueina Fowl free ranging throughout the property. Now to the aviaries. There are four aviaries, an Australian Native aviary, a softbill aviary, a large parrot aviary and a medium parrot aviary. The softbill aviary and medium parrot aviary both had small ponds for some very large goldfish.

    I have developed a species list, however it will be inaccurate as there will be some birds I missed and I know there were some birds present that I couldn’t indentifyand even some the staff couldn’t indentify! There are absolutely no signs inside the avairy eithier. Because many of the birds are from the pet trade many birds are mutations or hybrids. There are also many birds which came from abusive homes with are missing toes or and even legs.

    The Softbill Aviary:
    Pied Imperial Pigeon
    Gouldian Finch (white breasted and normal)
    King Quail (silver)
    Canary (red and yellow)
    Domestic Pigeon (pouter)
    Luzon bleeding heart
    Red Faced Parrot Finch (pied normal, pied sea green and sea green)
    Society Finch (pied and normal)
    Star Finch
    Zebra Finch
    Caique
    Mallee Ringneck (an escapee from the Australian aviary)
    Talpacolti Dove
    Spotted Turtle Dove
    Barbary Dove
    Alexandrine Parrot
    Red Fody

    The Australian Aviary:
    Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
    Galah
    King Parrot
    Red Tailed Black Cockatoo
    Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo
    Carnabys Black Cockatoo
    Mallee Ringneck
    Rainbow Lorikeet
    Scaly Breasted Lorikeet
    Red Wing Parrot
    Ecelectus Parrot
    Princess Parrot
    Superb Parrot
    Crimson Rosella
    Pale Headed Rosella
    Female Bowerbird (these were very hard to identify, to me they looked like satin bowerbirds but nobody I talked to at the park had any idea what species of Bowerbird they were)
    Galah x Sulpher Crested Cockatoo
    Major Mitchell Cockatoo

    The Medium Parrot Aviary:
    Cockatiel (normal and pied)
    Budgie (blue and green)
    Cuban Finch
    Lilac Fronted Amazon
    Plum Headed Parrot
    Indian Ringneck (blue, green and yellow)
    Yellow Collared Macaw
    Green Cheecked Conure (Lutino)
    Sun Conure
    Red Fody

    The Large Parrot Avairy:
    Blue and Gold Macaw
    Scarlett Macaw
    Blue and gold x military Macaw
    Blue and gold x Scarlett macaw
    Alexandrine Parrot
    Japanese Quail
    Golden Pheasant x lady Amherst Pheasant
    Rainbow Lorikeet (lutino and normal)
    Red Collared Lorikeet
    Indian Peafowl (albino and pied)
    Dusky Lorikeet (yellow phase)
    Pearly Conure
    Blue throated Conure
    Black Capped Lory
    Rosy Faced Lovebird
    Ecelectus Parrot

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    Overall, I very much liked Maleny Bird World. They have an amazing array of birds (for Australia) and I greatly recommend everyone a visit. They do a fantastic job of rescuing and taking in unwanted birds. The only real negative I have about the place is the large number of mice that were present in the large parrot aviary, but these are a given if you are going to keep birds. I will upload photos to the Australia Other gallery because as far as I am aware the bird park dosen’t currently have a gallery.

    There were two finch species that I wasn’t able to identify which were both present in the softbill aviary. I do however have a picture of both so hopefully somebody here will be able to identify them.
     
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  2. CGSwans

    CGSwans Well-Known Member

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    Can you give a sense of how large these aviaries are? They’re holding a lot of parrrots!
     
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    The aviaries altogether cover about a 1400 metres squared according to their website. The softbill, and medium parrot aviary were of a similar size while the large parrot aviary was the largest. The large parrot aviary would have been about 20 metres long by about 10 metres wide, while the softbill and medium parrot aviary were around 10 metres long and around 5 metres wide. The Native aviary was a cube, being around 15m long and 15m wide.
     
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    @animal_expert01 Thanks for the review and species list. It’s interesting to hear about the place, must visit it soon and check it out.
     
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    Forgot to mention there were Bourkes parrots in the softbill aviary. If a mod could edit these into the list, delete the last paragraph and fix the few typos I missed, that would be greatly appreciated!
     
  6. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    I presume you mean Australasian Grebe. I don't think Little Grebe have ever been seen in Australia.

    :p

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    I was talking about Tachybaptus novaehollandiae.
     
  8. MRJ

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    Australasian grebe, then. Little grebe is an African species. I presume this facility is located in Queensland? There was no mention of location in your review.

    By the way I have only seen Australasian grebes in captivity twice before, once in the Wollemi Aviary at Taronga and in an exhibit in the Aquarium at the Territory Wildlife Park. In both cases they made good exhibits. Does anybody know if they have bred in captivity?
     
  9. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    I've seen them in the Wollemi Exhibit too, and at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Nowhere else, which is surprising for such a common species. And I haven't seen Hoary-headeds or Cresteds kept anywhere.

    :p

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