Flying Free In Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Member Name: MollyWH
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Advantages: Natural surroundings, lots of species, excellent value for money
Where Is It?
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is situated in the Lake Gardens area of Kuala Lumpur which is close to the Orchid Gardens and the Tun Abdul Razek Memorial. The bird park is a little bit out of the main town in Kuala Lumpur as we did try to follow a map and find our way there on foot but after getting lost and asking a couple of locals which way we needed to go, they told us we would be better getting a taxi. So get a taxi we did and good job too because it was about a 15-20 minute journey to the Bird Park. The Lake Gardens area where the Bird Park is situated also have many other attractions such as The Deer Park, Orchid & Hibiscus Garden, Butterfly Park and some beautiful landscaped gardens so you can combine all the attractions and only pay the one taxi fare and make a day of it.
The Bird Park is open all year except for any religious holidays. Opening hours are 9am 6.30pm every day including Sundays and Public holidays.
Tourists pay higher admission fees than the locals do. Locals pay 12 ringets for an adult and 6 ringets for a child. Tourists will pay 22 ringets for an adult and 15 ringets for a child which is £3.30 for an adult and £2.60 for a child in English money. As you can see the prices were more than reasonable.
About The Bird Park
The KL Bird Park was opened in 1991 by the Queen of Malaysia, Tunku Bainun.
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is the largest walk in aviary in the world. The bird park is set across 8 acres of land and is certainly very picturesque. Over 9000 species of birds currently live in the bird park and you can see them in natural surroundings as they are all free to fly where they want due to the fact that the bird park is built in the style of a massive aviary so basically the whole area of the bird park is covered by netting. Of the 5000 birds, around 90% are native birds and 10% are imported from other countries around the world.
While the birds are allowed to fly freely, the incompatible species are confined in smaller Avery and specially designed open areas within the park so they all still have adequate space.
The Bird Park is divided into five zones to prevent different species (that do not get along) coming into contact with one another. These four sections are The Flamingo Pond which also includes a Pelican section, The Hornbill Park, The Waterfall Aviary, The Flightless Birds and The World Of Parrots.
The Flamingo Pond
The Flamingo Pond is the first area you will come across as you enter the park. The park consists of little walkways which you follow to each area. The Flamingo Pond is down a slight slope and while you are walking down the slope, you can overlook the man made lake which houses the Flamingos.
Once you reach the Flamingo area you can see various birds such as Stalks, Flamingos of various colours and other birds which unfortunately I can not remember the names of.
The lake is of a good size, about 75 metres by 25 metres and there are little rivers which run all around the park and lead back to the lake.
The slight downside to this area was that you were unable to walk around the back of the lake which was a bit of a shame as you could have got some better pictures of the birds from that area. I liked this area because the viewing point for tourists is slightly raised, meaning you get very good views of the lake and the birds.
In this area there was a Pelican that was 4ft tall, he was absolutely incredible and looked very prehistoric. We were fascinated by him and watched him for a while as we were so amazed at the size of him. After watching him for a while we realised that he actually had a female friend in there with him and we watched them groom each other for a bit. We were even more gob smacked when the bird flew, he was so big it didnt look like his wings would carry him but they did and it was an experience to watch.
The Hornbill Park
Obviously the Hornbill Park houses the Hornbills and quite a few different species of them too. Again I am unable to recall all the different species but I do remember the Rhinoceros Hornbill, The Great Indian Hornbill and The Dwarf Red Bill Hornbill. The Hornbills are housed in a large aviary within the bird park and I assume this is because they would not get on with other species of birds within the park.
The aviary for the Hornbills is fairly large and there is a path which runs through the middle of the aviary so you can walk straight through it giving you plenty of chances for photographs. The Hornbills were definitely the most photogenic birds in the park and I swear they actually posed for photographs.
The Waterfall Aviary
The Waterfall Aviary had a trail of walkways which lead you across a couple of rivers and eventually underneath the waterfall. As you walk along the walkways you can overlook the rivers and lakes and see all the different species of birds going about their daily routines. This is probably the area with the biggest selection of birds including stalks, various types of ducks and many other types of bird which I cannot remember the names of.
The Waterfall Aviary is a great area for taking lots of pictures as its certainly very scenic. Some of the walkways lead up slopes and are cut into the landscape surrounding the bird park and from here you can get excellent views across the park as the walkways are raised.
One of the walkways has actually been carved through natural bed rock and this leads you underneath the waterfall. Inside the rock there are a couple of benches where you can sit and chill and just take in your surroundings. Also from this point you can look out from behind the waterfall across the park which is an experience.
The Flightless Birds
In the Large Bird section there are Ostriches and Emus. This is the only area of the park where you are secluded from the birds for obvious reasons. These enclosures are massive and the birds have so much room to roam.
I found these birds really interesting to watch as I had never seen them in real life before. You can get fairly close to the birds but you are the other side of a fence for yours and the birds safety (in fact probably more for your own safety). We went quite close to the fence with the intention of taking some close up pictures but we found that when we got quite close the Ostriches hissed at us. I am not sure if they would normally do this because at the time they had babies in with them and I think that maybe the Mum was just being protective of her young.
I really enjoyed watching the babies interact with the older birds.
The World Of Parrots
This was definitely my favourite section of the Park. In this section there were literally hundreds of different species of parrots including Macaws, Cockatoos and Parakeets.
Again the walkways went straight through the middle of the aviary so you really could get close to the birds.
There was also a second aviary which houses all the birds of pray such as Eagles, Falcons and Owls. These aviaries were enclosed so you couldnt actually walk in there with them; again I presume this is for your own safety.
Once you have walked through all of the aviaries you come out into a large open area. On the left hand side there is an area where you can have your picture taken with the birds. The area is a large barn but without the front. Inside there are large perches with various birds such as Owls, Hornbills and Parrots sitting on them. There are two men who work at the Park also sat here and you can pay them £1.70 to have 4 photographs taken with any birds of your choice. You are allowed a maximum of two birds, one of each shoulder. Although they say you are allowed only four photos, the bloke actually let us take about seven each and have a little play with the birds which was an excellent experience. I held a Hornbill and a Palm Cockatoo and they were both so beautiful.
The Park In General
The park is very large and it took us a good three to four hours to look around the whole park. There is a maze of footpaths which lead you round the whole bird park and there are also some beautiful small gardens inside the bird park. Dotted around the park are small picnic areas and small huts where you can sit and have a picnic or just shelter from the heat for a bit.
There are several Peacocks which are free to walk the grounds of the park. While we were walking from one section to another a Peacock was in the middle of the park and it suddenly displayed all its tail feathers and kept walking round in circles showing off his beautiful feathers! We took some great pictures of him and it was so much fun watching him parade for a good five minutes.
Inside the bird park they have a Refreshment Kiosk in the middle of the park where you can buy ice creams and drinks. The prices were very reasonable about £1 for two drinks.
There is also a restaurant called Hornbill Restaurant and Kafe where you can have drinks such as tea, coffee and hot chocolate and also a larger area where you can have a meal and snacks.
There are two small souvenir shops, one inside the park and one at the exit and they sell the normal sort of souvenirs teddies and photos of the various birds at the park and also items such as T-shirts and mugs.
The bird park actually has its own Amphitheatre where they hold some of the shows they do.
The Bird Park Activities
Each day the bird park put on various activities and there are boards dotted around the park informing you of what is happening, at what section and at what time. The schedule for the day we were there was:
11.30 Hornbills Feeding in the Hornbill Park
12.00 Lorries Feeding in the World Of Parrots
13.00 Ostrich Feeding in Flightless Birds
14.30 Eagles Feeding in the World Of Parrots
15.30 Birds Show in the Amphitheatre
16.00 Milky Stalk Feeding in the Flamingo Park
We watched a couple of the feedings and really enjoyed them. Each one lasts about 20 minutes which gives you time to walk to the next one as the shows are held 30 minutes apart.
I thought that it was extremely cheap to get in considering the size of the park and how many different species of birds you get to see. I really liked the fact that about 90% of the birds were free to fly as they would do in the wild. Some of the aviaries were so big that you couldnt see the mesh around them and most of the overhead netting was above even the tallest trees so the birds really did have so much space. Even the birds that were in the smaller aviaries had so much room.
We saw some really beautiful birds in the park and I loved the fact that the park was really well sign posted, directing you to each section, toilets etc. Each enclosure was also clearly signposted with the different species of birds which I like because you could identify the different species easily.
I would highly recommend this bird park to anyone visiting Kuala Lumpar.
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