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Bird Watching

August 19, 2013

There’s something intrinsically sad about seeing a caged bird.  These creatures have almost inconceivably developed the ability to soar and dart through the air, and to deny them this gift seems preternaturally cruel.  Birds, I feel, are best studied on their own terms.  Of course, we don’t always (or sometimes, ever) have the time and/or patience to act as human sundials silently waiting  to witness firsthand an exotic bird, and for this reason the KL Bird Park seems like a fair compromise.

KL Bird Park

Billed as, “The World’s Largest Free-Flight Walk-In Aviary” this is the place to see birds–as close to their natural habitats as we’re likely to get–in a manmade setting.  Here there are four sections to explore.  Sections 1 and 2 are free-flight areas where you can mingle with the residents and purchase special food to feed them  with.  Section 3 is the Hornbill park (where the restaurant is located) and Section 4 contains caged birds and special aviaries.



A Blue Crowned Pigeon

The park is home to some 200 species of birds and covers 20 acres of land.  Some species (like the Eclectus Parrot) with their vibrant and richly pigmented plumage, look like  subjects straight out of a Frida Kahlo painting while others (like the Hornbill) look like extras from a Lady Gaga video.

kl bird park


This park is not without the usual tourist traps, complete with a gift shop and photo area, but you’ll appreciate being able to enjoy a popsicle or cold drink as it will most likely be very hot when you go.

KL bird park


While a cage is no place for an animal that can soar, a free-flight aviary may be just the place for curious (and envious) creatures like ourselves to spend some time with these remarkable beings.


☞ For directions, prices, and hours of operation please visit the KL Bird Park Website

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