The previous article was talking about Bali Safari and Marine Park located in Gianyar, Bali. It seems so fun to explore the wildlife with safari and encounter some wild animals on their habitat. Now, to enhance that fun, continue your vacation to Bali Bird Park which is still located in Gianyar. Bali Bird Park is a recreational theme park with educational and reservation purpose. At this beautiful park, you will get the chance to see various species of birds from around the world.
To Get There
Bali Bird Park is located on Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Batubulan, Gianyar, Bali. It is just 20 minutes away from Sanur. If you are from Kuta, you will need to drive for 40 minutes only. From Denpasar, the drive will take only 15 minutes away.
Bali Bird Park opens everyday at 09.00 in the morning and will close at 17.30 in the late afternoon. The park will not open every Nyepi Day (A Holly Day in Hindu). If you plan to visit the park in a group of 20 people or more, contact them 24 hours prior your visit. They will provide a professional tour guide for free.
The entrance ticket is only US$ 26 for adults and US$ 13 for children around 2 – 12 years old. Infant below 2 years old is free of charge. The price doesnot include 12% of general tax.
The Seven Regions
On Bali Bird Park live about 5000 birds of about 200 species from around the world. To allow them to live comfortably, the environment should be designed as similar as possible to their natural habitat. In Bali Bird Park, the area is divided into seven regions. Each region represents one habitat environment and occupies the species of birds that originally belong to. The regions are:
- South America
At South America region, you are able to see Hyacinth Macaw, the biggest species of parrot in the world. You are also able to see scarlet macaw, scarlet ibis, purple swamphen, glossy Ibis, green-winged macaw, buffon macaw, blue-and-gold macaw, love Bird, orange-winged amazon, hans macaw, red-fronted macaw, and swainson’s toucan.
- South Africa
In the region of South Africa, you will see a vast savannah where many exotic species of bird live. The most unique one is Congo African Grey Parrot which has the ability to mimic human’s voice. Other species of birds available on this region are violet turaco, african crowned crane, Von-der-Decken’s hornbill, ground hornbill, purple glossy starling, amethys starling, senegal parrot, and laughing kookabura. Still at this region, there is also a flamingo pool. This pool is very popular as people love to see the beautiful pink flamingos standing and walking with their long thin legs.
On the Sumatra region, there is a dense forest that occupies some rare and endemic species birds of Sumatra. The Eagle Owl is very popular with pointy ear tuffs and strong talons. Other birds to see at this region are senegal parrot, chrinsom-wing parakeet, white-crested hornbill, bar-pouched-wreathed hornbill, lesser coucal, and also black indian hawk eagle.
The region of Borneo on Bali Bird Park is probably the region which has the highest biodiversity of ecosystems. There are the tallest lowland rainforest, misty cloud forest, and more other ecosystem. At this region, you may see various species of bird such as nicobar pigeon, bulwer-wattled pheasant, great argus pheasant, javanese great rhinoceros hornbill, flying fox a.k.a the fruit bat, crested-serpent eagle and many more.
The region of Papua has the most species of birds. Tourists especially love to see the magnificent Cassowary bird in the dense lowland forest. There is also Western-Crowned Pigeon, the cutest species of pigeon ever. Other birds live on this region are golden-necked cassowary, double wanttled cassowary, golden pheasant, green jungle fowl, amboina king parrot, western crowned pigeon, emerald ground dove, southern-pied hornbill, cinnamon ground dove, black lory, black-capped lory, salvadori’s black-capped lory, rainbow lorikeet, white-bellied imperial pigeon, racket-tailed black drongo, southern crowned pigeon, new guinea bronzewing, chattering lory, african crowned crane, javan green peafowl, indian-blue peafowl, yellow napped lory, ornate lory, yellow streaked lory, red bird of paradise, yellow streaked lory, pesquet’s parrot, red bird of paradise, and the unique twelve-wired bird of paradise.
On the Java region, Javan Hawk and Serpent Eagle are the most popular species of bird. At this region, there also live banded pita, asian fairy-bluebird, asian pied starling, black-naped oriole, javan hawk eagle, southern-pied hornbill, magpie robin, sunda scops owl, fire-tufted barbet, purple-backed starling, java sparrow, as well as moustached parakeet.
The Bali Island region is not only a recreational theme park aviary, but also a conservation area for the rarest bird in the world, Bali Straling. The bird is also known as Bali Mynah or Jalak Bali. Other birds to see at this region are brown-billed cuckoo dove, bronze-tailed peacock pheasant, new guinea bronzewing, peaceful/zebra dove, emerald ground dove, flying fox/fruit bat, black-naped oriole, purple swamphen, ringneck white dove, pied imperial pigeon, orange-breasted green pigeon, glossy ibis, cattle egret, black-naped fruit dove, little green pigeon, spotted dove, common myna, javan green peafowl, night pond heron, asian pied starling, javan myna, yellow vented bulbul, australian pelican, bali starling, nias hill myna.
Other Objects and Activities
Besides seeing the birds in the seven regions of aviaries, there are still several other interesting attraction at this park, such as:
- Owl House is a building with Torajan architecture which is filled with many species of nocturnal owls.
- Basic Instinct is a facility where you can see many kinds of bird flying around freely.
- Avian 4D Theater is 4D cinema that shows movie and documentary about birds.
- Komodo Experience is a facility where Komodo Dragons and Giant Monitor Lizards are living. Those are the same animal that you will encounter at Komodo Island. Those are the last species of dinosaur from ancient era and the only species to survive until today.
- Guyu-Guyu Corner is where you can have a physical contact with many birds. Tourists love to let the birds perch on their shoulders and arms and then take a picture of it.
- Bird Stars is where you see the trained birds perform incredible shows.
- Birds Feeding is the facility where you are allowed to feed the birds. This facility is available in many regions such as
Exploring the aviary is such a wonderful experience. It is fun to see that there are numerous species of birds from around the world. It is also fun to understand that each species of bird has their own character and exoticism. This experience might also open your eyes (and your kids’ eyes as well) about how important it is to preserve the nature, to provide them a comfortable habitat to live in.