I never thought that a trip to the KL Bird Park can be so fun. When Christian told me that he wanted me to join him to see some birds at the KL Bird Park, I was a bit skeptical about it – and asked myself “Would I pay RM50 to see some birds?” Thanks to Christian, I got an entrance ticket. I could’ve got a cheaper ticket though. That’s because MyKad holders only have to pay RM27.
By the way, we didn’t just see some birds, we actually saw a lot of birds! If I knew it was going to be this good, I seriously wouldn’t mind paying for it. It was worth the visit. It was also the day I actually fell in love with birds! To all travellers out there, do consider visiting the park!
Quick Facts About KL Bird Park
It is located in the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, a lovely place where families, couples, and youths can sit and relax, especially in the evening when the sun goes down. The gem that awaits them there is home to more than 3,000 birds of about 200 species of local and foreign birds. There are 4 zones for visitors to discover.
Zone 1 and 2 are the free-flight zones. Zone 3 is a park mainly for Hornbills. Zone 4 on the other hand is where the birds are placed in cages and mini aviaries. What’s cool about the park is that most birds are allowed to roam freely in the designated zones, which means they’ll still feel like they’re living in their natural habitat. So don’t be surprised if you happen to see any bird sitting next to you in the restaurant – watching you eat! This unique concept also allows them to breed – the natural way.
Note: There’s a restaurant called “Hornbill Restaurant & Café” where you can eat and relax. It runs from 9.00am to 8.00pm daily.
Exploring the Park
Yes, some birds are in cages, but they’re at least big enough for them. Thank goodness for that! Let me tell you this: the park is huge. So exploring it can be time consuming, but it’s really worth it. Hmm.. I didn’t expect it to be that big!
Christian and I spent about 2 hours there. We probably missed out some areas. We didn’t have the whole day to explore it as Christian needed to catch his flight back to New York on that same day.
We saw all kinds of birds at the park. I may not remember the name of every bird I saw, but I did have good experiences with the birds I personally touched, followed, fed and observed. There were a lot of beautiful peacocks roaming around, and out of all the ones we saw, only one eventually showed off its colourful feathers. What a beauty. Do you know what kind of sounds do peacocks make? I’d say high-pitch sounds.
We came across a big man-made waterfall there. It’s beautiful. We also saw some birds standing proudly on rooftops. Attention to all my Malaysian friends: you’d also find Ayam Kampung here!
There was also a yellow bird that kept following us. I think it was an Egret – a Cattle Egret to be specific. We bought bird food from the park’s ball machines. Each ball is basically RM1. Make sure you have 50 cents coins with you.
Optionally you can have your money changed at the counter over the main entrance. The peacocks didn’t seem to like the bird food very much though. The Egrets on the other hand were so into it. Oh well, Christian and I didn’t mind having third parties joining us. They continued to walk with us.
First Encounter with a Hornbill
Oh, we also managed to watch a hornbill flying from one tree to another. It looks majestic. That was my first encounter with a hornbill. I think it was a Rhinoceros Hornbill. I had never seen a hornbill until I visited the park. I never knew how big the bird really is!
Hornbills are very symbolic to the state where I came from. In fact, there is a hornbill statue at a roundabout close to my house back in Borneo Sarawak. Previously it was painted in brown colour. Somehow the locals painted it gold. Not sure why though.
But what I know is the Rhinoceros Hornbill is considered a respected creature in the Dayak community. For us (I’m a Dayak by the way), the bird signifies the spirit of God. So obviously it needs to be respected. The locals also believe that if a hornbill happens to fly over or visit their residences, good luck and fortune will come to them.
Apart from that, elements of the hornbill are portrayed in the community’s traditional arts, dances and costumes. If you think their horn-like casques look cool, wait till you learn about how they mate! Uniquely cool!
Playtime with Parrots
This is my favourite part of the park. In Parrot’s World, you’ll get to see 20 different species of parrots, such as Macaws, Cockatoos, Lories and Parakeets. Before that, you’ll come across cute parrots, ready to pose for the camera – with you! Christian and I had a photoshoot with these cute parrots. They’re so adorable, very intelligent, and very naughty indeed.
The blue parrot were fighting with the white parrot (standing on Christian’s shoulder). Gosh..they made me nervous! The small white parrot on Christian’s shoulder is so photogenic…and that little guy sure knows how to smile for the camera! Oh these beautiful models..can I take them back home with me?! 😀
Thanks to Christian for the wonderful group photo he gave me. It’s on my fridge now by the way! Later, we went to the walk-in mini aviary where we fed parrots with some milk! It was great to feel so close to them.
Some of the species are rare and critically endangered, such as the Pesquet’s Parrot, which can be found in Papua New Guinea, and the Moluccan Cockatoo, which can be found in Indonesia.
Watching Bird In Action
Up to this day, I still wonder what bird Big Bird from Sesame Street is. Is it an Ostrich – or maybe an Elephant Bird? I don’t know why but whenever I see ostriches I would think of the happy-go-lucky Big Bird.
So Christian and I saw some big ostriches at the KL Bird Park. They were just doing their own thing; some were walking, some were just ‘chillin’, and some were staring at us, probably hoping to be fed.
Unfortunately, it was not feeding time and there was no food left for us to give them. For this particular section, I thought the ostriches should be given more space. For big birds like them, where they are placed seems claustrophobic.
Learning About Egg Incubation
This part of the park is interesting – especially for kids, where they can watch how chicken and duck eggs are incubated using artificial incubators. Inside the incubation centre, which is in Zone 4, visitors will also get to learn more about incubation stages.
We weren’t lucky enough to see real live hatching though. That would be nice. At least we had the chance to see some chicks and ducklings. They’re soooooooo cute!
Well, I should stop right here. I don’t want to spoil the fun by giving too much information. Go there and experience it yourself. You might like it as much as I do too!
If you’re travelling to Malaysia soon, do read more information about the KL Bird Park at www.klbirdpark.com. This place might be where you should visit next! 😉
Photo credit: Christian C.