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Taman Burung Bali Bird Park - Bali, Indonesia

A Snapshot of Indonesian Avian Life in Gianyar, Bali

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Taman Burung Bali Bird Park, Indonesia
Mike Aquino, licensed to About.com

Bali Bird Park is a zoo with over a thousand birds from more than 200 species mostly endemic to Indonesia. Visitors are encouraged to get up close and personal with park "residents", who live in enclosures that closely resemble their natural habitats.

The park's layout is designed to recreate a walk-through of the Indonesian islands (with a detour through other parts of the world).

Bali Bird Park's Exhibits

The paths lead to enclosures grouped into regional exhibits, i.e. the Sumatra exhibit is populated by caged birds from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and the Papua aviary houses Papua-endemic birds in an environment that simulates the Papuan jungle.

The Bali exhibit showcases the rare Bali Starling, while the Papua aviary houses a wide collection of Birds of Paradise. The Java exhibit lets you see native raptors like the Javan Hawk and Serpent Eagle, and the Far East exhibit contains water fowl and a pen housing several well-fed Komodo Dragons.

Each regional exhibit attempts to recreate its residents' natural habitats as much as possible, down to the plant life and the cultural artifacts in the vicinity. (The most noticeable artifact is an authentic Toraja house looming over the grassy open area near the restaurant.)

The Sumatra, Borneo, Java, and South America exhibits consist of cages and pens that let you see, but not touch, the birds housed within.

The Bali and Papua exhibits are enclosed aviaries that let you meet and greet the exhibit's residents - the Papua exhibit extends far above ground level via an elevated walkway that lets you see flying birds at eye level as they zoom past. The birds are less afraid of human contact than their wild kin, so you can come get a closer look.

Interactions with Birds

The exhibits are positioned around two large ponds and an open, grassy area, where bird shows are held at appointed times. The Bali Starling restaurant overlooks the grassy area, offering refreshments and a shaded view of the shows.

Certain birds are allowed to roam free in the park. Parrots and cockatoos are allowed to closely interact with guests at the park's Guyu-Guyu Corner - the birds will perch on visitors (with the help of human minders) and allow them to take pictures.

Cranes, pelicans, stork, and other water fowl inhabit the ponds in the center of the park.

Bird Shows

Bali Bird Park's bird shows take place every day, each with a different twist.

  • The Bali Rainforest flying show features trained birds endemic to Bali - they'll zoom about doing tricks for their trainers, to the delight of visitors. Shows at 10:30am and 4:00pm every day.
  • The Basic Instinct raptor show features Indonesian birds of prey doing aerial somersaults and close fly-bys in exchange for tidbits from their trainers. Shows at 11:30am and 3:00pm every day.
  • Visitors can also Meet the Bird Stars in the Bali Starling Restaurant - you can have luncheon with assorted bird species at the attached restaurant, every day at 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 4:30pm.

Feeding time is another popular spectacle - these interactive experiences take place every day at different parts of the zoo:

  • Papua Rainforest feeding: 9:30am, 12:45pm
  • Lorry Feeding: 9:45am, 12:45pm
  • Pelican Feeding: 10:00am, 1:15pm

Other exhibits include an incubator area where you can see infant birds being reared by hand and a Balinese egg artist painting eggshells in the traditional fashion.

Getting There

Bali Bird Park is located at Jl. Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Batubulan, Gianyar, Bali. You can ride a bus from the Batubulan bus terminal and get down at the entrance of the Bird Park. By rented car, the park is a forty-minute drive from Kuta. Entrance costs $21.50; the park is open from 8am to 6pm.

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