The attractions around Main Station basically features a little bit of everything. Kinda like random all-you-can-see small areas with creatures such as parrots to flamingos and even penguins from the arctic region.
The first section of the Main Station we see is the Parrot Paradise!
Don’t be surprised if you think you’re hearing squawks all over the park, because Jurong Bird Park houses the largest collection of parrots in Asia
With 32 aviaries dedicated to these sociable birds, this one-hectare exhibit features an impressive showcase of some of the world’s most unique parrots.
Each aviary is designed to simulate the natural habitats of the birds, along with natural vegetation and beautifully hand-painted murals.
You can tell a parrot by its short, hooked bills and incurved mandibles – the lower beak, as well as their finely scaled feet.
On each foot, they have 2 toes pointing forward and 2 pointing backward. This gives them a better ability to grasp items and they are known for their exceptional ability to perform acrobatic acts as they perch on branches or even hang upside down.
Their ability to mimic human voices and sounds has also endeared them to many and that is why, they are popular pets.
Saving The Parrots
In the wild, parrots and their eggs are often hunted and many species have become extinct or are in danger of becoming so.
As a result of this, the park has made special provisions to breed these birds, and has successfully bred many different species in its collection.
The park’s parrot residents include the Hyacinth Macaw, Military Macaw, Blue-eyed Cockatoo, Black Palm Cockatoo, Scarlet Macaw, Yellow-naped Amazon, Red-sided Eclectus Bird, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo and Blue and Gold Macaw.
And catch the chatty beauties putting up a great show daily at the Lunch with the Parrots program too.
Step into one of the most photographed places at the Park, especially for wedding photo shoots.
Be charmed by the tranquility of Flamingo Lake, where hundreds of pink-hued Greater Flamingos and Lesser Flamingos live.
Watch them from afar as they strut in style or wade through the water in search for food.
Great is Gorgeous
The largest members in the flamingo family, both males and females have bright pink plumage with splashes of red on their wings.
Their brilliant colours are derived from their diet of crustaceans, and without this dietary supplement, their colors may actually fade.
Less is More
At the other end of the scale, these are the smallest in the flamingo family at a height of 80 to 90cm. Their necks are shorter and thicker, and their bills are long and dark.
Because of their size, they hold the record for the longest leg relative to their length of their body.
Also check out Jurong Bird Park’s other flamingo species at the Flamingo Pool!
The Flamingo Pool is home to Chilean Flamingos and Caribbean Flamingos.
Since 1972, a year after Jurong Bird Park’s official opening, the Park has been successfully breeding flamingos in support of international wildlife conservancy efforts.
Often hunted for food and for traditional medicine, the Chilean Flamingo is classified as near threatened.
Distinguished by their white bill with a black tip, its black and crimson feathers on the edge of its wing can only be seen when its wings are stretched.
At feeding time, these exotic creatures can walk as fast as 40 to 60 steps per minute!
It is interesting to note that, in the wild, the Chilean Flamingo is abundant at lakes without fish, and almost absent at lakes that are swimming with fish!
The brightest colored in the flamingo family, these flamingos are easy to spot with three colors on their bills – grey at the base, pink in the middle and black at the tip.
If threatened or if predators are spotted, they produce a goose-like chorus of honks. These birds are also known to spend quite a fair amount of their time preening.
Take a closer look at the flamingos and you will notice their unique beaks that act like sieves to trap food such as algae, diatoms and aquatic invertebrates.
Get your chance to participate in snack time for the leggy residents at one of the feeding sessions, 1.30pm daily.
Dive, waddle, and glide.
Get an intimate underwater view of these aquatic birds, freshwater fish and turtles in this 11-meter wide simulated river habitat through a glass-viewing gallery.
Go “Underwater” In The River!
Without having to literally dive into a river, the Riverine offers a “cross-section” view of a fast-flowing and cascading river with the unique scene of ducks, geese, swans and screamers swimming and diving.
Here, you’ll be able to relax in the 24-seat gallery and observe the diving birds in action.
The Wetlands is a rare commodity as one of the most rapidly disappearing habitats in the world.
Many species that depend on this habitat are now struggling due to the much-reduced ranges available for survival.
At Jurong Bird Park, you’ll get to meet the 2 giant birds – the Marabou Stork and the Saddle-billed Stork.
Found throughout Africa
and parts of Asia and Europe
, the Marabou Stork is also known as the Old Man Stork – balding, hunched back with knobbly knees.
Living in marshes, savannas and fields, these birds play in important role in the ecosystem as a scavenger. By zooming in on rotting carcasses for food, they help renew the land by clearing it of dead animals, thus speeding up the decomposition process.
They are also frequently seen eating insects from termite mounds.
Despite its looks, its wingspan of 2.9 meters creates a magnificent sight.
Proudly perched on rocks and branches on a little island next to the Flamingo Pool are 7 species of colorful macaws, members of the parrot family.
With their raucous voices, these birds are an unmissable sight in the Park, especially with their bright plumage.
Boldly Blending In
Surprisingly, while they may appear too colourful and too easy-to-spot, the macaws’ plumage blends well with the foliage and colorful fruits and flowers in the rainforest.
This makes it difficult for predators to spot them.
Unfortunately, due to rapid deforestation and the bird trade, macaws are now endangered in the wild.
Meet The Family
At the Park, you can see many types of macaw, including the Scarlet, Green-winged, Blue and Gold, Hyacinth, Military, Red-fronted and Blue-throat varieties.
These birds are characterised by their strong beaks and long pointed tails. When agitated, their cheeks actually turn pink, and look like they’re blushing!
Ahoy mates, and step aboard the ship vessel where you’ll embark on an exploration to see our tuxedoed friends, the penguins!
The Penguins’ Inside!
The indoor, climate-controlled den is home to 4 species of penguins – the Humboldt, Rockhopper, Macaroni and the majestic King Penguin.
Watch them as they torpedo through the water and see how they nimbly jump up from the water onto the ice.
Through interactive features, you’ll get the chance to learn more about these fascinating birds including their breeding and feeding behaviors.
The Penguins’ Outside?
The outdoor enclosure houses the African Penguins, otherwise known as Jackass Penguins, one of the few species that has adapted to the tropics.
This is where you’ll get a truly upclose view of the birds.
Along with them are the Cape Shelduck or South African Shelduck, and Gulls.
Catch the penguins at our feeding sessions, 10.30am and 3.30pm daily at both the outdoor and indoor enclosures.
If you are interested in throwing a party with these sharp dressed friends, find out more as there’s a “Dinner with the Penguins” program!
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