Charming visitors the world over since taking flight in 1971, Jurong Bird Park is one of the most renowned bird sanctuaries with some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world. In habitats that mirror their naturalistic environments, Jurong Bird Park is home to the colours of the world, as Asia’s largest bird park with a collection of more than 5,000 birds across 400 species. Our park and its line-up of award-winning exhibits, located at the west-end of Singapore, offers 20.2 hectares of exploratory landscape and gives visitors the opportunity to meet and interact with our feathered residents. Hike into the wondrous and largest walk-in aviary, the Waterfall Aviary that houses over 600 birds as well as a 30-metre high waterfall.
As these small birds flutter freely around the surroundings of over 100 plant species, enjoy close encounters with these birds during daily feeding sessions and for your chance to see the elusive crested guinea fowl and the iridescent starling, turaco and roller. Go down under to yet another world’s largest, the 9-storey high Lory Loft, the biggest lory flight aviary. Here, you’ll meet our Australian natives, the friendliest birds at the Park. Experience an up-close feeding frenzy as you walk across the suspended bridges with a cup of nectar mix in your hand. You’ll soon find bright and chirpy lory and lorikeets flocking around you, with some even nestling up to you on your shoulders! Head over to Jungle Jewels, the rich South American tropical rainforest and be greeted by the striking toucan. Eye the treetops and look out for the brightly coloured tanager and red-crested cardinal.
Head off on an expedition at Penguin Coast and see our residents of the Antarctic housed in an impressive ‘explorer ship’. Get a panoramic view of the penguins as they dive and torpedo through the waters. Outdoors, meet their tropical cousins, the African penguins and get your chance to feed them during at the Penguin Encounter sessions. Our open concept Flamingo Lake is another must-see where hundreds of greater and lesser flamingos strut around one of the most picturesque sights in the Park. Nearby, Pelican Cove is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of pelican species. The specially-constructed underwater viewing gallery gives you the opportunity to observe how pelicans dip and dive for fish.
Our efforts in breeding and conservation have not gone unnoticed, having been awarded international accolades in this area. The Breeding & Research Centre (BRC), opened to the public for the first time in June 2012 since its inception in 1988, gives you a behind-the-scenes look into how we take care of eggs and chicks that are endangered or have sometimes been abandoned. For another glimpse into the Park’s success in breeding and conservation, visit the Hornbill & Toucan Aviary. There’s also lots of fun in store for children. At Birdz of Play, soak in and get wild in this bird-themed playground with wet and dry playzones for families with kids of all ages. Toddlers and kids can wade in the shallow pool and zoom down water slides, while older kids can revel with squirt sprays and wait under the giant tipping bucket for a humongous splash! At the dry zone, they’ll experience flights of fun with the flying fox, and tiny tots will find endless enjoyment on the see-saws, swings and slides. And for those who just want to chill out, the multi-purpose pavilion is where you can dig in to a refreshing Birdz of Play Café ice cream treat.
If you've never thought that birds could be entertaining, we'll change your mind here. Flock over to our newest show the High Flyers Show, featuring a star-studded lineup of our feathered friends where you too can get into the action. Then tuck in to a sumptuous Asian buffet lunch at Songbird Terrace and enjoy the Lunch with Parrots show in a cosy setting that overlooks the beautiful Flamingo Lake. For free-flying, heart-thumping action, do not miss the Kings of the Skies show where the ancient sport of falconry is demonstrated by our hosts and the ferocious flying predators.
View our suggested itineraries to ensure that you do not miss the most popular exhibits, shows and experiences while you are here. Feel free to mix and match our suggestions according to your preferences and available time.
Morning Itinerary (8.30am - 1.30pm)
8.30am - Arrival at Jurong Bird Park - Take a walk through the lush Palm Plaza and enjoy the morning breeze.
8.40am - 9.00am - Visit the award-winning 9-storey high Lory Loft, the world's largest free-flight aviary. Engage with our chirpy lories while feeding them with a specially concocted nectar mix and watch them eat right out of your hands.
9.00am - 9.20am - Explore the forests of the Waterfall Aviary for an immersive experience into the world of the pretty starlings, turacos, rollers and more. Hike up to the observation posts and enjoy the view of the world's tallest man-made waterfall.
9.25am - 9.55am - Go behind-the-scenes at the Breeding & Research Centre and meet the babies of the park. See how we nurture our adorable hatchlings into fine young birds. And if you are lucky, you might catch them hatching right in front of your eyes in the incubation rooms.
10.00am - 10.30am - Catch majestic eagles, hawks, owls and vultures in a spectacular display of agility and sharp-eyed accuracy right before your eyes at the Kings of the Skies Show at Hawk Arena.
10.30am - 11.00am - Waddle down to the Penguin Coast and catch our tuxedo cuties in action at the Penguin Encounter programme. Don't miss the chance to feed the African Penguins.
11.00am - 11.30am - Get set for an exhilarating line-up featuring the most feathered friends ever seen on one stage at our new High Flyers Show at the Pools Amphitheatre. Be prepared for some hands-on action as we'll be calling out for volunteers!
11.30am - 11.45am - Pay homage to the Dinosaur Descendants and see our prehistoric-like flightless birds. Meet the giant ostrich and one of the world's most dangerous birds, the cassowary.
11.50am - 12.10pm - Go face-to-face with an Oriental Pied Hornbill in this 15-minute getting-to-know-you bird feeding session. And because you're so close, you will actually get to see the eyelashes on the Hornbill – the only flying birds to have them!
12.00pm - 1.20pm - Feast on a sumptuous spread of Asian cuisine as you marvel at the natural talents of our feathered performers in this highly interactive Lunch with Parrots show.
1.30pm - Get your kids ready for a splashing good time at this bird themed water playground, Birdz of Play. Gear up for endless hours of fun at our wet and dry play zones and indoor games room. This is where ice cream lovers can also enjoy a tweet of their favourite flavours from Birdz of Play Café!
Afternoon Itinerary (1.30pm - 6.00pm)
1.30pm - Arrival at Jurong Bird Park - Take a walk through the lush Palm Plaza as the palm trees fan out to welcome you into the park.
1.40pm - 2.00pm - Visit the award-winning 9-storey high Lory Loft, the world's largest free-flight aviary. Engage with our chirpy lories while feeding them with a specially concocted nectar mix and watch them eat right out of your hands.
2.00pm - 2.25pm - Pelican Cove is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of pelican species. The specially-constructed underwater viewing gallery gives you the opportunity to observe how pelicans dip and dive for fish.
2.30pm - 2.50pm - Explore the forests of the African Waterfall Aviary for an immersive experience into the world of the pretty starlings, turacos, rollers and more. Hike up to the observation posts and enjoy the view of the world's tallest man-made waterfall.
3.00pm - 3.30pm - Get set for an exhilarating line-up featuring the most feathered friends ever seen on one stage at our new High Flyers Show at the Pools Amphitheatre. Be prepared for some hands-on action as we'll be calling out for volunteers!
3.30pm - 3.50pm - Waddle down to the Penguin Coast and catch our tuxedo cuties in action at the Penguin Encounter programme. Don't miss the chance to feed the African Penguins.
4.00pm - 4.30pm - Majestic eagles, hawks, owls and vultures take centrestage at the Kings of the Skies Show at Hawk Arena. See them swoop in serial loops in a spectacular showcase of strength and agility!
4.35pm - 5.25pm - Get your kids ready for a splashing good time at this bird themed water playground, Birdz of Play. Gear up for endless hours of fun at our wet and dry play zones and indoor games room. This is where ice cream lovers can also enjoy a tweet of their favourite flavours from Birdz of Play Café!
5.30pm - 6.00pm - Go behind-the-scenes at the Breeding & Research Centre and meet the babies of the park. See how we nurture our adorable hatchlings into fine young birds. And if you are lucky, you might catch them hatching right in front of your eyes in the incubation rooms..
To make your trip to Jurong Bird Park safe, comfortable and memorable, here are some pre-arrival tips and advice. Be sun safe: Bring along sunglasses or visors to protect your eyes from the solar glare. If you're prone to sunburn, we advise using sunblock or sunscreen as well. Prepare for rain: The weather in a tropical climate can be unpredictable. There are various sheltered areas within Jurong Bird Park in which you can take cover from the rain, but we suggest bringing an umbrella or raincoat. Otherwise, ponchos are also available for sale at our gift shops. Wear insect repellent: Jurong Bird Park takes preventive measures against mosquitoes and other insects, to ensure they don’t present a problem. However, to make sure you don’t get any unexpected bites, have some insect repellent handy.
Take your time and plan your trip: The park is full of sights and activities. Allow at least half a day to enjoy what we have to offer, but a full day is ideal. Keep one of our maps with you at all times so you can plan which exhibit, feeding session, show, or other activity to go to next. Wear comfortable footwear: Taking a leisurely stroll is the most flexible way to explore Jurong Bird Park, so make sure you wear comfortable footwear. Give your legs a rest: Hop on our guided tram ride to explore Jurong Bird Park with minimal walking. In addition, many of our exhibits have seats that allow you to observe the birds comfortably. You can rest your feet there too. Mobility for children, the elderly and disabled: Parents can rent strollers and wagons for their children. Wheelchairs are also available free-of-charge for the disabled, the elderly or special needs guests.
Stay hydrated: Bring enough drinking water. You can also purchase a wide selection of canned, bottled drinks, water and juices at our F&B outlets. Food. There are various F&B options located throughout the park. Try the Lunch with Parrots at Songbird Terrace for a unique dining experience with birds. Other choices available are Hawk Café, Terrace Kiosk and Birdz of Play Café. There are also refreshment kiosks located throughout the park. Don't share your food with the birds. Our birds are on well-balanced diets ensuring their best health and optimum weight - you are not being kind to them by feeding them. Stay informed: If you are ever in doubt or need help, please do not hesitate to approach any of our guest relation officers around Jurong Bird Park.
Birds of Prey: Hawks, eagles and vultures live side by side in towering enclosures on this magnificent street of kings – kings of the skies, that is. As you walk through this exhibit, look out for the sharp talons and hooked beaks and read up on the amazing stories behind each of these beautiful birds of prey.
At a glance, you'll get to see the differences between the types of raptors. Some with wingspan as small as 20 centimetres and others as massive as 3 metres or more. Raptors you can expect to meet include Singapore's natives Brahminy Kite and White-bellied Sea Eagle, as well as a very special pair of vultures. Witness the birds of prey in action at our Kings of the Skies show.
The Breeding & Research Centre (BRC) is where the incredible journey of life begins for some of the Park’s resident birds. Go behind the scenes and get a first hand glimpse into the growth process of these birds. The moment eggs arrive at the BRC, up to the time chicks hatch and are weaned, they are hand-raised by the Centre’s officers. The BRC was incepted in 1988 but this is the first time in 24 years that it is open for walk-in public viewing. By showcasing what goes on behind the scenes at the BRC, we hope to inculcate a deeper appreciation of avian wildlife amongst our guests, and for them to have a better understanding of our conservation efforts. Our avian keepers, or "bird nannies" as they are sometimes affectionately known, successfully hand rear at least 150 chicks and birds each year. This includes the successful breeding of critically endangered species like the Bali starling, the blue throated macaw and other very significant species such as the black palm cockatoo, hyacinth macaw, red-fronted macaw and the red-tailed black cockatoo.
Eggs are kept snug and warm in our special incubators, equipped with automatic egg turners to keep the temperature and humidity of each egg constant. This aids in the incubation process. At maximum capacity, each incubation room can hold up to 180 eggs of various species. Upon hatching, the chicks are taken to the Nursery to be fed and looked after. The hatchlings are housed in brooders, a temperature and humidity-controlled environment, to keep them safe and warm. This is also where you can see how these adorable juveniles are fed by their "bird nannies". From the brooders, chicks move on to the Weaning Room when they are fully grown to help them acclimatise to the environment and each other. Here, the birds are placed in cages until they are matured and ready to join the rest of their family in the respective exhibits. The chicks and birds are kept on a strict diet, monitored and controlled by their keepers to maintain their optimum health. See what they eat, and how their food is prepared here.
Go back in time to the age of the dinosaurs into the prehistoric land of Gondwanaland, when all the land on Earth was one large continent. Be intrigued by the similar traits that these Ratites or Flightless Birds share with what is said to be ancestors of the great Dinosaur. Meet the unique, blue-headed Double-Wattled Cassowary with a soft and spongy casque that they use as a tool to forage for food, and as a weapon against rivals. It is also believed that the casque may be useful for them to receive sounds or to communicate. Its neighbour, the Ostrich, is the world's largest, heaviest and fastest-running bird with the biggest eyeballs. It also wins, wings down, with the largest eggs in the world. Over here, you’ll also see the Emu and the Marabou Stork.
Dig In & Have Fun: Become a paleontologist and go on an archeological dig to discover the fossils and relics hidden within the sand at Dino Dig. Learn more about these vintage birds at Ostrich Feeding on weekends and public holidays at 1.40pm or better yet, sign up for a personal guided Bird's Eye Tour. 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 colours 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. Check out Jurong Bird Park's other flamingo species at Flamingo Pool.
The Flamingo Pool is home to our 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. Chilean Flamingos: 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!
Caribbean Flamingos: The brightest coloured in the flamingo family, these flamingos are easy to spot with three colours 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 our leggy residents at one of our feeding sessions, 1.30pm on weekends and public holidays only.
Jurong Bird Park holds the honour of being Asia's first Heliconia Repository. This honour was earned when the Heliconia Society International designated the Park as an official Heliconia Collection Centre in 1989. With 167 species and cultivars of Heliconia, the Park is proud to have one of the largest collection in the region today. These unusual-looking flowering plants, native to Central and South America, New Guinea, are best known for their exotic blooms. The Bird Connection: Unlike most other flowering plants, Heliconias depend on birds – in particular hummingbirds – for pollination.
The Importance of Plants In The Park: Birds come hand in hand with plants. That is why, Jurong Bird Park recognises the need to understand plants in order to better understand the natural surroundings of birds. To this end, the Park employs staff who are as knowledgeable about plants as they are about birds. Just hang around outside their spacious and heavily forested aviaries, and you might start hearing a cacophony of hornbill honks – that's a sure sign that they've spotted you hanging around! In an area of over 2,000 square-metres, you will find the largest collection of Southeast Asian Hornbills in the world, as well as a wide variety of South American Toucans.
Playful Toucans: Famous for its oversized and colourful bill, the South American Toucan is often seen tossing fruits into the air. This iconic-looking bird is also popular commercial mascot for famous brands such as cereals and other products. Award-winning Hornbill Conservation. The destruction of tropical rainforests has led to the decline in the hornbill population. With this, Jurong Bird Park has initiated a programme to breed these rare and endangered birds in captivity to ensure their continued survival. Each aviary offers a conducive environment for them to breed, while allowing them to display their natural behaviour. These monogamous birds are known for their deep faithfulness towards each other. While the female nests in a sealed crevice, the male goes in search for food. It is known that the loyal female will accept food from no one other than her partner, even at the brink of starvation!
Jurong Bird Park has experienced considerable success in breeding some of the species and has recorded the world's first successful hatching of the Black Hornbill, Southern Pied Hornbill and Great Indian Hornbill. The Park is currently involved in the Oriental Pied Hornbill Conservation Project in Singapore at Pulau Ubin island and the Park itself. For this effort, the Park has won the Conservation Category award for the IV International Symposium on Breeding Birds in Captivity (ISBBC) Conservation & Research Award in September 2007 in Toronto, Canada. Hornbill Chitchat: Meet the keepers and see the hornbill face-to-face at one of our feeding sessions, 11.45am daily (weather permitting).
Take flight into the rich tropical rainforests of South America at Jungle Jewels. Walk through the 14-metre high intimate aviary of cascading water and lush vegetation, and spot the small and brilliantly coloured winged natives of the most species-rich regions of the world. Gems Of The Wild: At the entrance, meet the spritely and beautiful Toucan as it welcomes you into the aviary. Then enter and look high into the treetops where you will see the bright colours of the Tanagers and Contingas – that feed on fruit, seeds, nectar, flower parts and even insects. Like precious gems, these birds along with the Violaceous Euphonia, Red-crested Cardinal and Yellow-hooded Blackbird add to the wondrous flying colours of the wild. Say g'day to some of the friendliest birds at the Park! In the world's largest Lory flight aviary, you'll see bright colours of red, yellow, green and blue fluttering above your heads, and around you.
And if you're lucky, you might even have some of them perch on you while you stroll around the Australian outback-themed 3,000 square-metre aviary! Feed The Lories: With a 125-year old Bottle tree at the entrance, the sprawling 9-storey high aviary features a magnificent 360-degree elevated view of the landscape. This is also where you will have the unique opportunity to participate in Lory Feeding. These gregarious, and exceptionally bold birds are a sight to behold. And because they are so forthcoming, the Lory Loft makes for great photographs. Best Time To Visi: See the Lories and Lorikeets at their best, and friendliest, during the cooler parts of the day – in the mornings or late afternoons. And if you fancy a nice cup of gourmet coffee and some snacks, visit the Lory Loft Café.
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. Acrobird-tic Stunts: You can tell a parrot by its short, hooked bills and incurved mandibles (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. Catch our chatty beauties putting up a great show daily at our Lunch with the Parrots programme. Never judge a bird by its beak, especially if it's a pelican. Large, and heavy-looking with its elongated bill, the pelican by logic – ought to be a clumsy bird. But it is far from that. It is really a nimble fisher, strong flier and excellent swimmer thanks to its large, webbed feet that help with propulsion and steering.
World's first underwater viewing gallery: Jurong Bird Park proudly presents the world's most complete collection of pelicans with all 8 species at Pelican Cove, as well as the largest of the pelicans, the endangered Dalmatian Pelican weighing between 11kg and 15kg. Other species include the Great White, Gull and Australian Pelicans. See them in action as they make their dramatic underwater swoops for fish at the world's first underwater viewing gallery for Pelicans. Then stroll along the boardwalk for an upclose view of the birds. Pelican Chitchat & Feeding. Watch the different fishing techniques utilised by these master fishers at one of our feeding sessions at the underwater viewing gallery at 2pm daily. You too, can get the chance to feed the pelicans after the demonstrations are over! 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, learn more about these fascinating birds including their breeding and feeding behaviours. 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. Penguin Feeding. Catch the penguins at our feeding sessions, 10.30am and 3.30pm daily at both the outdoor and indoor enclosures.
Dive, waddle, and glide: Get an intimate underwater view of our aquatic birds, freshwater fish and turtles in this 11-metre 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. Relax in the 24-seater gallery and observe the diving birds in action. Royal Ramble: These pigeons are so large, that they have often been mistaken for chickens and turkeys! Aptly named for its residents' "noble" bearings and "rambling" style of walking, Royal Ramble houses 3 species of the world's largest, and most handsome, pigeons – the Common Crowned Pigeon, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon and the Scheepmaker's Crowned Pigeon in 3 separate aviaries.
The Coo-lest Courtship Dance: View the birds in its full glory – with their lacy crowns and elaborate plumage – as they ramble on the ground or roost in the treetops. Rather than coo like most pigeons do, the loud sound of a male Crowned Pigeon when it sings sounds more like a low 'boom boom'. And if the time is right, you could catch the Crowned Pigeons' famed courtship dance as the male bows his head, makes tail movements, and bobs up and down in front of the female. An Authentic Environment: The Park prides itself in creating a superb simulation of the Crowned Pigeons' natural habitat to make the environment conducive for successful breeding. All vegetation within the exhibit are largely common flora to Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya, with woven baskets planted on trees and low branches to aid the birds in nesting. As a result, about half of its population in Royal Ramble was bred in Jurong Bird Park. In the wild, the species is endangered due to habitat loss and excessive hunting, for its meat, feathers and lacy crests. Their habit of landing openly on perches leave them susceptible to illegal shooting and poaching despite legal protection.
Swan Lake: Waltz around the tranquil Swan Lake and admire the beauty of these graceful water birds. Stop over at the observation deck and watch the Black-necked Swan, Black Swan and the Mute Swan, roost, fish, bathe and swim to the water's edge in close proximity. Fast Fliers: While famous for its grace, swans are the largest-known flying birds with impressive flight speeds of 80 to 96km/h. They are vegetarians, and they feed on a wide variety of water plants. Both parents have a shared responsibility of caring for their young. And true to the children's tale, baby swans known as 'cygnets' go through the 'ugly duckling' phase before turning into its exquisite adult self! Waterfall Aviary: The Waterfall Aviary adventure is an immersive 13 stories high and 2 hectares wide experience right from the start , home to an enigmatic realm of over 600 free-flying birds.
A Rainforest Shangri-La: As you walk through the rainforest paths and along the mangrove swamps, look out for the birds as they chirp up in the trees and feed at their feeding posts. Among the species are the iridescent Starlings, the Turacos, Rollers, Common Hoopoe, Parrots, Yellow-billed Stork as well as the elusive Crested Guinea Fowls. Don't miss a beautiful photograph opportunity along the wheelchair-friendly suspension bridge with a 30-metre high waterfall as the backdrop. The sound of cascading waters adds to the enchanting atmosphere as you soak in the verdant views below. It is worth the short hike up to the Hut to catch a picturesque view of the falls, and some of the birds that prefer to perch way at the highest branches.
Catch the Birds At Feeding Time: To maximise your opportunity of seeing many of these birds up close, don't miss our feeding sessions that happen here daily at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Stop by the Wetlands Exhibit and spend some quiet time bird-watching from the viewing gallery designed to simulate an observation hide. First to catch your eyes will surely be the stunning scarlet ibis with bright red plumage. This South American feathered jewel maintains its plumage colour by eating algae and crustaceans. Look out for the attractive roseate spoonbill, named for its unique spoon-shaped bill. Watch it sweep its sensitive bill from side to side in the water to snag crustaceans, insects and small fish. Next, challenge yourself to spot as many other wetland bird species as you can – magpie geese, Mandarin ducks, night herons, wood ducks, hammerkop and more.
Apart from being home to a fascinating variety of birds, fish and other wildlife, wetlands are also important stopovers for migratory birds. They serve as 'gas stations’ and 'hotels’ for migratory species to top up 'fuel’ and recharge before continuing their journeys. Wetlands are vital for providing clean water to urban areas! They improve water quality by trapping harmful pollutants in sediment and absorbing excess nutrients. Sadly, wetlands around the world are threatened by pollution, conversion for aquaculture and other developments. The Wetlands Exhibit at Jurong Bird Park aims to showcase the diverse bird life as well as create awareness of the importance of wetland ecosystems and how we can take action to protect them.
Look through the "window" into the wonderful world of the exotic Birds of Paradise from a 40-metre long tree-top level walkway. This 2-level exhibit offers an unobstructed view into the lives of these sensitive birds, which can be found hiding in the tree tops or skulking in the undergrowth. Courtship Pageant: While these birds look like divas with their dramatic plumes, elongated feathers and iridescent colours, they are really shy and secretive birds. Between them, however, these natives of Irian Jaya and Papua New Guinea are well known for their flamboyant courtship rituals, put on by the males of the species. With accentuated ornaments, the males all stand in a row and almost in unison, put on an elaborate dance and a phenomenal show for the females. Like a beauty pageant, the female then selects the male that most impresses her to be her mate. Such displays can last for hours, and if you're lucky, you may be privy to such a show!
Award-winning Flamboyance: As a result of its superb simulation of the birds' natural habitat and its conducive environment, Window on Paradise has seen the successful breeding for the 12-Wired Bird of Paradise. The first recorded case of captive breeding for these birds in the world, Jurong Bird Park was presented the First Breeders Award in 2001 by the American Pheasant & Waterfowl Society. Home to the region’s most exotic and endangered birds, take a walk into this free flight aviary and admire one of the largest collections of Asian birds. Endangered and Exotic: The Aviary is also home to the critically endangered Bali Mynah, where less than 200 are estimated to be left in the wild. In its efforts to conserve the species, off-exhibit aviaries were set up to breed these birds. Since the captive breeding programme started in 1989, the Park has successfully bred several of these rare birds. Some of these birds have also been returned and reintroduced to their native homes to ensure the survival of such precious wildlife.
Enter the darkness of night, in broad daylight at the World of Darkness, Asia's first nocturnal house. Walk through the star-lit jungle and meet our elusive friends, the owl as they go about their normal behaviours under the moonlit 'night'. It's A Hoot! Peer into the world of the beautiful and popular Snowy Owl, Malay Fish Owl, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Barn Owl, Great Grey Owl and Boobook Owl. With binocular vision and exceptional hearing, these raptors of the night are highly specialised predators who almost never miss their prey. Nocturnal Neighbours: Together with the owls, other nocturnal feeders like the Black Crown Heron and Bush Stone Curlew can be found here as well. Catch our owl superstars in action at the Kings of the Skies show.
Splash in and get wild and wonderfully wet in this fun wonderland for families with kids of all ages. But it’s not just about getting wet. This bird-themed playground offers both wet and dry play zones as well as a multi-purpose pavilion and a games room for toddlers and older kids. With a sheltered rest area, a retail outlet and a Birdz of Play Café Shop, there's always something for everyone. As Cool As A Flamingo: Toddlers and kids can wade into the shallow pool for hours of fun with the water sprays and slides or flap over to the dry area to play with see-saws and swings. Wet, Wet and Oh So Wild! Older kids from 5 to 12 can expect a much wilder time as they try to outdo each other in a squirt ‘fight’ or wait under the giant tipping bucket for the ultimate soak experience! Kids simply love it. At the dry play area, kids can soar like a bird with the Flying Fox, or put their strength to the test with the Disc Challenge.
Snack, Shop & Relax: Mums, dads and everyone else who need a little time-out can chill out at the multi-purpose pavilion. Dig in to an ice-cold treat of Birdz of Play Café ice cream, or take home some gifts from the Birdz & Wormz shop. We’ve even got gears that the kids may need for their playtime at the wet and dry play areas. Bird Discovery Centre: Lead your little ones to the Bird Discovery Centre and they’ll come out an avian expert. Here they get to see, touch and discover for themselves everything they’ve always wanted to know, or perhaps never even thought to ask, about birds. See a replica of the 2.6-metre skeleton of what used to be the second largest bird in the world. And don’t miss the tiniest, right next to it! How do feathers help a bird fly, and how are they exactly practical for birds?
Green Eggs and More: Stroll through 12 sections of the living classroom and discover an entire flock of amazing avian facts. See our egg-cellent egg collection from more than 250 bird species. You probably know that they come in different sizes. But have you ever seen a green or a blue egg? Here you can. Interactive Educational Sessions For Groups. Open to one and all, the Bird Discovery Centre flies the extra mile to offer interactive and educational tours, camps and classroom sessions to school groups.
Lory Feeding: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk into a centre of a rainbow? Our Lory Feeding experience comes close. As you step into the world’s largest Lory Flight aviary, you’ll be immersed in the spectacular, high-flying world of our Lories and Lorikeets. Arm yourself with a cup of nectar and within a second or two, you’ll be the popular attraction to some of the friendliest birds you have ever met. Yes, in all colours of the rainbow! Chat with our gregarious birds as they perch on your hands and shoulders while helping themselves to the delicious nectar you are holding. Admire their bold and colourful feathers as they rest along the railings of the bridges. When they take flight in unison, watch overhead for a wonderful cacophony of colours in flight.
Have the lories literally eating out of your hands as you scale our two-tiered central feeding tower. Take a walk on our suspension bridges and get a bird’s eye view of the entire enclosure. Watch out for birds nesting in the trees and see if you can spot our spectacular peacocks ambling about like royalty on the grounds below. The Lory Feeding experience at Jurong Bird Park is a signature event, not to be missed. The Safari Gate offers regular transfers to the Jurong Bird Park from the City. Your journey to the wild can now begin from Suntec City or Singapore Flyer.
2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
Open hours: 08:30 - 18:00
Panorail: 09:00 - 17:00
Shop: 10:00 - 18:00.