June 7, 2010

Exotic, colourful birds of KL Bird Park at Ikano Power Centre, PJ

It is the second time Ikano Power Centre, a shopping mall in Mutiara Damasara, Petaling Jaya, has organised a mini KL Bird Park where its main concourse on the ground floor is turned into a mini free-flight walk-in aviary.

Entitled “Bird Park II”, the KL Bird Park returns at Ikano with more colourful birds this time around. Held from June 4 – 20, 2010 in conjunction with the 2-week school holidays, the mini KL Bird Park @ Ikano is attracting big crowd since its opening to the public free of charge.

Information such as the size of the bird, its distribution, habitat and diet are listed to educate visitors about the different species of the birds on show.
It is a great place to bring the children to see the different exotic and colourful birds up close. These birds are very gentle and so they are very safe for children to be around. You can watch the birds fly overhead but beware also of the threat of these birds defecating overhead!

Some of the birds are caged for their safety and to prevent them from flying away and never return. But not to worry as the cages are large enough to allow the birds to easily fly within it. The only problem is that visitors may it more difficult to view and photograph the birds.
The campaign which is a joint collaboration between Ikano Power Centre and KL Bird Park was first held last year during the school holidays from 30th May – 14th June, 2009.

Various activities for children are held such as "Count the Eggs", Ring Toss" and "Water Colouring". Visitors can purchase tickets to KL Bird Park at a discounted price.

Mai Tomyam was able to see and took photos of some of the birds in close proximity.

The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is originally from Africa. It often looks like it is hunched over. It feeds on a wide range of insects especially grasshoppers, crickets, flies, moths, spiders, frogs and earthworms.

The Indian Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) is a large and brightly coloured pheasant native to South Asia. They are omnivorous and eat most plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, insects and other arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians.

The Golden Pheasant or "Chinese Pheasant", (Chrysolophus pictus) is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China. They tend to eat berries, grubs, seeds and other types of vegetation.

The Rufous-bellied eagle (Hieraaetus kienerii formosus) is a bird of prey and feeds mainly on birds and mammals. A typical aerial hunter, it takes its prey on or near the ground or on treetops, usually after a spectacular swoop. xx x

The rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) is a large bird found in South-east Asia including Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, and Java. For some Dayak people, the rhinoceros hornbill represents their war god.

The Citron-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata) is distributed and endemic in Indonesia. The diet consists mainly of seeds, buds, fruits, nuts and herbaceous plants.

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) is found in wooded habitats in Australia and New Guinea.

The rose-breasted cockatoo (Eolophus roseicapillus) is very playful and interactive with its owner.

The wreathed hornbill (Aceros undulatus) is a large (4-8 pounds) black bird with a yellowish tail, red eyes, and a long, thick beak topped with a small 'wreathed' casque with up to 9 ridges. This hornbill is found in tropical forests from East India to Southwest China, Southeast Asia, Java and Bali. It eats fruit, insects and small animals.

The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl and is also referred to as Common Barn. Its diet consists mainly (98%) of rats.

The baby chicks and ducklings are so adorable, cute and fuzzy.

Visitors get close-up views of the birds in the mini aviary.

For a fee, you can have your instant picture taken with the feather-ruffling friends at the photo booth.

Children are excited to touch and feel the large bird eggs.

(From left): Emu egg, Ostrich egg and Southern Cassowary egg. The Ostrich egg (centre) is the largest egg in the world. Unlike a chicken egg, an Ostrich egg is really tough. The shell is about 1/8th inch thick.and can weigh up to five pounds. One Ostrich egg is equivalent to twenty-four chicken eggs.

Children have fun learning about birds and nature at water colouring.

The lovely Brigette Liberty Yu is the host of the event.

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