The central walk-in aviary, featuring a dazzling variety of free-flying birds, lies under a series of A-framed structures. Tucked away below these A-frames are individual aviaries housing the more delicate birds.
Previously known as the Southeast Asian Birds, the exhibit underwent a three-month makeover which saw the expansion of its smaller aviaries and refreshed educational displays. An overhaul of the aviary mesh has also improved the visibility of the birds.
Renamed Wings of Asia, this 2,600m2 exhibit is home to one of the world’s most comprehensive and admired collections of Asian birds and aims to inspire visitors to appreciate, understand and protect Asia’s winged wonders.
11 of the 24 threatened species are new additions to the collection, out of which five are being displayed for the first time at the park. These include the Javan green magpie, rufous-fronted laughing thrush and racquet-tailed parrot.
Testimony to our expertise in breeding and conservation, two pairs of Luzon bleeding heart doves arrived in Jurong Bird Park in 2012 as part of a collaborative breeding and repopulation programme with Avilon Zoo and the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). It was the first time the birds were being bred out of the Philippines and the first time a species endemic to the Philippines was to be conserved ex-situ within the ASEAN region.
The birds were housed in an off-site aviary with little human contact and given a specialised, protein-rich diet during the breeding season. Our approach proved effective. In just two years, we bred a total of 10 doves. They were flown ‘home’ to the Philippines and released in the wild on Polillo Island to rejuvenate the population there. We hope the success and knowledge gained on this project will mark the start of more regional conservation partnerships.
Once widespread throughout Java, the black-winged myna is on the critically endangered list. The current population of black-winged mynas in the wild is so small, it will be practically impossible for them to bounce back without help.
Approximately 60 experts from all over the world came for the second Asian Songbird Trade Crisis Summit at Jurong Bird Park, Singapore. Organised by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, the summit discussed the implementation of the conservation strategy for the endangered songbirds.