Awesome Aviaries

The Shukavana bird home in Mysuru, India.

The Shukavana bird home has recently set a record for the most bird species in an aviary. The free-flight aviary has approximately 2,100 birds of 468 different species.

His Holiness Dr. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji created Shukavana to preserve endangered species of birds. Next to the aviary is an avian hospital, where Dr Swamiji and his team of volunteers treat injured, sick and abandoned birds. Sri Swamiji has an incredible relationship with the birds and has trained many of them to talk and interact with visitors.

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The Birds of Mura Mura Aviary at the Pairi Daiza Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Belgium.

The large outdoor aviary of Mura Mura is a faithful reproduction of the natural environment of the budgerigar.

In the arid and sub-arid regions of Australia, budgies travel together in groups of up to 4,000 birds. Wandering swarms follow the rain as the desert briefly blooms. Grass germinates very quickly to be able to grow new seeds and the grass seeds and fleeting water puddles are exactly what these birds are looking for. Seeing them in flight in the upper areas of the aviary is a truly exotic experience. The birds of the wild variety are all green, and the blue, white, and yellow variants are obtained through mutation during breeding in captivity. Export from Australia is strictly forbidden, but reproduction in captivity is very easy, and as a result the supply surpasses demand. More than 200 bird species inhabit the exterior and interior of the birdhouse. Pink cockatoos, king parrots, cockatiels and more all share the habitat of our parakeets. – from the Pairi Daiza website

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The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The National Aviary is the largest aviary in the country. The aviary is home to over 500 birds representing more than 150 species. Alas, none of them are budgies. Boo.

This independent, aviary provides up-close interaction between visitors and the birds. Some you can hand feed. They provide educational programs, have a breeding program for endangered birds, conduct research and work to save endangered species by preserving natural habitats.So if you find yourself in the Pittsburgh area, make sure to check out the National Aviary! (Even though they don’t have budgies).

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The Villa Borghese Aviary in Rome.

photo by judy h on flickr.

The aviary was built at the start of the 17th century and at one time housed rare birds (such as peacocks, swans and ostriches). The aviary is located in the Villa Borghese Gardens, part of the former private estate of the Borghese Family (and now public park).

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Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.jbp_map-desktop-resolution1This sanctuary has some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world. There are feeding sessions where you can get close to the birds. They also have a breeding and research center which is open to the public. jurong-bird-park-106966_1920There’s a bird themed playground for the kiddies. You can have lunch with the parrots or catch the Kings of the Skies or the High Flyers bird shows. jbpMake sure you add the Jurong Bird Park to your around the world aviary tour!

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Weltvogelpark Walsrode in Germany.vogelpark_2013_final1_kleiner-1024x709The park has over 4,000 birds and 675 different species from every continent and climatic zone in the world. weltvogelpark_gruppen_fuhrungen-3-1024x682They have shows, tours, meet and greets with the birds, lush botanical gardens and even a beer garden.flugshow-5-1024x682You can even adopt (sponsor) a bird. Budgies included!vogelpark-walsrode-wieder-fuer-besucher-geoeffnet_artikelquerphoto: Uwe Zucchi/Archiv

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The Birds of Eden aviary in South Africa. It’s the largest free flight aviary in the world.1280px-Birds_of_Eden-006The aviary is home to about 3500 birds representing more than 200 species (among them are budgies and cockatiels).800px-Birds_of_Eden-003Be they ex-pets, or birds confiscated from zoos or irreputable breeders, most of the birds that arrive at Birds of Eden have a history of being caged in small environments.”GeneralWalkway-laramostert

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We have passes to the zoo. And are finally using them! The San Diego Zoo has some awesome aviaries. 1The Scripps Aviary and the Owens Aviary are the big ones. 2So many types of birds to see.eclectusNot many parrots – but we did see a female eclectus and and African grey.4The zoo also has lots of smaller aviaries throughout. 6We didn’t see any budgies yet, but we haven’t been to all the exhibits. Maybe next time…

Sleepy Flamingos.sleepyPosing Peacock.peacock mamaMama duck and her ducklings. Is there anything more adorable than a duckling? Other than a budgie, that is?duckling“Are you my mother?” This little one came right up to Harry’s shoe.

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