In this post(part 2 of my travel to Edward Youde Aviary-see part 1 here) I will focus on the different birds I saw while visiting the Aviary- and not just the Bali Myna. Luckily, there are quite a few to talk about and plenty of good pictures because many of the birds were quite photogenic!
To start, here are some illustrated bulletin boards with the bird species listed that were at the park.
They turned out to be pretty helpful! I didn’t see all of the birds on these two boards, but there were other boards in the park, as well, and I would say that I saw most of the species of birds at the park. Most of the birds I have photographs of, however, are the many dove species at the park, because they tended to sit still and let me photograph them!
The first species I saw at the park was, excitingly, one of the birds on my “Birds I Would Love to See” list- the Emerald Dove! These birds tended to stay in one place, puffed up on a perch, and coo softly. I saw 3 while I was here, 2 of which I had to do some searching for once I heard them.
Next, I took a few steps, looking around, and came face to face with a likewise puffed-up Zebra Dove! It was completely unafraid of me as I approached and let me take as many photos as I wanted. When I left, I think it was still right where I found it.
Next, I spotted a pair of Purple-Tailed Imperial Pigeons resting and grooming each other on a branch. They were so sweet to watch! In my photo, the one on the left is grooming the one on the right. Originally, I thought these birds were merely “Imperial Pigeons-” turns out, “Imperial Pigeons” are an entire family, consisting of over 20 species that look entirely different from one another. The one trait that ties them all together is their size- some of the Imperial Pigeon species at the aviary were the size of roosters and geese! These were a little smaller, each about the size of a hen, which is still pretty large for a pigeon! One impressive feature I noticed(that was also a little creepy looking!) was their dark red eyes. Combined with bright green wings, a dark pumpkin chest, and a lavender head, the birds are very striking and lovely to see!
Purple-tailed Imperial Pigeons
Next, I walked down the platform and observed the Mynas for a while(described in my previous post), and then ran into yet another very unafraid pigeon-a Crested Pigeon, to be exact! This has to be the most photogenic bird I’ve ever met, other than my cockatiel.
This bird was great! It didn’t move an inch when I was photographing it, and when I was done, lots of other people came to take photos, too!
Here are two other birds I saw on my way out. I’m not sure what the first one is; it was hard to identify it from the sign. The second one is, of course, another Zebra Dove.
In conclusion, this is the best aviary I’ve ever been to. There were plenty of birds to see, and none of them seemed to have any fear of humans. If you love birds, go visit, and enjoy!