Tranquil, lush, well-planned, the KL Bird Park and surrounding green space is a beautiful respite from the concrete and traffic in Kuala Lumpur. The bird park claims to be the world's largest walk-in aviary and is home to thousands of colorful birds from nearly 60 species.
Queen Tuanku Bainun officially opened the 21-acre bird park in 1991 and it instantly became a source of local pride in Kuala Lumpur. Now over 200,000 people a year come to see the miniature rainforest, a bastion of tranquility protected from the whirl of a busy city. President Clinton paid the bird park a brief but enjoyable visit in 2008.
Highly respected within the world community, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is more than just a tourist attraction; biologists and researchers use the bird park to aid in conservation by monitoring nesting patterns and behavior.
Some other attractions inside of the Lake Gardens district include an enclosed deer park, outdoor sculptures including a miniature Stonehenge replica, the national planetarium, an orchid and hibiscus garden, and a butterfly park. Most are free to the public!
The KL Bird Park
More than 15,000 plants inside the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park — known locally as the taman burung — strategically mimic a rain forest, allowing birds to fly and breed naturally rather than in cages. A net covers the giant complex allowing birds to move about freely as people walk through the aviary. Butterflies, monkeys, reptiles, and other tropical fauna compliments the experience.
The KL Bird Park is carved into four zones:
- Zone 1 and 2 are a free-flight area where birds may interact and roam about as they wish.
- Zone 3 is designated as the hornbill park.
- Zone 4 contains some caged birds, special breeding areas, and an amphitheater where two daily shows take place.
Daily Feeding Times
Feeding times provide the best photo opportunities for many species that stay hidden or high in the forest canopy during the day.
- Free-flight Birds: 10:30 a.m.
- Hornbill Park: 11:30 a.m.
- World of Parrots: 12:00 p.m.
- WaterFall Aviary: 4 p.m.
- Brahminy Land: 2:30 p.m.
A bird show is held every day at 12:30 p.m. And 3:30 p.m. at the zone 4 amphitheaters. A restaurant, cafe, photo booth, and two gift shops are located within the bird park.
Getting to the KL Bird Park
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is located behind the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station just southwest of Chinatown, a short walk from Jalan Cheng Lock. The National Mosque and Central Market are within close proximity.
By bus: RapidKL buses B115, B101, or B112 all stop within a 5-minute walk of the bird park. Any bus advertising "Masjid Negara" or the National Mosque will stop within close proximity of Perdana Lake Gardens.
The double-decker, hop-on-hop-off bus also frequents the bird park in 45-minute intervals.
By train: The KTM Kommuter train stops at KTM Old Railway Kuala Lumpur station near the National Mosque — only a 5-minute walk from the KL Bird Park.
Street address: 920 Jalan Cenderawasih Taman Tasik Perdana 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Also Inside the Perdana Lake Gardens Area
Many other enjoyable attractions share green space with the KL Bird Park. An entire afternoon could be devoted to wandering between pleasant parks and interesting sites inside the Perdana Lake Gardens.
- Kl National Planetarium: Low-cost shows and changing exhibits about the Malaysian space program.
- Hibiscus and orchid gardens: Free, landscaped gardens with water, benches, and many species of tropical flowers.
- Butterfly Park: Tourists pay RM 18 (about $5.50) to see 120 different species of butterflies living in a lush garden.
- KL Deer Park: Free to the public, the KL Deer Park is home to the tiny mouse deer.
- Masjid Negara: Considered one of the most impressive mosques in Malaysia, Masjid Negara is open to tourists; proper dress required.