A Paradise for Birds and Bird Lovers
Phuket is blessed with a wonderful bird park and gardens known as Phuket Bird Paradise located on the right-hand side about a kilometer along the Big Buddha Road from the turning off the main Chao Fah West Road. Phuket Bird Paradise occupies a verdant plot of hilly land filled with an abundance of exotic flora, through which the winding paths take you past a broad array of many of our feathered friends.
There are an abundance of brightly colored parrots,parakeets and lorikeets with their dramatically lambent red,green and yellow plumage, as well as a personal favorite having lived in Australia, sulfur-crested cockatoos.A first stop for all of Bird Paradise’s visitors is to have their picture taken while covered in a throng of birds, which the handlers place all over you…. even perched nonchalantly upon your head. The bird handlers are very efficient and seem to be able to command their avian charges to do their bidding no matter what, but the secret is the supply of
sunflower seeds that the handlers keep feeding the birds to reinforce their good behavior!
Now here is this more evident than at the “must-see” Bird Show which Bird Paradise runs in their auditorium. This features absolutely amazing feats of bird training and tricks which will both entertain you and leave you scratching your head as to how the birds actually do such feats of apparent magic.
You are invited up onto the stage to interact with the birds which children and adults alike thoroughly enjoy.I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the park’s famous bird trainer a friendly lady who has worked with avians for many years around Thailand. She told me that it takes about eight months of daily training to teach a new bird the new tricks in the show and that the brightly colored South American parrots are her star pupils.Bird Paradise is a terrific venue for families and for children of course, who can spend much happy time browsing around the many cages looking at the birds, and then stopping at the café to refresh with cool drinks before carrying on with their adventure. Phuket itself is often referred to as a “Paradise Island” andthe huge number of annual visitors and many residents who call it home would
readily agree with this description.
Certainly the island is blessed with tropical climes and lush,abundant trees and vegetation that makes it a paradise not only for humans, but for our feathered friends who are a hugely important part of the island’s attractive environment.I left Phuket Bird Paradise with a spring in my step having been thoroughly entertained and charmed by the birds,the lovely environment and the friendliness of the staff.It’s a wonderful excursion for all, especially families and kiddies who will have an unforgettable time.