Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden is a unique 2 hectare dome situated in the popular Garden Route. This world class free flight bird sanctuary spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. This sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall and features its very own amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 guests.

Opening in 2005, the decision to develop a sanctuary of such stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds as well as enabling bird owners to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation.

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In 2010 the species count at Birds of Eden was 220 and comprised of over 3 000 birds. The bird inhabitants of the aviary include a mixture of exotic and African birds. All new birds to the sanctuary go through a process of rehabilitation before they enter the main aviary. The main rehabilitation process involves socialisation with other birds in large outdoor pre-release aviaries as well as building up of flight muscles and learning flight control.

The winning factor of the aviary has to be its size. The volume of the sanctuary allows the creation of habitat niches for the large variety of species that find sanctuary here.

Birds found in this habitat here are either ground living or arboreal and very shy. These species include the Golden Pheasants, the shy white starred robin, terrestrial Bulbils and bearded barbets and naturally found in the canopy, the shy but colourful Tauraco, recognizable by their red flight feathers.

As you move away from the forest floor and towards the canopy, the dissonance of sounds becomes apparent and tells of abundant birdlife. In this part of the forest, the Channel Billed toucan, the Black necked and Green Aracaris as well as Inca Jays are certainly memorable when spotted.

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Black necked Aracaris

You will then be lead to the forest deck area where you can view numerous parrot species. It is here where you will be able to spot Blue, Gold and Green Wing Macaws as well as the local Ringnecks, Parakeets and lorikeets.

Green-winged Macaw next to a Blue-and-gold Macaw

Green-winged Macaw next to a Blue-and-gold Macaw

The exit of the forest marks the beginning of a completely new habitat, namely that of the grasslands, marsh and woodlands, and of course the multiple waterways that traverse through the grounds. Some of the species you will see here are the Scarlet ibis, flamingos, spoonbills and cranes.

The lawn area provides the ideal base for the resting and feeding of the many waterfowl, whilst the sparser trees are home to the hornbill and various species of weavers.

After a day exploring the forests and numerous beautiful exotic and African birds, enjoy a snack at the onsite restaurant – ideal for reminiscing on the venture you just had.

 

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