A worldly collection of birds at the Monte Casino Bird Gardens

The Montecasino Bird Gardens have been open for a while yet I have never visited them – it could have something to do with my slight fear of birds. Nonetheless I finally made it to the gardens last weekend, and am extremely glad that I finally went.

The gardens have the most amazing collection of birds from all over the world. Most of them are the more exotic kind, straying away from the usual pigeons and budgies. They have parrots, parakeets, owls, birds of prey and even South Africa’s national bird – the blue crane.

Not only do they have this awesome collection of birds but also a few mammals, reptiles and some unusual animals from around the world. You will meet meercats, small monkeys, small antelope, snakes, spiders, frogs, lizards and even a lazy sloth.

Twice a day they hold a bird show called Flight of the Fantasy, which is an extremely educational and interesting show of a few of their birds that they have managed to train. I had no idea that you could train birds so well. The show is quite cheesy as it is aimed at the children, but still fun to watch even if you are over the age of 10.

There is then a walk through Aviary – which I was least keen on but managed to walk through without any birds flying at my head. The Aviary has over 60 species of birds including Scarlet Ibises, Royal Starlings and Nicobar pigeons, reptiles and small mammals, with smaller antelope wandering freely on the ground.

This bird landed on a childs head during the show

Hmmmm, I think I’ll just sit here for a bit

Appearing from the tower during the show

Appearing from the tower during the show

The African Ground Hornbill in flight.

The African Ground Hornbill in flight.

South Africa's national bird the Blue Crane looking ever so elegant.

South Africa’s national bird the Blue Crane looking ever so elegant.

The mascot of the Monte Bird Gardens - the Toucan. The Toucan is not big on flying, they prefer to hop from branch to branch - or in this case railing to windowsill.

The mascot of the Monte Bird Gardens – the Toucan. The Toucan is not big on flying, they prefer to hop from branch to branch – or in this case railing to windowsill.

This Pelican had quite a sense of humour skiing through the small pond.

This Pelican had quite a sense of humour skiing through the small pond.

Spotted Eagle Owl - those eyes feel like they can look into your soul.

Spotted Eagle Owl – those eyes feel like they can look into your soul.

Pretty

Pretty

Yikes - if looks could kill.

Yikes – if looks could kill.

These Meercats were munching away on chickens - not the most enjoyable thing I've seen.

These Meercats were munching away on chickens – not the most enjoyable thing I’ve seen.

There were two small Antelopes in the Aviary amongst all the birds. Quite cute little fela's.

There were two small Antelopes in the Aviary amongst all the birds. Quite cute little fela’s.

Scarlet Ibise showing off his wingspan

Scarlet Ibise showing off his wingspan

I can't remember this birds actual name - so he will be called Afro Bird.

I can’t remember this birds actual name – so he will be called Afro Bird.

Got a bit of an itch back there.

Got a bit of an itch back there.

This White Cockatoo found something very interesting in the bark of this tree

This White Cockatoo found something very interesting in the bark of this tree

There were even a few lizards

There were even a few lizards

I'm sorry to say but this was the least attractive bird amongst the other beauties.

I’m sorry to say but this was the least attractive bird amongst the other beauties.

Pretty pink Flamingoes gathered around their pond.

Pretty pink Flamingoes gathered around their pond.

Mr. Peacock showing off what he's got.

Mr. Peacock showing off what he’s got.

Hellooooo

Hellooooo

Monte Bird Gardens is very big on conservation. You can donate money which goes into helping conserve some of the endangered birds in South Africa.

Monte Bird Gardens is very big on conservation. You can donate money which goes into helping conserve some of the endangered birds in South Africa.

 

Montecasino Bird Gardens is at Monte Casino in Fourways – corner of William Nicol and Witkoppen.

Open times: 8:30 – 17:00 daily

Flight of the Fantasy show times: Monday – Friday: 11:00 and 15:00, Weekends & Public Holidays: 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00

Price: R45 for Adults, R25 for children and pensioners, free for children under the age of 2.

Contact details: Tel:+27 (0) 11 5111864
Email: mbirds@mweb.co.za

 

 

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