Visit of Birdworld Kuranda – an amazing Australian bird park

December 21st, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
Visit of Birdworld Kuranda – an amazing Australian bird park

A bird sanctuary is  a place where neglected parrot pets or confiscated birds are taken.  It’s necessary to have such facility in every country otherwise all abandoned parrots would have to be euthanized. Similar role may play also a public ZOO. Sanctuaries are very common in USA or Australia.

Especially in USA, large amount of neglected parrots became a serious problem and local facilitied are full of such birds. In Europe parrot pets are not so popular and that’s why we don’t need so many sanctuaries. On the other hand, I believe that there are more confiscated parrots in European countries and authorities related to CITES mostly place them to public ZOOs here.



In August, ParrotsDailyNews team visited a great sanctuary in Australia – Birdworld Kuranda. In comparison with other ZOOs and bird parks in the country we noticed more exotic parrot species there. Besides native Australian species we had seen there also a few conure species like Green-cheek Conure (Pyrrhura molinae) or Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis) and exotic lory species – Chattering Lory (Lorius garrulus) and Dusky Lory (Pseudeos fuscata).

Most of parrots in Birdworld Kuranda are kept in one large aviary of a few ares size. The aviary is walk through and that’s why visitors can go inside and be in physical contact with all birds. Some of parrots are very tame and often sit on heads or shoulders of the visitors. In front of the main door there was a sign which warned us to hide all sparkling objects which may provoke parrots to steal them.



Birdworld Kuranda (c) Lubomir Tomiska


Birdworld Kuranda (c) Lubomir Tomiska


Birdworld Kuranda (c) Lubomir Tomiska


Nanday Conure (Aratinga nenday) (c) Lubomir Tomiska


Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis)


Chattering Lory (Lorius garrulus) (c) Lubomir Tomiska


To see interaction of all – native and exotic parrot species is very interesting experience. For me personally, it was the first time when I saw Red-tailed Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii) together with Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao) in one aviary. Obviously, all bird lived there in harmony without any signs of aggression. I guess that big size of an aviary was the reason why birds didn’t fight there.

Birdworld Kuranda was established in 1980 and is located in North Queensland near to Cairns. The price for adult tickets is 18 AUD and for child tickets 9 AUD.



Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Birdworld Kuranda (c) Lubomir Tomiska


Interacting Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) and Red-tailed Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii), Birdworld Kuranda (c) Lubomir Tomiska


Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis), Birdworld Kuranda (c) Lubomir Tomiska


Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri) Birdworld Kuranda (c) Lubomir Tomiska


Title photo: (c) Lubomir Tomiska


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