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Jan 28, 2015

Largest aviary in Asia

                                                                                               ( Pierre/Biosphoto)
The new Wings of Asia aviary in Singapore includes birds such as the threatened Luzon Bleeding-heart Dove.                                               
The aviary at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park, previously known as the Southeast Asian Birds Aviary, recently underwent a major makeover that includes an expansion of existing aviaries and updated educational displays.   The rejuvenated and expanded facility is now known as the Wings of Asia aviary.   The 2,600 square-metre aviary will host about 500 birds from 135 species including some of Asia's rarest birds and featuring 24 threatened species such as the Luzon Bleeding-heart Dove (pictured above).   Eleven of the 24 threatened species are new additions, with five being displayed for the first time in the park. These include the Javan Green Magpie, the Rufous-fronted Laughing Thrush, and the Racquet-tailed Parrot.   Through conservation breeding, the park hopes to maintain and safeguard a sustainable population of threatened birds and eventually introduce selected species back into the wild, in their native lands.   Opened 44 years ago, Jurong Bird Park is Asia's largest bird park; a haven for 5,000 birds representing 400 species, which sees 800,000 visitors a year.
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