Photos by MJ Klein
A few hundred meters from the Flower Market is Hong Kong’s famous Yuen Po Street Bird Garden. You walk around the corner to the left….
…. and as you round the corner you are met with an amazing sound of hundreds of happy birds, all singing their own songs. I took a few videos at that time but I haven’t edited or uploaded them to a host site. But I will tell you that the sound is amazing.
These handmade wooden birdcages are beautiful. The only trouble is, most of them are unsuitable for bird keeping because they are too small. Remember, the minimum size of your birdcage is determined by the bird’s wing span. Your bird should be able to flap it’s wings and not touch anything inside the cage. Hundreds of thousands of birds are kept in these too-small cages unfortunately.
So you might be asking, “Can you buy birds or just cages?” The answer is “Yes!” and the variety is impressive. I saw Eclectus parrots, finches, cockatoos, and as seen in the bottom just right of center, my favorite parrot species, the Blue Fronted Amazon – plus many other species.
People bring their birds to the bird garden to socialize with other birds while their owners socialize. It’s quite relaxing to be surrounded by such beautiful, peaceful creatures.
Just down the street from the Bird Garden is one of the coolest street markets in the world.