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Go wild at new bird park show

Let your feelings fly high as you get entertained by different species of birds.
December 1, 2012
By: Kezia Toh
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Go wild at new bird park show A macaw flying through a hoop held by an audience member and a bird park employee at the High Flyers Show, which was launched yesterday. The show highlights how different bird species survive in the wild. ST -- PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

BIRD lovers are to be given a glimpse of how different species survive in the wild at a new show.

They will get to observe a variety of natural behaviour - from macaws eating clay to help neutralise toxins in their food to great pied hornbills sealing themselves inside trees to lay their eggs.

The High Flyers Show, which was launched yesterday, will take place at Jurong Bird Park. It replaces the Birds n Buddies Show, which has been held since 2006.

Audiences will be able to observe how macaws adapt to their environment by ingesting clay, which helps to neutralise toxins in the unripe palm nuts they eat.

Also on display will be the great pied hornbill - a brightly coloured bird usually found in the forests of India, the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.

The females of the species seal themselves into a tree cavity during the breeding season to lay eggs and raise the chicks.

Meanwhile, the males forage for food and pass it to the females through a slit in the trunk.

These displays will emphasise how deforestation is occurring at an alarming rate and affecting the breeding patterns of hornbills and other birds.

The show was launched with the support of the SPH Foundation, the charitable arm of The Straits Times' parent company, Singapore Press Holdings. Yesterday, the firm's chairman Lee Boon Yang reaffirmed its partnership with Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which runs the park.

"We congratulate Jurong Bird Park on 30 years of great shows and wish them all the best for the new High Flyers Show," he said.

The event takes place every day at 11am and 3pm. There is no extra charge to watch it, but admission to the park is $18 per adult and $12 per child.

KEZIA TOH

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