Umgeni River Bird Park Durban South Africa

Harlequin Macaw
Cape Parrot
Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Umgeni Park and River

This week I discovered one of Durban’s hidden treasures, Umgeni Bird Park. The beautiful park is near the Umgeni River and has open walk-through aviaries with birds on perches, wonderful green vegetation, waterfalls, and rock faces. Umgeni emphasizes conservation and education.

Endangered Mabula Ground Hornbill
Mute Swan
Critically Endangered Wattled Crane
Lady Amherst Pheasant

Bird Show

The Free Flight Bird Show features “critically endangered and endangered species. The Wattled Crane, owls, storks, hornbills, and Cape Vulture appear in glorious free, unrestricted flight doing what they do in the wild”.

South African Crowned Crane
Dr. Alan Abrey

The Park was designed and built by Dr. Alan Abrey. Its location is in a river quarry Abrey visited as a boy growing up in Durban. “Umgeni River Bird Park opened in April 1984, after a year of extensive land filling, landscaping, and aviary construction.”

South African Blue Heron

“The park is situated on 9 acres of lush tropical landscaping and houses an ever-increasing collection of more than 800 birds from 200 species. Some species are endemic to South Africa, other birds are the only representatives of their kind in Africa, and some, like the parakeet, are common house pets.”

Sun Parakeet

It was an informative afternoon. The birds were fun, very vocal, and cooperative posing for photos. When it’s feeding time, you need ear plugs!

African Green Pigeon Paolo Giovanni Cortelazzo
African Green Pigeon – Paolo Giovanni Cortelazzo
Scarlet Ibis
Laughing Kookaburra

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