New aviary opens at Jurong Bird Park

A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday. The aviary will have more than 300 of the region's rare and endangered birds. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - A new aviary, Wings of Asia, officially opened at Jurong Bird Park on Wednesday.

It will eventually house more than 500 birds across 135 species, including five threatened species that will be on display for the first time.

Among them are the Javan green magpie, the rufous-fronted laughing thrush and racquet-tailed parrot.

The park plans to start a breeding programme for such birds as their population in the wild has declined due to the loss of their habitat and trapping for the cage-bird trade.

In total, there will be 24 threatened species in Wings of Asia.

The new aviary stands on the site of the former South-east Asian Birds Aviary. The area was revamped over three months last year to include better educational displays and the new theme.

Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, was the guest of honour at the event on Wednesday.