Here’s what to know about Bird Paradise Singapore (formerly Jurong Bird Park) in Mandai Wildlife Reserve from ticket prices to bird feeding times, animal shows, new glamping with penguins and kids’ playgrounds!
Bird Paradise, home to 3,500 birds across 400 species from loris to pelicans, flamingos, emus, and cassowaries just announced a new offering — glamping with penguins. The new bird park, Bird Paradise, made an epic move to Mandai, Singapore earlier in 2023. Bird Paradise is one of the Mandai Wildlife Reserve parks together with the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Wonders, as well as the upcoming Rainforest Wild Park. Here’s what to know to plan your trip to Bird Paradise with kids including what’s new, all the recent Bird Paradise ticket promotions (don’t miss 30% discounts) and what not to miss.
New at Bird Paradise:
Glamping at Bird Paradise
Ever dreamt of glamming it up with penguins? Bird Paradise Singapore launches this new experience in December! This unique glamping experience lets you cosy up in a whimsical bell tent right in the heart of Ocean Network Express Penguin Cove. Look forward to a jam packed VIP experience, including an exclusive meet & greet with a surprise critter, a special Southern Lights Showcase and more. Day two is another feather-filled day with activities alongside the feathered friends at Bird Paradise, including exclusive backstage access to Avian Healthcare! For all the deets about what’s included in the package and the itinerary, click here.
Dates: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 23, 24 December 2023
Time: 4pm – 2pm (the next day)
Price: $1,699 per tent, up to 4 pax
Ultimate Guide to Bird Paradise in Singapore
Mandai Wildlife West Entry to Bird Paradise
When you first arrive at Bird Paradise, you’ll get to Mandai Wildlife West where there’s a waterfall feature and three free play areas for kids inspired by a native Singapore species.
Pangolin Hideout at Mandai Wildlife West outside Bird Paradise
This free outdoor playground is inspired by the burrows of a pangolin. Kids can mimic the movement patterns of pangolins like climbing up the large netted climbing structure, burrowing into the tunnels and sliding down the metal tube slide.
Pangolin Adventure at Mandai Wildlife West outside Bird Paradise
Another free playground with swings and lower climbing structures.
Forest Stream Trail outside Bird Paradise
At the Forest Stream Trail, kids can learn about the riverine forest ecosystems as they climb onto logs and weave through the root-like structures inspired by mangrove forests. We love how parents can sit at the Starbucks next door and watch kids play in full sight!
How much is entry? Bird Park Singapore tickets
Bird Paradise tickets start from $43.20 for adults, $29.70 for children and $20 for senior citizens. Time slot booking is required, as is bird feeding if you wish.
There’s a new promo to enjoy — get 30% off two tickets for Bird Paradise admission with the 2-to-go @ 30% off’ promo! *Valid for same ticket type for new and existing WildPass, so make sure you sign up for free before you purchase your Bird Paradise tickets. T&Cs apply.
Bird Paradise Map
Download this map of Bird Paradise to explore the bird park.
Highlights at Bird Paradise
Eight Walk-Through Aviaries
A highlight of the new Bird Paradise is the eight walk-through aviaries with different habitats of the world and several bird species. Stroll through the dense African rainforests and South American wetlands to Southeast Asian paddy fields, Australian dry eucalyptus forests, and more.
1. Hong Leong Foundation Crimson Wetlands aviary
This was our favourite aviary just for the burst of colour, plus that stunning massive waterfall is incredible! If you love colourful birds, this enclosure is where you’ll see some of the world’s most brilliantly coloured birds, amongst wetland vegetation and crimson blooms – from Scarlet and Red-and-green Macaws, to Scarlet Ibises, Roseate Spoonbills and American Flamingos. There’s also the 20m-tall waterfall inspired by the San Juan Curi waterfall in Colombia, as a tribute to the much-loved Waterfall Aviary of Jurong Bird Park.
2. Heart of Africa aviary
This is the largest aviary of Bird Paradise (1.55 hectares) with elevated canopies and suspension bridges overlooking forest streams. Here you’ll find 80 African bird species. We loved catching sight of some of the African birds that I remembered from my childhood growing up in Kenya like grey parrots and Black-crowned Cranes. Watch out though – because at feeding time, the birds swoop down, and you may just get a White Superb Starling perching on your head!
3. Kuok Group Wings of Asia aviary
Huge Australian Pelicans, different types of beautiful Hornbills, Spoonbills, long legged Storks and other birds of Asia can be found wading the rice paddy terraces – they also have the option of flying overhead in the large enclosure. The kids will love throwing the storks little fish, so make sure you look into the bird-feeding sessions (more below).
4. Amazonian Jewels aviary
This aviary is home to charming species like the Golden Parakeet, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Saffron Toucanet and Chestnut-eared Aracari plus doves and pigeons.
5. Songs of the Forest aviary
Singing songbirds of Asia live here – don’t miss the pretty Victoria Crowned Pigeon, plus other birds like the Bali Myna and Straw-headed Bulbul (and see if you can spot additional mammal species such as the Lesser Mousedeer).
6. Lory Loft aviary
Reminiscent of our favourite spot the Lory Loft at Jurong Bird Park, this new aviary is filled with colourful cute lories and parrots. These little guys are not shy so you can get up close and watch them water bathe and feed – get your camera ready! If you opt for feeding them with the special food cups, you may get a lory perch on your wrist!
7. Mysterious Papua aviary
Designed after the landscape of the New Guinean, you’ll see big birds like the Southern Cassowary, as well as smaller birds like the Nicobar Pigeon, critically endangered White Cockatoo and Blue-eyed Cockatoos.
8. Australian Outback aviary
This is home to the second largest living bird in the world – the Emu. Look out for the Laughing Kookaburras (you may hear it before you see it!) and keep your eyes peeled for the master of disguise, the Tawny Frogmouth as it camouflages as a tree branch (we were so delighted to catch a sight of it! There’s also rumoured to be Red-necked Wallabies in this aviary!
Penguins at Bird Paradise, Singapore
Ocean Network Express Penguin Cove
This state-of-the-art, multi-level indoor Ocean Network Express Penguin Cove is where the flightless birds live – four penguin species – the Gentoo Penguin, King Penguin, Humboldt Penguin and Northern Rockhopper Penguin. The penguins have yet to be moved from Jurong Bird Park.
Timings for Shows at Bird Paradise
Bird shows/presentations at Bird Paradise happen twice daily at the Sky Amphitheatre, plus there’s a new digital screen that was not previously available at Jurong Bird Park. This huge space has been designed for raptors like the White-bellied Sea Eagle to make longer flights, while other species can take off from higher platforms to showcase flights from heights that were not previously possible at Jurong Bird Park.
Bird shows: Predators on Wings stars birds of prey at the top of their food chain, while Wings of the World features the most popular birds from parrots to pied hornbill pals Sunny and Vicky – each bird show lasts for 15 to 20 minutes! See the bird trainers in action and learn about these awesome birds. Pssst! Prep the kiddos to be ready to volunteer if they are up for it – the bird trainers often ask little ones to get on stage to help, and it’s quite a fun experience!
Bird Show Timings at Bird Paradise Singapore:
10:30am: Predators on Wings
12:30pm: Wings of the World
2:30pm: Predators on Wings
5pm: Wings of the World
Keeper Talks Schedule
12pm: Macaw Keeper Talk at Hong Leong Foundation Crimson Wetlands
1:30pm: Penguin Keeper Talk at Ocean Network Express Penguin Cove
3:00pm: Hornbill Keeper Talk at Kuok Group Wings of Asia
4pm: Songbirds Keeper Talk at Songs of the Forest
Bird Feeding at Bird Paradise
Kids will be able to sign up for bird feeding sessions at Bird Paradise just like they can at the Singapore Zoo. The bird feeding sessions are based on a first-come-first-served basis at a cost of $8 (book online before you go).
Hand-feed starlings and weavers with mealworms, and colourful turacos with fruits.
When: 9:30am & 2pm
Where: Heart of Africa, Bird Paradise
Head to the pavilion overlooking the paddy fields at Kuok Group Wings of Asia, Bird Paradise, and you’ll get to feed the pelicans with fish.
When: 10am & 4:30pm
Where: Kuok Group Wings of Asia, Bird Paradise
Lories and Lorikeets Feeding
It’s quite a sight to see so many lories all flocking for food – pick up your cup of homemade nectar and feed the birds at Lory Loft, Bird Paradise.
When: 11am & 3:30pm
Where: Lory Loft, Bird Paradise
Hand-feed the huge flightless cassowaries – admire their size and their bright blue necks!
Where Mysterious Papua, Bird Paradise
Kids’ Playgrounds at Bird Paradise
There are a few playgrounds for kids within Bird Paradise. The first playground that you’ll come to is right next to Starbucks before the entrance of Bird Paradise (so it’s technically part of Mandai West, and as such is free to enter as it’s before the ticketing area of Bird Paradise). Within Bird Paradise bird park, the main play areas are a dry playground called Treetops Play and a water play area called Egg Splash.
Playground: Treetops Play
The dry playground is located near Crimson Restaurant and consists of netted climbing structures with mini trampolines on the second level. Scale the nets like the birds at Bird Paradise!
Where: near Crimson Restaurant and below Food Central (Central Plaza)
Wet Play: Egg Splash
Kiddos, get excited because after a morning admiring the birds at Bird Paradise, you can end with splashing off in the wet playground! This egg-themed wet playground offers wet play zones with water slides, sprays and shallow pools. Parents, you can sit in the shade at the sheltered pavilion or Egg Splash café. The water play area offers a perfect chance to cool off for toddlers and little kids.
Where: next to Central Plaza
Open: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Dining & Food options at Bird Paradise
There are dining options both inside and outside the bird park. Within Bird Paradise there are seven F&B outlets, which range from casual eateries to themed dining restaurants. At Mandai Wildlife West, the public entrance node for Bird Paradise and the upcoming Rainforest Wild, options include Luke’s Lobster, Leckerbaer and Mr Holmes Bakehouse plus fast food chain A&W, Western restaurant Collin’s, Han’s, Indian restaurant Pavilion Banana Leaf, Coffee House by Old Chang Kee, Starbucks, Cheers and ice-cream parlour Birds of Paradise.
Dining within Bird Paradise:
Bird Bakery (Park Entrance):
Coffee, pastries and sandwiches.
Penguin Cove Café and Shop (Ocean Network Express Penguin Cove, Level 2)
Munch on penguin-themed pastries and watch the penguins in their enclosure.
Penguin Cove Restaurant (Ocean Network Express Penguin Cove, Level 1)
Buffet spread, featuring iconic local and international flavours – you can see the lower level of the penguin enclosure from here as they dive to a depth of 7m in two aquatic tanks.
Food Central (Central Plaza)
Local favourites like Hainanese chicken rice to Western dishes.
Tram Kiosk (Shuttle Station 2)
Wide range of premium ice cream flavours and beverages
Egg Splash Café and Shop (at the kids’ play area, Egg Splash within Bird Paradise)
Egg dishes prepared in a variety of ways — fried, boiled, poached and more.
Crimson Restaurant (Hong Leong Foundation Crimson Wetlands)
This restaurant is set against the backdrop of the scenic waterfall and serves a specially curated menu by local celebrity chef Eric Teo.
Sassy Mama Tips for Bird Paradise
- The aviaries are not covered, so bring hats and wear sunscreen.
- It gets hot so we really enjoyed the many hubs between each aviary. These indoor educational spaces have air-con, which provide some relief from the heat and also offer kids loads of information on the birds, including lots of fun hands-on interactive elements.
- Bird Paradise has lots of covered walkways and is largely stroller friendly, but there are also kids’ carts and wagons to rent if you have kids who aren’t big on walking.
Conservation Efforts at Bird Paradise
With nearly half of the global bird populations declining, Bird Paradise aims to help conserve avian species outside of their natural range to prevent extinction. There will be breeding programmes for threatened bird species with the aim of maintaining healthy and sustainable populations. Proceeds from all animal feedings go into the conservation projects supported in Singapore and across the region.
Getting to Bird Paradise
MRT: If you’re taking the MRT to Bird Paradise, you can take the train to Khatib, Choa Chu Kang, Ang Mo Kio, or Springleaf MRT stations and then get a connecting bus that will take you straight to Mandai Wildlife Reserve. Find out more here.
Bus and car: For bus schedules and routes plus driving directions to Bird Paradise, click here.
Bird Paradise Opening Hours
Bird Paradise is open every day of the year, from 9am to 6pm (last entry at 5pm). Weekends, public holidays and school holiday periods will likely be the busiest.
Ready to plan your day at Bird Paradise?
Bird Paradise 20 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729825, ww.mandai.com