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Auburn Aviary

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Published February 16th 2013
Home to some rare and unique birds
The Auburn Botanical Gardens is 9.2 hectares of greenlands nestled in the suburb of Auburn. Probably not very well marketed and most people living around may not have visited it even once.

I recently discovered the beauty of the parklands and the fauna and aviary present there. The Auburn aviary is part of the Auburn Botanical Gardens and was added in 1988. Since then it is home to a number of birds, including some rare and endangered ones.

Auburn Aviary entrance
Auburn Aviary entrance


Apart from the native birds that fly freely in the botanical gardens, the aviary is home to some special and unique birds. The first being the endangered green peafowl. Peafowls are an ornamental bird and the male is more brightly coloured than the female counterpart.

Endangered green peafowl
Endangered green peafowl


We spotted 3 of them in the first enclosure among some doves. The royal green neck of the peafowl is a clear way to distinguish it from the more common blue peacocks.

Peafowl happily seated
Peafowl happily seated


Another enclosure has parakeets and pheasants. These beautiful little birds are known for the brightly coloured males with their long tails.

Lady Amherst's pheasant
Lady Amherst's pheasant


Lady Amherst's and Reeve's pheasants come from the breed of exotic pheasants mainly due to their appearance.

Reeve's pheasant
Reeve's pheasant


The green wings and shoulders are the most striking features of the emerald ground dove. Ground doves often spend much time on the ground feeding on fallen fruit.

Emerald Ground Dove
Emerald Ground Dove


The Auburn Japanese Garden has an entry charge if you are not a resident of Auburn and are visiting the gardens on the weekend.
Auburn Residents can enter for free (proof of residency required) and Children under 16 years of age can also enter for free. Non-residents (of Auburn) are charged $4.00 on weekends, school holidays, public holidays and festivals. All other times are free.

Peaceful dove
Peaceful dove


The Botanical Gardens is a good picnic spot. It has barbeque facilities and a kids area too. With a number of native birds and wildlife around, it is a peaceful place to get closer to the natural surroundings.
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Why? An aviary with a unique bird collection in the suburb of Auburn.
When: Open 9.00 am to 5.00 pm weekdays, 9 am to 6 pm weekends
Where: Cnr. Chisholm and Chiswick Rds. Auburn
Cost: Free
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