Somewhat offbeat attractions - the Bird Market

Right next to the Flower Market in Mongkok, lots of wild birds, captive birds and old codgers with birds in cages, worth a visit

 

 Some very ornate cages

Some very ornate cages

This is a somewhat unique place in Hong Kong where you can see lots of exotic captive birds and their somewhat grumpy owners. 

The market is actually called the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden aka the Bird Market and is located next to the Flower Market so you can easily do both at the same time.

One word of caution, the Bird Market is often closed without warning if they find birds that have died from bird flu and is scrubbed down thoroughly but you need to factor in risk before visiting, it has been a while since it was last closed but you are in the midst of hundreds of wild and caged birds., just something to think about

 The official sign outside

The official sign outside

The Bird Market is not hard to find, it is at the end of Flower Market Road

 Bird food

Bird food

There are plenty of food options if you own birds - grasshoppers, grubs, worms, burgers and fries.....pretty cheap as well, HK$10 for this bag of bugs. 

 The Bird Market is heaven for wild birds

The Bird Market is heaven for wild birds

Wild birds are in abundance at the market as there is a lot of free food just lying around, ignore the fact that this looks like cat litter.

 Just a little bit cruel

Just a little bit cruel

It is hard not to feel sorry for these birds in captivity

 At least these birds can talk to their chums.

At least these birds can talk to their chums.

Not a lot of space to spread your wings

 An exotic bird

An exotic bird

Spend 5 minutes in front of this cage and you notice that the bird is gnawing at the bars of the cage trying to escape... exotic birds such as this are actually let out of the cage daily and chained to a wooden post. 

 Small birds in big cages = expensive

Small birds in big cages = expensive

Some of these small birds cost a small fortune. 

 Birds on a budget

Birds on a budget

The market caters for people who want to start a bird collection on a budget, these are very cheap birds (no pun intended) 

 said old codgers

said old codgers

Yes, this really is a bunch of oldish old codgers staring at cages covered in a cloth - very zen like. 

 At least they get some fresh air

At least they get some fresh air

You take a dog for a walk so why not birds.... part of the attraction of the Bird Market is being able to see some really exotic birds brought there by their owners... some knowledge of bird species is required!

 fascinating

fascinating

Personally I can think of my interesting hobbies (why not a snake market or spider market?) but to these gents, this is a reason to live. 

 At least they get 3 square meals a day

At least they get 3 square meals a day

Like I said, this is an interesting place to visit but I can't help but feel sorry for the birds particularly the larger parrot's who just gnaw at the bars but keeping birds in ornate cages is a Hong Kong thing


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Posted on May 29, 2013 and filed under Offbeat attractions.