Prepare for a very interactive experience at Bird Zoo - a good number of the more than 100 resident parrots and other tropical birds in the aviary here will attempt to perch on your head and shoulders at some point. They're just being friendly, although a parrot's idea of friendship often involves a bit of pecking, squawking and gentle biting. Attentive human staff are on hand to introduce you to various birds, or take them off your hands (and shoulders and head) if you're feeling overwhelmed.
Our African Grey Parrot was happy to have his shoulders rubbed gently, while Sun Parakeets and other smaller birds were content just to sit on shoulders and make a lot of noise. You can also gently bounce the small birds up and down on your finger. Bird snacks can be purchased for Y100, but they're really unnecessary, as you'll get plenty of attention even without dispensing food. Waterproof ponchos with hoods are provided for visitors.
The rules are typical for a bird cafe, although they seem to be written only in Japanese. Most important - make sure to turn off the flash on your camera or cellphone. If you want to use a locker, give the reception person a refundable fee of Y1000 and you'll get a key. You'll also get a birdproof clear plastic bag to carry your camera and phone and so on. Before you get to the Parrot Room there's a waiting area where you can put on your poncho. A few resident owls stand guard over the ponchos - you can photograph them, but please don't touch.
See more photos and details at Animal Cafes.com.
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