This weekend I have visited Prince Hashem Bird Garden (حديقة الأمير هاشم للطيور) in Amman, Shmeisani area. This is an amazing place to watch different kinds of birds, including rare and endangered bird species in Jordan. I can't say it's a real bird watching activity, yet it's enjoyable to see all these birds, their habits and sounds in the city area, expecially for such a low ticket price.
This landscaped bird park was opened in 1979. The park is not very big, yet the area is well planned, separating a closed and safe playground area for kids, with swings, slides and climbers, from the walking paths to the birds’ cages and the recreational spots with benches to enjoy the view. During the weekdays it’s a popular space for toddlers, they bring them from the kindergartens to see the birds and have fun around.
What Birds Are at Bird Garden?
There are a lot of peacocks, including Indian peafowl
and White peafowl. At the moment a male peacock wants to be accepted by a female, so he dances a lot in front of her, folding and unfolding his lacy tail.
There are plenty of poultry birds, including cochin breed with their fluffy legs and polish roosters with punk heads. I adored helmeted guineafowls.
Ducks and geese have a spacious cage with the waterpools.
Golden eagle desperately wants to build a nest.
A big cage with rabbits of all sizes and ages.
And my favourite birds there, elegant grey herons.
How Much Does The Ticket Cost?
The price for visiting Prince Hashem Bird Garden in Amman is 20 piasters for adults and 15 piasters for kids. Nowadays Shmeisani is not a popular area for the entertainment, yet it’s surprising that not so many people in Amman visited it and even know that such a wonderful park exists.
Are Drinks & Food Allowed in Prince Hashem Bird Garden?
Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks in the park, it’s not a picnic area but there are benches where you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and a sandwich. There’s also a small stand selling juices, water and snacks.
What Are The Working Hours for Prince Hashem Bird Garden?
You can visit it every day, from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM, except Tuesdays. As I’ve previously said, this bird park is not very big, and you can see all the birds in 20-30 min.
Can You Feed Birds & Rabbits?
You are not supposed to feed birds and any animals in this park, as well as in any zoo, they have their own diet and it may harm them. However, kids are getting very excited during their visit and try to throw some leaves and grass stems through the cages, especially for the rabbits, as they are the most responding ones. I don’t want to mentor but try not to feed anyone there.
The price for visiting Prince Hashem Bird Garden in Amman is 20 piasters for adults and 15 piasters for kids.