Bird Street

Bird Street, Hong Kong: Address, Phone Number, Bird Street Reviews: 3.5/5

Bird Street
3.5
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This exotic market is also a place where locals bring their own pet birds for airings.
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The area
Neighborhood: Mong Kok
It’s one of the highest density districts in the world, so come to Mong Kok prepared for action. Home to every market, restaurant and shopping arcade imaginable, Mong Kok is the one-stop shop to satisfy all your shopping needs. Dust off your finest negotiation skills and dive into the bartering frenzy. Similar retailers will conveniently congregate in the same area forming easy to remember references such as “flower street” and “sneakers street.” Here you will also find various local delicacies being served at street snack shops or hole-in-the-wall restaurants. One reliable rule of thumb: the smaller the place, the better the food.
How to get there
  • Mong Kok East • 5 min walk
  • Prince Edward • 8 min walk

3.5
148 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
59
Average
42
Poor
10
Terrible
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Philip S
San Jose, CA36 contributions
Bird Lover Should Visit
Aug 2019
If you are a bird lover, you should come to visit the Bird Street when you are in Hong Kong. You will see many beautiful domesticated birds. Someone may feel the place is not humane but I think the place is ok. All the birds looked healthy and happy.
Written January 30, 2020
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia11,972 contributions
Small bird market
Nov 2019
As part of our walking tour we were taken to the Bird Market, it is located nearby to the flower market. The market sells small birds, live insects for bird food and cages, you can even have cages repaired if need be.
Written December 16, 2019
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Michelle K
London, UK342 contributions
Conflicted sightseeing
May 2019 • Couples
It is difficult to judge this place. On the one hand, it is an interesting example of live animal markets that are popular in Asia and is certainly not something I would be able to see in London. On the other hand, as other reviewers have mentioned, a lot of the birds are kept together in small cages and it's pretty obvious there is not enough space for them.

Certainly, there is a lot more pressure nowadays in the world to eliminate animal cruelty and I don't imagine this place will have much business with the coming generations. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it. There are parks and hikes you can go on throughout Hong Kong where you can hear the beautiful (free) birds singing.
Written July 5, 2019
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MarcandLauraB
Kirkby, UK678 contributions
Asian delight
Mar 2019 • Couples
At first glance it seems a quite unique street with a huge variety of birds. But on closer inspection you start to see quite alot if birds in one cage or tiny birds in tiny cages. We trued to justify that they looked healthy and it may be because typical hong kong housing was very similar as in small and cramped. But really did struggle to see so many birds in cages but hard to differentiate from those back home who do the same. I think you need to go and make your own mind up.
Written April 8, 2019
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noentrytoday
Tainan, Taiwan73 contributions
Disgusting - animal wellfare standards like 300 years ago
Mar 2018 • Solo
A shame such places still exist. Went there shortly before closing time- overcrowded bird cages were sorted into tiny narrow and nasty "ware houses" like any materialistic product. I wish an animal welfare organization would just simply prohibit this business. Hongkong´s live animal markets are simply a horror trip for people with ethical thinking and moral demands. They speak for Hongkong itself: A simple mess - besides the existence of modern skyscrapers you would not believe you´re entering the 1st world: Noisy, dirty, narrow, old-fashioned and wasted with garbage in its outskirts...
Written February 13, 2019
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,182 contributions
Interesting bird market
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is an interesting bird market. Not massive. Some may not like the small cages and the number of birds in each.
Written February 6, 2019
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Fred Hacking
Philippines43 contributions
Incredible Birds, Questional How i felt about them being so locked up
Dec 2018
Whats great about this experience is seeing the cultural norm of selling exotic birds on the street in such a concentrated spot. Very glad that we experienced this. Many of the birds are extremely distressed and you can't help but feel sorry for them. We took a brief 5 minute stroll straight through the middle, didn't want to take any photos however.
Written January 17, 2019
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Frank P
Eugene, OR1,173 contributions
Don't GO
Dec 2018 • Family
Felt uncomfortable as this seemed to be pretty shady operation. As many other reviews with more knowledge than me speculate about the under belly of trafficking of birds. We spent just a few minutes and then got the hell out.
Written January 16, 2019
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michellemancktelow
Fleet, UK149 contributions
Don’t bother
Dec 2018 • Couples
I did not like seeing small wild birds being caged. I know this is a way of life but I didn’t enjoying seeing it and don’t think it is something that is worthy of a trip to see.
Written December 17, 2018
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Whitney Y.
Indianapolis, IN1 contribution
Undocumented exotics and wild-caught "prayer birds"
Dec 2018 • Solo
Many of the birds you see at the Mong Kok bird market are undocumented exotics (illegal pet trade) and wild-caught—meaning the caged birds are likely trapped or stolen from nests of resident or migratory species found in Hong Kong. Why? Because these "prayer birds" are sought-after by locals, who buy them with the aim of boosting their own karma by releasing them back into the wild. Unfortunately, this is problematic for the stability of wild bird populations and the cause-and-affect of introduced invasive species.

If you want to know more, contact the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society.
Written December 14, 2018
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