Located in a natural valley at the southern corner of Hong Kong Park, the Edward Youde Aviary is a walk-though bird sanctuary featuring a collection of 800 avian species including 100 birds that are indigenous to Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and New Guinea. It was named after Sir Edward Youde, the Governor of Hong Kong from 1982 to 1986.
The aviary, which was opened to the public in September 1992, has an elevated walkway that allows visitors to walk through the tree canopy so that they can view the trees, plants and birds from various elevations and the whole valley from different angles. The walkway also allows wheelchair-bound guests.
The walkway goes downhill and provides a number of lookout points along it for guests to have a closer look at the birds as well as the habitat they live and the scenic spots beyond the valley.
On the valley floor are man-made bodies of water including a forest stream bed, shallow pools, waterfalls and a lake which was made to look like a swamp, providing a perfect location for viewing waterfowl such as Australian Pelicans, Great White Pelicans and Radjah Shelducks.
The entire Edward Youde Aviary has an area of about 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft) which is enclosed in a mesh of stainless steel which lets the birds fly around freely. The mesh is supported by four giant arches spanning the entire valley. The arches eliminate the use of unsightly supporting poles.
There are also display cages holding Large Hornbills, White-crested Hornbill and the Great Pied Hornbill. These birds cannot be housed in the main aviary as they prey on smaller birds.