Habitat for Native Birds

Started by Hilary - 3142 Monday, 17 June 2019

I am trying to plant for native birds in my small inner east Melbourne garden. Birds are losing urban habitat as people go for the faux-Tuscan look and hard paving with few trees. Yesterday, I watched a beautiful eastern spinebill suspended above my Salvia Van Houtei, wings whirring, as he probed the red blooms for nectar with his delicate long beak. Does anyone have ideas for planting, especially native plants that grow readily in Melbourne, to encourage these and other small native birds ? I already have a young callistemon and small grevilleas, as well as an Abutilon that the honeyeaters love. Hilary

Lesley - 2088 Saturday, 07 December 2019

I believe that one of the problems the smaller birds are facing is not enough small - medium scrubby/ thorny plants being planted for them to take refuge in. Dagger Hakka has been recommended for Sydney, its very thorny and dense, but Im sure there are also exotic alternatives, like bougainvillea. Birds also need a food source and water, preferably planted close to each other. .you can try looking at your local council website for local plant suggestions. A bird guide will tell you food preferences of the species you are interested in attracting. Nectar drinkers generally have long beaks to access the nectar from tubular flowers. Consider the whole ecosystem- attracting insects will attract birds that feed on them as well.

Lesley - 2088 Saturday, 07 December 2019

I believe that one of the problems the smaller birds are facing is not enough small - medium scrubby/ thorny plants being planted for them to take refuge in. Dagger Hakka has been recommended for Sydney, its very thorny and dense, but Im sure there are also exotic alternatives, like bougainvillea. Birds also need a food source and water, preferably planted close to each other. .you can try looking at your local council website for local plant suggestions. A bird guide will tell you food preferences of the species you are interested in attracting. Nectar drinkers generally have long beaks to access the nectar from tubular flowers. Consider the whole ecosystem- attracting insects will attract birds that feed on them as well.

 

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