5 Ways to Encourage Native Birds into Your Home Garden

Jayde Ferguson

Australia is home to a diverse collection of wildlife, especially birds. Birds have two main goals: survival and procreation, and it’s important these needs are catered for when choosing habitats. 

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If you’d like to turn your backyard into a sanctuary for native birds, creating a space that fosters a safe environment for feeding and breeding is key. Read our tips below to attract indigenous feathered friends to your garden.

1. The Wetter the Better

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As with all living creatures, H2O is essential. Provide a birdbath that is slightly elevated from the ground as the height helps them feel secure. It also makes it possible for them to quickly hop to shrubbery for safety. As birds will start to rely on your constant source of water, be sure to always keep the bowl filled up.

2. Be a Shelter Helper

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If you want to attract native birds in your garden, ensure the right plants are in place for them to create a suitable home nearby. For petite tweeters including the Thornbill and Scrubwren, prickly and thick shrubs are best; try planting Leptospermum, Acacia and Hakea. For bigger birds like Magpies and the Tawny Frogmouth, try tall timbers such as Eucalyptus, Casuarina and Banksia.

3. Satisfy Different Appetites  

Some native birds are carnivores and need a diet of insects to thrive. If you’d like to see birds such as Treecreepers and Wrens, add Melaleuca and Acacia to your garden as they host the kind of critters those birds enjoy. Also, keep watch for pesticides that could kill worms, frogs and small lizards that these birds love to eat. 

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Where nectar lovers like Honeyeaters are concerned, Correa and Grevillea are top choice. Seed suckers such as Finches, Cockatoos and Pigeons will find tasty meals in native grasses. Foliage like Banksia, Acacia, and Eucalyptus are all-rounders if you’re looking for a multi-purpose to plant to keep different types of birds happy.

4. Blooms Year Round 

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It’s wise to choose plants and trees for your garden that flower at alternating times during the year. This strategy helps your bird friends stay satiated from January through to December. You may also want to keep in mind that native birds are naturally attracted to red and yellow blooms.

5. General Safety

Now that you’ve attracted these lovely native birds, how do you keep them? As we mentioned earlier, survival is a driving force. Instead of creating a single bird-feeding station, space out your garden. A big, concentrated group of feeding birds is an easy target for predators.

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Once again, be wary of pest repellents and other poisons you might use in the garden, and contact an animal welfare agent should you have any concerns about sick or injured birds.  

Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Site Shade. Conact the team at Site Shade on 1300 721 663 and they'll help you create a blossoming environment for your home garden.