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Ways To Attract Colourful Birds Into Your Suburban Melbourne Yard

by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Editor of melbourne.kidtown.com.au
Introduce beautiful native birds into your yard with these tips

Melbourne's spring weather turned up a notch last weekend and as the warmth shone through the trees, I spotted a beautiful emerald green bird singing her beautiful song in our olive tree.

Identifying our new feathered friend resulted in a quick google search and from what I can see, we were possibly visited by a Ground Parrot.

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This is a novelty in our yard because we aren't usually graced by such bold and bright birdlife. Our usual visitors are magpies, seagulls and crows.

So this got me thinking about ways to attract colourful birds into our Melbourne suburban yard. Is it possible we could plant flora and fauna to attract birdlife of the lorikeet, rosella and galah variety? Or is it a case of leaving out the right food.

Rainbow lorikeets


After further investigations, here are my discoveries:

Adding bird baths to your yard

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Introducing a bird bath into your yard could be a wise move in attracting more birdlife to your yard.

Birds appreciate access to H2O; a safe place to bathe, paddle and drink from.

Galah


Bird baths should be shallow enough to allow birds to stand in them to clean their feathers and elevated enough to avoid predators.

Keep your bird bath topped up with fresh water at all times so your feathered friends know where the good stuff is and keep returning.

Feed the birds vs don't feed

There's a little controversy in leaving out the right type of bird food to attract colourful new friends. Supplementary feeding is said to cause an imbalance in the eco system because birdlife becomes dependant on your hand outs.

That said, you don't need to completely give up on the idea of leaving out the right foods to attract birds. To quote Gardening Australia: "Try using a nesting box as a bird feeder. But don't overdo it - just put enough feed to attract birds, not enough to make them dependent on you. This could upset the ecological balance in your area and that's the opposite of what you're trying to achieve."

Planting the right flora and fauna

Although this may seem a mightier task than the aforementioned, if makes sense that if you've got the right type of plants in your yard to attract birdlife, they will come. Here are a few native plants to consider adding to your yard if you'd like to attract feathered friends of the colourful variety:

Grevillea aka Honey Gem

Grenvillea


Eucalypts
Callistemons aka Bottle Brush

Callistemons


Banksias
Melaleucas
Pultenea


Are you visited by colourful birds in your suburban Melbourne yard and have you tried any of the above? We'd love to know.



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