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Australian bird habitats: garden

Description of habitat

Gardens, although often featuring a lot of introduced vegetation, do provide birds in cities, towns and rural areas with valuable habitats. Insect hunters may find possibilities to hunt from low perches into more open areas, whereas honeyeaters will find nectar in flowers of various types of garden plants. Fruiteaters will also often find food there. In addition, many gardens offer a reliable supply of water, e.g. in the form of a pond or just water bowls. Even a lawn can attract some bird species.

Note that on this page we do not distinguish between gardens in coastal and inland Australia. Due to the difference in the amount of rainfall per annum, these can host very different species of birds. Except which bird species will be attracted will obviously also depend heavily on the gardeners' tastes...

Bird species found in this type of habitat or plant

This is not necessarily a complete list. We display here some examples of bird species found by us in this kind of habitat or plant. Hover your cursor on thumbnails to see names of species; click on thumbnail to go to the page describing the species.

Photos

This photo shows that Pacific Black Ducks sometimes enter suburban gardens (photo courtesy of K. Lacanau)
[Rowville, VIC, May 2013]

Example of a large ornamental garden: Chinese garden in Sydney, NSW

Callistemon (bottlebrush) in a suburban garden, with a Rainbow Lorikeet

Rural garden in inland NSW

A big Callistemon (bottlebrush) tree as this one, when flowering, is a major attraction for various kinds of nectar-eating birds

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

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