Easily Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard

How to attract songbirds in your home

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All of us love the calming chirps of songbirds. There is nothing like drinking a peaceful cup of coffee in your backyard coupled with the beautiful tweeting of a Common Myna.

But if your backyard doesn’t offer the proper habitat for songbirds, your only choice is to listen to recordings of songbirds on YouTube (not quite the real deal though).

Worry not, because birds are easily attracted, and with just a couple of simple tweaks in your garden you can easily attract songbirds in your garden.

It’s important to know the bird species you want to attract, as Australia offers a wide range of screaming beasts, and just a handful of nicely sounding songbirds. After all, no one wants the sound of fighting monkeys a Kookaburra flock makes.

What Songbirds to Attract To Your Backyard

Australia isn’t known as the country with the most pleasant sounding songbirds. You’d want to attract a certain species of birds.The most common and better-sounding songbirds in Australia are:

  • Common Myna’s
  • Crimson Rosella
  • New Holland Honeyeater
  • Superb Fairy Wren
  • Willy Wingtail

The Common Myna

Common Myna Species example.

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The Common Myna songbird isn’t native to Australia. People have introduced them to the continent in order to fight common insect pests. Most likely you’ve heard the Common Myna’s tweet before because they tend to live close to human habitat.

When Common Myna’s gather, they are usually in flocks of thousands. In some places in Australia Common Mynas are considered as a pest.

They feed on almost anything. Common Myna’s are known scavengers. These birds feed on insects, fruits, vegetables, all types of pet food, scraps and other things that can be considered food.

While their vast diet makes it easier to attract, they may not be the best backyard companion if you have a flourishing fruit/vegetable garden.

How to attract Common Myna?

Because Common Myna’s are scavengers, the food will be the main way to attract them. However, be cautious. They can become a pest on your property.

It’s best to research if Common Myna’s are considered pests in your area, and then decide if you want them in your backyard or not.

The Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella example

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The Crimson Rosella songbird is a really beautiful species. It can be easily attracted to most backyards.

This species of birds prefer to inhabit places where eucalyptus, and also, wet forests. While not a lot of us have forests in our backyards, we can still provide similar conditions.

Once Crimson Rosella are familiar with people, they will accept handheld food. They feed on natural foods such as eucalyptus seeds, grass, shrubs and some insects and tree blossoms.

How to attract the Crimson Rosella?

In order to attract this little singer to your backyard, you’d need one thing that isn’t available in every backyard – high trees. Crimson Rosella’s need high trees to nest.

When they gather, Crimson Rosella’s are in small flocks. They are easily attracted to garden seed trays.

The New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater example

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This songbird can be found almost anywhere in Australia. Their diet consists mostly of high-energy food gathered from the nectar of the flowers. If you have a flower garden in your backyard it would be a big plus when attempting to attract the New Holland Honeyeater.

They are quite inquisitive and approach humans. They do live together with other honeyeaters and don’t have a problem with it.

How to attract the New Holland Honeyeater?

The best way to attract the New Holland Honeyeater in your backyard is to have the appropriate flowers they can feed on.

Shrubs and blossoming trees can also do the trick. They are attracted to warm weather, trees and gardens. Equipping your garden with a birdbath will also help you a lot.

The Superb Fairy-Wren

The Superb Fairy-Wren example

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The small, brightly coloured bird is an amazing tweeter, and are a great choice for backyard companions.
They feed mostly on insects and small arthropods, which means they can help you with battling a possible infestation. The Superb Fairy-Wren catches them mainly from the ground, while occasionally catching them from low shrubs.

The Superb Fairy-Wren prefers living in dense cover such as low shrubs.

How to attract the Superb Fairy-Wren?

You’ll have to ensure appropriate habitat for the Superb Fairy-Wren. Grow some dense shrubs so they can nest in.

Image source: Shutterstock/Bachkova Natalia

Posted in Gardening Tips

Last update: June 14, 2019

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