There is nothing as pleasant as walking in your home garden and finding birds enjoying your hospitality.
Whether fossicking for food or bathing in a provided bird bath...they delight us all.
The following list contains some plants you could grow to encourage birds to share your yard.
PLANTS FOR SEED EATING BIRDS
Acacia baileyana "Cootamundra Wattle"
Acacia boormanii "Snowy river wattle"
Acacia dealbata "Silver Wattle"
Acacia decurrens "Black Wattle"
Acacia elata "Cedar Wattle"
Acacia howittii "Sticky Wattle"
Acacia implexa "Hickory Wattle"
Acacia pycnantha "Golden Wattle"
A.suaveolens "Sweet Wattle"
Allocasuarina torulosa "Forest Oak"
Casuarina glauca "Swamp Oak"
Allocasuarina littoralis "Black She-Oak"
Eucalyptus curtisii (small tree) "Plunkett's Mallee"
Other Euc.sp but many are large
trees, so size is a consideration.
Banksia integrifolia "Coastal Banksia"
Banksia collina "Hill Banksia"
Banksia marginata "Silver leaf Banksia"
Banksia ericafolia "Heath Leafed Banksia"
Many grasses attract seed eating birds.
Chloris acicularis "Umbrella grass"
Poa labillardieri "Common Tussock Grass"
Austrodanthonia sp. "Wallaby Grass"
Themeda australis - "Kangaroo Grass"
The Banksia, Allocasuarina, Casuarina and Acacia sp mainly attract parrots
and cockatoos. Finches will be attracted to the grasses and Casuarinas.
INSECT ATTRACTING PLANTS
All plants by default attract insects. A naturally planted yard with a water
feature and natural material used as a mulch will attract many insects and
so attract insect eating birds.
PLANTS FOR FRUIT EATING BIRDS
All the native lilly pilly trees are the natural food of native birds and
there are many new varieties on the market. Research the species as some
grow very large...others are dwarf.
Acema sp, Waterhousia sp and Syzigium are all examples of lilly-pillys.
Austromyrtus dulcis "Midyim Berry"
Pittosporum revolutum and undulatum "Native Daphne"
Enchylaena tomentosa "Ruby Salt Bush"
Solanum aviculare "Kangaroo Apple"
Leucopogon parviflorus "Coastal Beard Heath"
Melia azedacach "White Cedar" (Tree)
NECTAR PRODUCING PLANTS
All Grevillea sp provide nectar. Seed and shelter. All need plenty of sun to
thrive. Many choices.All Callistemon sp provide nectar seed and shelter. All need plenty of sun to thrive. Some of the Callistemon sp. hybrids available don’t produce seed or nectar.
Anigosanthus flavida "Kangaroo Paw"
Correa sp "Native Fuschia" (shady dry areas)
Eremophila maculata Spotted Emu Bush
Eucalyptus sp are often great nectar producers. They also offer shelter and
nest sites. Birds will be more attracted to red or pink flower
Lambertia formosa "Mountain Devil"
Melaleuca nodosa "Nodding Paperbark"
Melaleuca laterita "Robin Red Breast"
Melaleuca fulgens "Scarlet Honey Myrtle"
Persoonia sp "Geebungs"
SOME HELPFUL BOOKS
"Grow What Where", by N. Peate, G.MacDonald and A. Talbot
"The Australian Bird Garden", by Graham Pizzey
"Attracting Birds to your Garden in Australia" by John Dengate