Fw: [BIRDING-AUS] *Feeding wild birds*

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Subject: Fw: [BIRDING-AUS] *Feeding wild birds*
From: "Marian Andrews" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003 14:01:32 +1000

I as a wildlife carer know that people will always be feeding our wildlife. I would rather tell them what to feed the birds than them feeding the wrong foods. People feed Lorikeets seed, when they are nectar feeders?? They lose the bristles on the tips of their tongues by eating just seed. I also let people know a small parrot mix is best for seed eating birds and you can get a dry nectar powder from pet shops for Lorikeets, honeyeaters and Wattlebirds, they love the dry powder. Bread, honey, sugar, milk, cheese, bacon, processed meats, are ALL VERY BAD for birds. You all would be so suprised to hear what people will feed birds?? All of the above and more. I have made up an information leaflet for people who ask me. I'd rather they feed something that wont harm the bird too much and they shouldn't feed for long periods otherwise the birds wont look for food for themselves.
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