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Plant to support birds

​Introduce biodiversity on your property by planting to support native birds.

What birds need

Native birds look for places where they can build a nest and easily find kai and water.

Plant the right native plants to provide kai for native birds.

What to plant


Plant native trees and shrubs. A variety of flowering and fruiting species will ensure there is kai and shelter in your garden all year round.

Plant native pūriri, kohekohe and akapukaea (Tecomanthe speciosa). These are good sources of nectar in winter.


Flowers that attract birds are usually large and brightly coloured (red, orange or white) with lots of nectar.

Flowering native plants that attract birds include:

  • Pōhutukawa
  • Kōwhai
  • Pūriri
  • Harakeke
  • Kōtukutuku
  • Rewarewa
  • Five finger.

For more information, see the following brochure.

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