Backyard Buddies
Habitat for Big Birds

Photo: Michael Todd

Habitat for Big Birds

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Making your garden a friendly place for big birds will turn it into a fantastic, enjoyable, thriving place.

Large birds such as parrots, cockatoos, kookaburras, honeyeaters, birds of prey and others will add colour and excitement to your backyard.

These bigger birds are also great to have around as they will eat up snakes, skinks, lizards, insects, and rodents. Nectar-eating big birds will help to pollinate some of your plants.

With a few simple steps, you can transform your garden into a haven for big birds.

Create a nestbox. Photo: OEH

Be a Backyard Buddy

Many large birds can get muscled out of your garden by territorial and aggressive Magpies, Apostlebirds, and other common birds.

But there's a lot you can do to encourage a greater range of bird visitors to your backyard, and provide somewhere great for them all to enjoy.

Big birds need:

Try to:


Some common big birds include:

Be a backyard buddy

It’s easy. All you have to do is care... and take a few simple steps. Backyard Buddies are the native plants and animals that share our urban areas, waterways, backyards and parks.  Backyard Buddies are also the people who value native wildlife and want to protect it.

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