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Sugar-water Bird Feeding Project

Feeding birds in backyards is a popular pastime in New Zealand. More and more people provide sugar water to support native birds. But, little is known about how this practice might affect our native birds – does it help them or harm them?

The main goal of this project was to determine the effect of residential garden sugar-water provisioning on the behaviour and health of native New Zealand birds, such as tūī, korimako and tauhou.

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