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?

We are studying how providing sugar water to birds might affect their behaviour and welfare. Our study will focus on NZ native bird species (e.g. tui, bellbirds and silvereyes) visiting sugar-water feeders in urban backyards.

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