Nectar Eating Birds

These birds are referred to as Nectarivores and mainly consume nectar & pollen from flowering plants. Species include lorikeets & lories as well as honeyeaters, wattlebirds, miners, sunbirds and hummingbirds. These birds may also eat exudates such as sap, manna & lerp, fruits, as well as insects for additional protein. Nectarivores have a specialised brush-tipped tongue which is an adaptation for gathering their liquid nectar diet. These birds have relatively simple digestive systems so should not be fed large amount of starches (grain) and fibre.

Our products include Wombaroo Lorikeet & Honeyeater Food & Nectar Shake & Make, which are liquid diets that replicate the natural nectar & pollen diet.


  • Lorikeet & Honeyeater Food

    Wombaroo Lorikeet & Honyeater Food is a complete, balanced diet for all nectar-eating species. This includes lorikeets, lories, honeyeaters, wattlebirds, miners, sunbirds & hummingbirds. 

    Key Features

    • Dissolves in water to make a nectar that mimics the natural diet. 
    • Liquid stays in solution, so no separation of nutritional components.
    • Low fibre and starch content, so excellent for digestive health.
    • Moderate iron and vitamin A levels to minimise excessive iron storage.

        

    Serving suggestions - "sipper" tube or D-cup feeder

    Ingredients

    Sucrose, glucose, maltodextrin, whey protein isolate, hydrolysed casein, lysine, mannan oligosaccharides, β-glucans, vegetable oils, omega-3 & 6 fatty acids, vitamins A, B1,B2,B6, B12,C,D3,E,K, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, choline, inositol, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium.

    Typical Analysis

     Protein 12%
     Fat 5%
     Carbohydrate 76%
     Fibre 0.7%
     Calcium 0.7%
     Iron 40 mg/kg
     Vitamin A 3000 IU/kg
     Metabolisable Energy (ME) 17 MJ/kg

    Pack Sizes

     300g, 1.5kg, 4.5kg & 9kg.

    Making up Lorikeet & Honeyeater Food

    To make 100mL: Mix 3 scoops of powder (30g) with 80mL of warm water.

    To make 1 Litre: Mix 300g of powder with 800mL of warm water.

    Add half the water to the powder first and mix until dispersed. Then add the remaining water and mix thoroughly. Prepared food can be stored in the fridge for a day or can be frozen for up to 2 weeks. It is useful to make-up larger quantities and store it frozen in small portions (eg ice cube trays), so that the required daily feed volumes can be easily thawed out.

    Feeding Captive Birds

    Use as the maintenance diet for captive lorikeets, lories & honeyeaters. Do not overfeed as this is wasteful and may cause obesity in captive birds. Birds should be offered fresh fruit and blossom daily. Feed guidelines for aviary birds are given below:

    Lorikeets

     Feed

    (ml/day)

    Lories
               

    Feed

    (mL/day) 

    Honeyeaters
     

     Feed

    (ml/day)

    Little

     20

    Dusky

    50

    Sunbirds

    5-10 
    Purple-crowned

     20

    Red           

    50

    Scarlet H/E

    5
    Musk

     25

    Yellow-streaked

    50

    Spinebill 

    10
    Goldie's

     25

    Black-capped

    55

    New Holland

    15
    Scaly-breasted              

     30

    Chattering

    60

    Noisy Miner

    25
    Rainbow 

     40

    Black

    60

    Wattlebird

    35

     It is desirable to keep lorikeets and honeyeaters in large aviaries planted with native flowering shrubs. This provides birds with an additional source of pollen, nectar and insects. Prior to and during the breeding season birds should be given fruit and either Wombaroo Insectivore Rearing Mix or Passwell Finch Soft Food.

    Supplementing Wild Birds

    Wombaroo Lorikeet & Honeyeater Food is an ideal supplement for attracting native birds into the garden. Set up an elevated feeding station on a pole or suspended from the branch of a tree. Provide the prepared food in a shallow, glazed bowl or feeding tube. Ration daily feed to no more than 10mL per lorikeet or 5mL per honeyeater. Always limit the amount of food offered to reduce dependence on the food. Remove the bowl after feeding and thoroughly clean it - disease transmission can be a problem at feed stations. Be aware that when you attract birds into your garden you may also be attracting predators, so steps may need to be taken to avoid this problem.

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