Shelter: Nests constructed in the canopy of large trees
Diet: Native mistletoe berries
Water: Shallow bird bath
ReWild Benefit: Seed dispersion
Habitat Guide - Shelter
Mistletoebirds build nests in the canopy of tall trees.
Birds build their nests with materials collected around the garden including twigs, bark, grass, cobwebs, fabrics, and even pet fur. Clumping grasses and groundcovers in the garden can provide natural nesting materials for nesting birds as well.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Tall trees will attract Mistletoebirds. They have a specialised diet and feed almost exclusively on native mistletoe.
They search their neighbourhood for fruiting and flowering mistletoe plants. If you have a large habitat tree, and resident mistletoebirds are around, you may inevitable grow native mistletoe high in the canopy.
Providing sources of water
A shallow bird bath is a great spot to see these birds banter in the garden. Bird baths can be hazardous for small birds. Partially submerged rocks or logs can provide a safer avenue to exit the water incase they fall in.
Bird baths can be hung from prominent branches or in the forks of trees. This can provide a safe place for birds to drink away from cats and dogs.
Mistletoebirds a crucial to the dispersal of native mistletoe throughout the landscape. If you want to know more about Mistletoebirds visit BirdLife Australia. If you have seen one in your neighbourhood or around the home you can record your sighting on Birdata and help scientists monitor their population.