Red-eared Firetails require dense vegetation in a garden. They build nests within dense shrubs and tree canopies. A garden planted with diverse shrubs including grevilleas, banksias, paperbarks, and bottlebrushes can provide suitable nesting sites. They prefer areas with good urban canopy featuring large 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.
Red-eared Firetails forage close to the ground and require dense shrubs for protection from predators.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Red-eared Firetails feed on seeds. Plant a variety of native grasses next to tall shrubs and trees for a great wildlife garden to provide food, shelter, nesting materials and nest sites.
Providing sources of water
A shaded bird bath offers a good refuge to escape the summer heat. 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.
Red-eared Firetails help to control pest species and disperse seeds around the ecosystem. Visit BirdLife Australia to learn more about our native birds of prey. 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