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michael

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attracting sunbirds and sugarbirds
« on: April 03, 2014, 01:39:38 AM »

Would anyone have any idea what would be the best plants to buy to attract these birds and where in Korat/Phimai to het them
Also if you have suggestions for attracting other birds and butterflies please jump in
Lastly, how easy are herbs to grow? Have you had any successes?

Cheers  :D
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Re: attracting sunbirds and sugarbirds
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014, 06:41:54 AM »

Olive-backed Sun Bird are common in Thailand.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z_QIBEsgFs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z_QIBEsgFs</a>

You need some feeders to attract these birds or you may wish to venture and make your own feeders ...

Here is the link : http://build-hummingbirds-feeder.blogspot.com/
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Re: attracting sunbirds and sugarbirds
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014, 09:00:18 AM »

Thanks for the link Quilter. We get some sugarbirds come visit us and I have been wondering how to attract more ;D
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2014, 09:18:10 AM »

The key to attracting sunbirds and sugarbirds to your yard is to plant lots of flowers and provide the habitat that will give them shade, shelter, food, and security. Herbs, flowering shrubs, dwarf trees, and vines all can be used to create an ideal tiered habitat from ground level to 10 feet or more. Provide lots of space between plants to give them enough room to hover and navigate from flower to flower.  These birds do not have a keen sense of smell and rely on bright colors to find their food.  They are particularly fond of red and are often observed investigating red plant labels, thermometers, and even red clothes on a gardener. Brightly–colored flowers that are tubular hold the most nectar, and are particularly attractive to hummingbirds. These include perennials such as bee balms, columbines, daylilies, and lupines; biennials such as foxgloves and hollyhocks; and many annuals, including cleomes, impatiens, and petunias.
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Re: attracting sunbirds and sugarbirds
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2014, 09:38:16 AM »

I love White-throated Fantail because they sing very well especially they are competing ...

Just put a shallow pot of water under a mango tree or any fruit tree, they will come for the insects and water ..

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4ni_UG6Hqw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4ni_UG6Hqw</a>
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Re: attracting sunbirds and sugarbirds
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2014, 10:02:42 AM »

From what I've read, sugarbirds are only found in southern Africa, not southeast Asia. There are also no hummingbirds in Asia.

There are different species of sunbirds that like different habitats and eat different foods. Some species prefer forests or woodland, some prefer uplands, some will visit parks and gardens. Some eat small insects, some feed on nectar, some will eat tiny fruits, so planting lots of flowers and flowering bushes, some with nectar and some with small fruits would be my guess. I'm sorry I don't know which ones specifically. When I lived in Korat we had a pomegranate tree that flowered and fruited often and a small scarlet-backed flowerpecker used to visit that tree very often.

I've seen olive-backed sunbirds in Phimai, in sai ngaam and not far from sai ngaam.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive-backed_Sunbird


What sunbird species have you seen in Korat or Phimai, Mike? And what's the general habitat like near where you live?
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2014, 10:51:12 AM »

They are the ones we get Alfie although not sure if the plummage is the same.

I must remember sunbirds not sugarbirds ;D
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2014, 11:23:52 AM »

Those 2 photos are of a male and a female (photos from wiki, link in earlier post)
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2014, 10:35:19 PM »

Here's a photo of an olive-backed sunbird feeding on plant nectar. See if you can find a plant like that, Michael.



Photo by Somchai K
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/somchai2008/sets/72157605383663120
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Re: attracting sunbirds and sugarbirds
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2014, 03:31:45 AM »

Well i must say a very big thank you guys. More than enough to be thinking about here.
Well worth the post  :)
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Re: attracting sunbirds and sugarbirds
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2014, 03:47:29 AM »

tried to upload some of my photos but files too big  :(
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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2014, 06:39:59 AM »

Try this  ;)


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Re: attracting sunbirds and sugarbirds
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2014, 11:42:20 AM »

Alfie, that flickr link is fantastic, stunning photos, thank you
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2014, 12:36:46 PM »

Alfie, that flickr link is fantastic, stunning photos, thank you

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/somchai2008/sets

Yes, it's fantastic. It's the best picture resource I've seen about birds in Thailand. I had a good look around it yesterday. It helped me identify some birds I saw yesterday (Black-Winged Stilts, Chinese Pond-Herons and River Lapwings). I wish I had a camera as good as his. The photos I took yesterday are pretty poor.
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2014, 12:54:11 PM »

He is a professional photographer ... ;)
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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2014, 01:41:46 PM »

tried to upload some of my photos but files too big  :(

Michael, resize your photos using this: http://bluefive.pair.com/pixresizer.htm. It's quick and easy to download and use. Resize your photos to about 125kb each. The picture quality will still be good.
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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2014, 12:35:21 AM »

hope this works, if it does let me know what you think

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Re: attracting sunbirds and sugarbirds
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2014, 12:40:07 AM »

Alfie, that re-size thing working a treat. Get in, cheers  8)

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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2014, 05:13:12 PM »

Nice photos, Michael. The bottom one looks like a green bee-eater. Very nice. I have also seen them in Phimai.




Today I saw some birds that I had never seen before. I think they were young wire-tailed swallows.


(Not my photo)
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« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2014, 11:19:59 PM »

Nice photo  :)
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