Best pot plant for a small balcony to attract birds

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faz
Best pot plant for a small balcony to attract birds

Hi everyone, I have a terribly small balcony but would like to put a plant or two on it to attract birds. I know there are lots of Rainbow Lorikeets around my area and hope they can come to sit on the plants but what is the best pot plant to put out for them? Thank you

HelloBirdy
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You are unlikely to attract rainbow lorikeets with a small potplant but native grevilleas can be nice for attracting some honeyeaters and spinebills. Are you in an apartment complex?

Ryu
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faz

Yes I am in a small apartment complex opposite a lake. It's literally 1m by maybe 1.5m my balcony so tiny so looking for probably a tall thin plant that won't take up much space. I'll have a look for grevilleas. Hopefully if I get that it will attract honeyeaters and spinebills. Thanks for the reply :)

Woko
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Hi faz. First of all congratulations on your approach. In nearly every situation there's something that can be done to attract birds. Might I suggest that you keep a dish of water on your balcony. It would be interesting to see what bird species might come to bathe in & drink from it.

Secondly, I'd be interested to know your location & whether you have any natural bushland or native trees &/or shrubs in your vicinity. That might help determine the bird species you might be able to attract & what you plant to attract them. For example, if you live close to an area with native grasses you might want to think about a pot or two or three of native grasses, preferably species indigenous to where you live. Native finches in particular feed on native grass seeds & a number of native grasses are used by butterflies to lay eggs on. In turn, some native bird species feed on the butterfly eggs. In other words you don't have to plant small shrubs in pots to attract native birds.

If you happen to live in an area where Common Heath Epacris impressa is a local species then you could try that one in a pot. It is slender & has thin, tubular flowers which are attractive to Honeyeaters, including Spinebills. Grevilleas, as Ryu has suggested, are suitable for pots as would be some of the smaller Eremophila species.

If you have enough room another idea is to install a wall garden which would enable you to grow a variety of plants which might attract birds. Encouraging your neighbours to sally forth & do likewise would increase the amount of habitat available to birds.

Many people use artificial feeding to attract native birds to their balconies but I'd warn against this as it makes the birds dependent on you filling up their food containers, takes the birds away from their natural pollination & native seed dispersal functions in the environment & it can cause some species to catch the dreaded beak & feather disease.

Attracting native birds to your balcony is quite an experiment & I'd be interested to learn of what species you see. Perhaps you could keep records for the benefit of the people who tell me they don't have enough room to attract birds to their gardens.

Woko
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I'd warn against window feeders - at least in Australia. See #4 above.

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