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The listed plants provide nectar and/or berries enjoyed by birds. Create a garden which encourages birds as inhabitants and visitors by planting these along with other trees and shrubs. Such a garden not only provides food in the form of nectar and fruits but creates an environment suitable for insects which in turn attract insect feeding birds such as Grey Warblers, Fantails, Moreporks, and Tuis.

Why attract birds?

The creating of a bird friendly environment in cities, towns and in the countryside will ensure that New Zealanders, now and in the future, are able to enjoy their unique bird life.


Nectar eating birds include White-eyes, Bellbirds, Tuis.

Botanical Name Common Name Size Flowering Time
Clianthus puniceus Kaka Beak Shrub Late winter early spring
Fuchsia excorticata Konini Small tree Spring
Knightia excelsa Rewarewa Large tree Spring
Metrosideros carminea Crimson rata Climber Spring
Metrosideros excelsa Pohutukawa Large tree Summer
Metrosideros fulgens Orange Rata Climber Summer
Met. kermadecensis Pohutukawa Large tree All year
Met. robusta Northern Rata Large Tree Summer
Met. umbellata Southern Rata Large tree Summer
Pittosporum eugenioides Tarata Small tree Spring
Phormium cookianum Flax 1.5m+ Early summer
Phormium Green Dwarf Flax 1m Early summer
Phormium tenax Flax 2m Summer
Sophora Dragons Gold Kowhai Shrub Late winter
Sophora microphylla Kowhai Small Tree Spring
Sophora tetraptera Kowhai Small Tree Srping
Tecomanthe speciosa   Climber Winter
Vitex lucens Puriri Large Tree All year


Berry and seed eating birds include Tuis, White eyes, Native pigeons, Bell birds, Kakariki

Botanical Name Common Name Size Fruiting Time
Aristotelia serrata Wineberry Small tree Summer
Beilschmiedia tawa Tawa Large tree Summer
Beilschmiedia taraire Taraire Large tree Autumn
Coprosma grandifolia Paureka Shrub Autumn
Coprosma lucida Karamu Shrub Autumn
Coprosma propinqua   Shrub Autumn
Coprosma repens Taupata Shrub Autumn
Coprosma robusta Karamu Shrub Autumn
Corokia species and cultivars Corokia Shrubs Autumn
Corynocarpus laevigatus Karaka Large tree Late summer
Dacrycarpus dacrydioides Kahikatea Large tree Late summer
Dysoxylum spectabile Kohekohe Large tree Winter
Fuchsia excorticata Konini Med. tree Summer
Hedycarya arborea Pigeonwood Small tree Summer
Macropiper excelsum Kawakawa Shrub Late summer
Melicope ternata Wharangi Small tree Summer
Melicytus lanceolatus Mahoewao Small tree Autumn
Melicytus ramiflorus Mahoe Small tree Autumn
Myrsine australis Mapou Shrub Late Summer
Nestegis species Maire Med.tree Winter
Passiflora tetrandra Passionfruit Climber Summer
Pennantia corymbosa Kaikamako Med. tree Summer
Pittosporum species   Small trees Autumn
Podocarpus totara Totara Large tree Summer
Prumnopitys ferruginea Miro Large tree Winter
Prumnopitys taxifolia Matai Large tree Late summer
Pseudopanax species   Large shrubs Summer-Autumn
Schefflera digitata Pate Small tree Autumn
Vitex Lucens Puriri Large tree Year round