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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Device
Flower Rope

The feeding methods outlined in this section require prior preparation in terms of making devices for use by the animals, including items that must be opened or manipulated to obtain food, frames to hold food items, and containers that randomly release food such as insects.

Flower Rope

Method Rope woven into a loose pleat with a hook at one end, and hung from roof. Nectar producing flowers inserted into the pleats. Alternatively, flowers may be tied to branches or fencing, though are less mobile.
Species Nectar-feeding birds, for example, Blue-streaked Lory, or flower-eating animals.
Purpose Provide natural source of nectar requiring species-specific skills and morphology to obtain food.
Pro Birds learn to obtain nectar from real flowers.
Con Must be replenished on a frequent basis. Difficult to obtain nectar-rich flowers, especially in winter.
Improvements For birds with distinct feeding morphology, should use correspondingly evolved nectar producing flower.
Comments If possible should have several entire plants within enclosure to provide constantly replenishing sources of nectar. For many. this is likely to be limited by climatic conditions and enclosure design. Greater Vasa Parrots ‘enjoy’ tearing bunches of flowers to pieces.
Frequency of Use 2-3 Times per Week, or whenever available.
Ratings Usefulness 7
Convenience 7
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 6
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