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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Practices
Varied Diet (Nectar-Feeding Birds)

The practices outlined in this section relate to methods of food presentation that do not require the use of special materials or devices. Scatter feeds, use of specific locations, and methods of ensuring that specific animals receive required medications and dietary supplements are dealt with.

Varied Diet (Nectar-Feeding Birds)

Method Soft fruits, seeds and insects provided on most days for birds which are primarily nectar feeders.
Species Nectar-feeding birds, for example, Blue-streaked Lory.
Purpose Supplement diet with foods which would normally be obtained in the wild for nutritional balance. Enables birds to use their beaks and feet to manipulate food, with nectar only, they are limited to using their tongues.
Pro Provides a different challenge to eating nectar.
Con --
Improvements --
Comments Supplemental foods are given on a rota basis, with the birds receiving nectar-only on one day per week. Birds tend to ignore nectar when other foods are offered.
Frequency of Use 6 Days per Week.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 10
Value For Money 9
Range of Users 10
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