Looking to attract tuis, bellbirds and waxeyes to your garden?
Yes, the Nectar Nourisher might be a mouthful to say. But, with clever design and hygiene in mind, it delivers a delicious mouthful for your local feathered friends too.
While many New Zealand natives feed on fruit and insects, tui and korimako (bellbird) prefer nectar. The Topflite Nectar Nourisher is proudly designed and made in New Zealand. Its red colour mimics the type of native flora attractive to NZ birdlife, and the functional design makes things easy for a thirsty bird once they arrive. This makes it a perfect bird feeder for attracting tūī, korimako (bellbirds), tauhou (waxeyes) and other nectar feeding birds to your garden.
- Designed and made in NZ, for NZ birds
- Fill with nectar or sugar water
- Attract tūī, korimako and tauhou.
- Hang high away from those pesky predators
Unscrew the glass bottle and fill with water, sugar water or a mix of water and Topflite Nectar Mix. Screw bottle in gently but firmly to help avoid any overflow or spillage. Important: Do not over-tighten the bottle into the feeder base thread, as it may crack. Place out of range from the local cats and, if possible, close to native trees and shrubs, which are the natural habitat for nectar loving birds.
Cleaning bird feeders is vital in order to prevent the risk of disease in your local bird population.
- Clean your feeder every time you refill.
- Wash with warm (but not hot) soapy water and rinse with cold water.
- Do not put plastic parts in the dishwasher.
- Old nectar may start to ferment. We recommend refreshing the mixture at least twice weekly.
Dimensions: Top width: 85mm, Base width: 170mm and Height: 285mm (plus hanger). Glass bottle volume is 1000ml
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Does nectar in bird feeders go stale or ferment?
Yes it does. While we humans are partial to the odd fermented beverage, old sugar water or nectar is not good for birds. Leftover nectar or sugar water should be drained from the feeder after 2 - 3 days, and the feeder should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent bacterial growth.
2) Should I use white or brown sugar for feeding native birds?
We recommend white or raw sugar. There is no scientific consensus that brown sugar offers benefits over and above white sugar, and equally, there’s no evidence it does any harm. We use raw sugar in our Wild Bird Nectar because it’s minimally processed and provides the golden colour that we know helps birds to locate a food source.
3) What ratio of sugar to water should I use in my nectar feeder?
Manaaki Whenua and other researchers recommend a sugar concentration of around 20% (one cup of sugar per litre of water) This mimics the sugar concentration of natural plant nectar consumed by New Zealand nectar-sipping birds.