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Feeding wild birds in gardens: A test of water versus food
journal contributionposted on 2015-05-01, 00:00 authored by Kelly MillerKelly Miller, V Blaszczynski, Mike WestonMike Weston
Bird feeding in residential gardens is an increasingly popular human-wildlife interaction. In Australia, the practice is discouraged by most government and nongovernment wildlife conservation agencies, although advice varies and the most common recommendation is to provide water and habitat for birds rather than supplementary food. This study compares bird abundance and diversity when residents in a Melbourne municipality provide water for birds versus food. Bird abundance was greater when food was provided compared with water, but avian assemblages did not differ.