Bring our Feathered Friends Flocking In

The distinctive colour and song of New Zealand’s birdlife are beautiful additions to your garden. To enjoy the sight of these captivating creatures flitting between branches, simply providing regular food sources will bring our feathered friends flocking in. Food for birds is at its most scarce over the cooler months, so is the ideal time to establish regular supply in your backyard.

Wild bird’s diet varies between species - some are mainly nectar feeders such as tui and bellbirds whereas others like fantails and starlings prefer insects and bugs (which can be a great helping hand to gardeners!). Other species like finches and sparrows are mainly seed eaters. However in winter when natural food sources are low, many wild birds will eat seed.

If you are considering planting a bird-friendly garden, kowhai - a winter-flowering tree is a firm favourite with tui. Other popular native options include: puriri, New Zealand fuschia, harakeke flax, corokia, wineberry and pohutukawa. Protea, viburnum, red flowering gum, and pyracantha are exotic plants that provide birds with food over the cooler months.

In addition to planting, specialist feeders like the Tui Nectar Feeder - for nectar feeding birds like tui and bellbirds - provide an instant food source. It is nice and bright like a nectar flower to attract the birds. Simply mix up a sugar solution by dissolving 200g of white sugar in 1 litre of warm water. Once cool, pour it into the feeder and hang on a sturdy tree branch for the birds to discover.

Tui’s range of Feeders and Seed has been specially designed to tempt a variety of birds into your garden. All feeders are of a high quality construction, are weather resistant, easy to clean, and have a simple to fill design. Tui Wild Bird Seed Mix is a natural product, free from artificial colours and flavours and is the perfect companion to the Tui Wild Bird Feeders.

Tui Tips:

  • To attract a variety of birds, combine bird-friendly planting with both a Nectar Feeder and Seed Feeder.
  • Be patient – it can take time for the birds to find new food sources.
  • Keep feeders topped up with seed so the birds can rely on it as a source of food throughout the seasons.
  • Regularly clean, dry and replace seed/nectar in your feeder to keep our wild bird population healthy.
  • Be aware rats, stoats, possums and similar predators can harm birdlife in your garden.

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Bring our Feathered Friends Flocking In Comments

  • I purchased this orange Tui bird feeder and am very disappointed. It was expensive, and despite doing everything correctly, the Tuis never went near it (& I have many around).


  • Hygiene is very important with the nectar feeders. Scrub in hot soapy water at least every 2nd day. Aspergillas fungi can form if the feeder is not properly cleaned and aspergillas kills the birds


  • I have a tui nectar feeder close to the house in a young rhododendron tree the Tuis,Bell birds and waxeyes love it.In a maple close by I have a seed container and the sparrows and waxeyes share that.My husband and I just love being able to sit and watch our feathered friends feeding right by our door.I had a seed bell given to me and it worked well until it got down below 1/2 way then the last part fell off.

    Dawn Kruishoop

  • Hi Lynda, we are very sorry to hear you have been disappointed by your Tui Nectar Feeder. If you have a lot of Tui around already It could be the case that you have plants/trees with nectar, and the Tui prefer these to the feeder. Alternatively it can take a while for birds to get used to new feeders and to try them, so it would be worth leaving it up, to see if they find it. Thanks for getting in touch, and best of luck, Gemma - Tui Team


  • Hi Dawn, that's great to hear that the birds are enjoying your Tui Nectar Feeder! Sorry to hear the seed bell fell apart though, if you would like to get in touch via email ( we can discuss with our QA manager. Thanks for getting in touch, Gemma - Tui Team


  • I'm not sure how much the Tui bird feeder holds but we have 6 Tui, 2 bellbirds and 50+ waxeyes and they drink 6 ltrs per day!

    Ian Goldsmith

  • We buy wild bird seed and every morning throw plain rice bread and any thing else the birds eat.It is lovely to watch .Doves, about 25 , sparrows and finch enjoy the seed.The starlings enjoy all the other goodies we have made a stand with a bowl filled with fresh water and a high stand so the finches and some sparrow feed there .Our cat knows not to go near.If she sees me with a glass of water she runs for the hills


  • Can these be bought online directly from you? If not what stockists do you have for these in Dunedin?

    Maria Jackson

  • Hi Maria, Tui doesn't sell online but Nichol's Dunedin, Bunnings Dunedin and Mitre 10 Mega Dunedin have recently ordered the Tui Nectar Feeder. We suggest calling the store first to check they still have the feeder in stock. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • I have had several of your seed bell product (purchased from Palmers Garden Centre) but- my issue with this product is that the bottom half falls off once birds have eaten through it midway up. The red plastic core seems to be very narrow all the way down. My suggestion - if at all possible - would be to extend the bottom half ie make the prongs longer so that the seeds adhere to it better.


  • Hi Margaret, thank you for your feedback and suggestion. This is very useful to Tui Products and will be passed along to our Quality Assurance Manager. Kind regards, Jenna - Tui Team


  • I found the same thing as Lynda but the white eyes loved it and unfortunately so did the wasps so I have brought it in while the wasps are around. Very disappointed but I have heaps of other birds, especially in winter, I feed with a mixture I put into containers e.g. coconut shells which I hang on the trees. Last winter I saw birds which I had never seen in our backyard before.


  • Hi Norma, thank you for getting in touch. We are sorry to hear you are disappointed with the Nectar Feeder. We can confirm that this product does work and that we regularly get positive feedback about birds feeding from these nectar feeders however it can take some time for birds to become aware of these as a food source and start to use them in the garden. How long this actually takes varies and will depend on things such as the type of birds that you have in your garden, the placement in the garden, the time of year and the other available food sources in the area. The native birds which typically use these nectar feeders are Tui. If you already have Tui around your garden there is a better chance of them identifying the nectar feeder as a food source and starting to use it. Placement of the feeder is important and should be somewhere that the birds would feed from a natural food source such as in a flowering tree. Please persevere with using the feeder, following the instructions for making up the sugar water solution. You could try putting honey around the feeding outlets to encourage birds to use the feeder which can be effective and when birds become aware of this food source they will start feeding from it. Wasps shouldn't be able to reach the nectar with the Bee Guard feature on the feeder. Can you confirm if the wasps were reaching the nectar? Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team.


  • Tuis have not come near my feeder either


  • Hi Janet, thank you for getting in touch. It can take some time for birds to become aware of these as a food source and start to use them in the garden. We suggest following the above advice we gave to Norma. Thanks, Tui Team.


  • I have one of these at home , Ihave to fill it every day. The other day there were 10 Bell birds and 6 Tui .The noise was so loud .. I have found the product very good.


  • Hi Wayne, that is wonderful to hear. Thank you for sharing this feedback. Enjoy, Tui Team


  • I would like very much to "make" my own nectar "sugar water" feeder. Can you post a HOW TO so we can make our own please ?


  • Hi Thelma, thanks for your feedback. We don't have a specific guide to making your own feeder for nectar feeding birds as we have a specialised Nectar Feeder product. We have seen people make their own out of containers in photos on our Facebook page. The sugar water would need to be accessible for the birds but also keep other insects out as they can be attracted to the sweetness of the water - that's why we recommend our Tui Nectar Feeder as it has a patented Bee Guard which prevents bees and wasps from reaching the nectar. To make your own sugar water dissolve 200g of white sugar into 1 litre of warm water. Once cool, pour sugar water into the feeder. If possible, place in or near a nectar flowering tree. Thanks, Tui Team


  • Just take the cover off the bottom part they prefer the open dish without the top and they empty mine twice a day


  • My Tui nectar feeder was useless for 12 months - tuis not interested. I had my granddaughter paint the flower petals red with Model enamel & instant success! Could you make them with red flowers?

    Barbara Jones

  • Hi Barbara, that is very interesting. Thank you for sharing this feedback, we will take this into consideration. Happy gardening ^Tui Team


  • We have tuis and now kaka visiting the feeder. The kaka manage to get their lower beak into the hole and scoop up some nectar that way. 2 issues - the hook only fits over branches that are too small to properly support it - I have to replace it with a bigger hook. The main problem though is that with any amount of wind, the feeder swings about and most of the liquid sloshes out ( I live in Wellington!) The birds are not impressed when they turn up and the feeder is empty! Any suggestions would be welcome.


    • Hi Bea, thank you for getting in touch with this feedback. It sounds like windy Wellington isn't making it easy to position your feeder. Can you confirm it is the Tui Nectar Feeder you are referring to or the Mason Jar Feeder? ^Tui Team

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    • Hello. It's the Tui Feeder. I've partly resolved the issue by attaching bungee cords to the "platforms" and hooking these round nearby branches, which stops the feeder swinging in the wind. A nearby tui got quite aggressive when it thought I was interfering with its food supply, but fortunately returned to feed straight away.


  • Hi, I seem to have issues with wasps taking the sugar syrup. Does anybody else have that problem? I don't seem to have any tui's yet. I have taken my one down because of the wasps. Please help.

    Alida Wheat

  • My feeder leaks as the tui's land on it. Does anyone have a suggestion for stopping this happening? I have to fill the feeder ever few days because of this.

    Vanessa Burton