Here is our Resident Sunbird taking a sip!
For the last six months, we were trying to buy some bird feeders. We were looking for both, the seed and the nectar types as we were very interested in feeding our Malaysian Wild birds such as the Sunbird ( an alternative to the Hummingbirds which is ONLY found in North & South America).
We were very shocked to find that in Asian Countries, almost no one feeds wild birds this way! Therefore no shops sells this kind of feeders! Try going to a petshop nearby. We even tried to buy one from the Biggest Pet Store in Malaysia (at Ikano Shopping Centre, in PJ) but failed. Although most of these feeders are made in China, they go to the rest of the world but here. Still wondering why? Do we not love nature? At the rate of de-forestation, where are the birds going to go for food and water to survive ?
Here are some examples of the right feeders currently being sold in the USA & UK.
The Seed type. (below)
No, you cannot get it in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Even some members of the Malaysian Nature Society says it does not work!!!!! I wanted to buy one from them.
So we decided to make one ourself. We went to a Nick-Nack shop in Klang Parade located on the first floor. Bought the materials such as a plastic container with a cover, artificial fabric flower in bright red colour, a decorated fern like plant with small flowers, a wire basket, drinking straws and plenty of hope.
With a drill and a hot-glue gun, we assembled it. (Click on pictures to enlarge image)
It finally looked like this. Nice?
I mistakenly placed diluted honey for the first 3 days but failed to attract any birds.
Later I discovered that using honey was a no, no. Honey ferments almost immediately upon mixing with water. Today, I took it down, wash it up and placed sugar water instead.
The Sunbirds came in less than an hour!
Just watch this You Tube clip!
Now that's life! Our Malaysian Sunbirds do look like Hummers.