Trees provide a natural atmosphere in our living area. Imagine chirping sounds, pecking of worms, flapping of wings by birds waking you up every morning. It makes the entire day pleasant for you. But urban landscapes filled with exotic trees, don’t attract birds. Here I bring you the best Bird attractive trees that make your backyard and garden really naturalistic.
#8. Mahua Tree (Madhuca longifolia)
A tropical, fast growing tree commonly known as “Illupai” best suits for Indian conditions. The edible flower attracts birds and blooms at night. It also provides excellent roosting site for birds. Apart from being attractive to birds, this tree is known for its medicinal properties. It’s oil cures skin diseases and chronic ulcers and is also used as bio-diesel.
#7. Jamun Tree (Syzygium cumini)
An Evergreen tropical tree known for it’s delicious fruits and shade giving property. Though it is a slow growing tree, it has a long life. It attracts large number of birds during its fruiting season between May to June. Besides that, Jamun fruit is rich in vitamin A and C, and cures diabetes.
#6. Ivory Wood (Wrightia tinctoria)
It is a small to medium-sized deciduous shrub or tree, ranging from 3 m to 15 m in height. The leaves of this tree yield a blue dye called “Pala Indigo”. In addition to having medicinal properties, it has an important role in traditional healing too. Plants commence flowering when about 5 – 8 years old. It grows in a wide range of soil types ranging from arid, semi-arid, gravelly or rocky soils and also in moist regions, especially on dry sandy sites or hillsides and valleys. The tree can be grown in isolation, in small corners.
#5. Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica)
Popularly known as “healing tree”, Neem tree is found in most of the home gardens of India as it attracts birds of various species like Common Myna, Yellow Vented Bulbul,etc., Birds feed on the fruits that set twice a year. It’s branches provide a good nesting site for birds.
#4. Mango Tree (Mangifera indica)
Fruits ripe in summer and attract Parrots, Cuckoos and Golden Orioles. Besides that, in full bloom stage it attracts bees and nectar-feeding birds.
#3. Bullet wood Tree (Mimusops elengi)
Medium sized evergreen tree commonly called as “Maghilam” is known also for its fragrance of flowers. The fruit is edible and has medicinal property. This tree also attracts bees, bats and birds.
#2. Indian Gooseberry ( Phyllanthus emblica)
Being a well known deciduous tree of India this tree is considered sacred by Hindus as God Vishnu is believed to dwell in it. It has been used to treat various diseases in Ayurvedic medicine therapy dating back to many centuries. The tree attracts notable attention from wildlife. It is a source of food for a number of birds and wild animals like langurs and many such herbivores in dry deciduous forests.
#1. Singapore Cherry Tree (Muntingia calabura)
This tree is generally planted as a source of timber and fuel. Its soft wood used for rural construction. It is also known as West Indian Cherry and its fruits can be eaten raw or processed as jam. It is planted as an ornamental species and also in the beekeeping industry for its flowers are a rich source of nectar and pollen. Moreover, the fleshy fruits not only attract birds but also bats, squirrels and other mammals wandering around it.
Besides the above trees, Indian coral tree, Fig tree are also attractive for birds. Birds are attracted towards trees for feeding nectar and insects hiding in the barks, for roosting and for nesting. So, to enjoy the melody of birds, to see its first flight, and to live wild in your urban space, plant these trees and flap wings to your green world !
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