In the next three days we will be making available on this website three major documents on plant-bird relationship.
1. The first is a list of 349 species of plants that birds visit to obtain shelter, food, nest material, nesting site, etc.
2. The second is a list of 230 species of birds. Listed under each bird are the different plants visited for shelter, food, nest material, nesting sites, etc.
3. The third is a list of references referred to in the compilation of the above two lists.
Contributions by nature enthusiasts to the BESG website since its inception in July 2005 have made these lists possible. In addition, data from a handful of local popular books and colonial publications on birds of the region have been included.
The lists are open ended and will be updated from time to time.
It is not difficult to identify birds using field guides. Plant identification is more difficult, especially in the absence of flowers and fruits. But even then it is a challenge, except for the more common ornamentals. Thus nearly all birdwatchers and bird photographers simply focus on the birds and ignore the plants.
These lists come in useful when deciding which species of plants to grow to attract the avian fauna to the urban environment. They are especially useful when trying to lure shy forest species out from their natural habitats into parks and gardens via park connectors.