Are Sugar Feeders Healthy for Bananaquits?


Bananaquits (Coereba flaveola) are commonly called ‘Sugar Birds’ in the Virgin Islands. (Photo by Gail Karlsson)

Many people like to attract the local bananaquits by putting out sugar or sugar water. But some people ask if that is actually good for the birds.

I have been one of those questioners. It is certainly fun to have an eager bunch of birds waiting for you to get up in the morning and fill the feeder. Still, for a long time, I resisted getting a feeder because I thought the bananaquits were better off finding their own food in a normal bird

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