Not only will decking your aviary with trees and shrubs provide a great living space for your finches, it will also make a great addition to your garden. The leaves and branches will offer somewhere for your birds to hide, shelter and perch in a manner similar to that of the wild. Trees can be planted directly into the ground or can be grown in pots. The ideal tree is one that is hardy yet easy to care for. By mixing conifers and deciduous trees, you will be providing your birds shelter all year round.
The species listed below will all make a great addition to your aviary. If you include fruiting shrubs such as bilberry, blueberry or red currant, you’ll also be providing your birds with some seasonal snacks. This being said, you may want to limit the harvest by removing young berries, as too many can cause digestive problems in your birds. Many birds will find a perfect balance and won’t overdo it, but there always will be the few who won't be able to resist.
A living tree or bush looks great in an aviary - just ask these Society Finches!
The species listed below make ideal additions to an aviary. If you include a fruiting shrub such as bilberry, blueberry or red currant, you also have a seasonal glut of berries for the birds to feed on. You may want to limit the harvest by removing young berries, though, as a surfeit can cause digestive problems in birds. Many individual birds find their own balance, but some become berry gluttons.
- Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
- Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum)
- Blueberry (Vaccinium corybosum/pennsylvanicum/augustifolium)
- Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)
- Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)
- Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccus)
- Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga taxifolia and Pseudotsuga menziesii)
- Elder (Sambucus nigra or Sambucus canadensis)
- False spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia)
- Hawthorn (Crataegus monigyna)
- Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
- Ivy, Common or English (Hedera helix)
- Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica)
- Juniper (Juniperus communis)
- Larch (Laris decidua)
- Redcurrant (Ribes rubrum)
- Rose (Rosa multiflora)
- Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
- Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
- Silver fir (Abies alba)
- Snowberry (Symphiocarpus albus)
- Spruce (Picea excelsa)
- Viburnum (family Adoxaceae, lots of species)
- White currant (a Ribes rubrum variety)