Give us our daily bread: backyard bird-feeders spend millions

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The first-ever study of New Zealanders’ bird-feeding habits has found more than 5 million loaves of bread per year are fed to birds with an estimated $12.3 million spent annually on bird food, according to researchers in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland.

But the study also found food put out for birds favours introduced species, such as blackbirds and starlings, over endemic species, with just 17% of householders providing food - for example sugar water - for natives such as tui.

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