Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue offers the following interim suggestions and recipes.
DO NOT FEED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. There is a feeding plan in effect. If you have any concerns about sick, injured or orphaned cassowaries please ring 4068 7183 or 0402276752.
Nectar eaters: Honey or sugar water does not provide sufficient nutrition for nectar eating birds. They must have protein as well.
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Honey-lorikeet food is available from pet shops. Place in a shallow dish high above the ground away from cats. (All cats are hunters by nature no matter how much you feed them.)
Home made options:
Mix high protein baby cereal and honey into a slurry.
Crush a high protein cereals (NutriGrain, etc.) into a pulp and mix with water and honey.
Mix peanut butter, honey and water.
Boiled Rolled oats or rice mashed up and made into a slurry with honey and water. For fruit eaters pour any of these mixtures over
chopped fresh or canned fruit—anything but citrus and pineapple. Tinned vegies can be added as well.
Fruit eating birds
(fruit doves, pigeons, figbirds, etc.) should be fed as close to their original food sources as possible (if these are still alive and will eventually fruit again). Hang dishes in fruit trees or roosting trees far from houses and cats. Chopped food - berries, pawpaw, banana, grapes, apple, mango can be sprinkled with Insectivore mix for protein.
Finch seed is good for finches, Peaceful doves and Emerald doves. Parrot mix is good for all seed eating parrots. These can be obtained found at
pet stores and supermarkets. Feed supply stores are good for purchasing large quantities.
Insect eaters shouldn't be short of food but if you
have to feed them meat, do NOT feed them mince that is not coated with something like ground eggshells, peanut butter or Insectivore mix. NEVER feed fatty meat to any wildlife. Lean meat lacks
sufficient nutritional value unless coated as well.
Wallabies, possum, bandicoots
Feed away from houses preferably near or in their native habitat
Raw rolled oats/Coarse grain/Parrot seed mix/Sweet potato/Carrots/Apples/Pawpaw/Banana/Grapes
Smear honey on food tree trunks [eucalypt, melaleuca, bloodwood] to lead them to a shallow hanging dish with high protein powder or high protein baby cereal and honey in a watery slurry.