What trees should I plant to attract birds?

Most local trees attract birds and fruiting trees are the most popular with the feathered folk. Personally, I like to grow trees from the Ficus family – Pipal, Banyan etc. – which are a positive haven for all kinds of birds in the height of summer – when many other trees are bare. Also, a not-so-pretty tree that attracts birds in large numbers is the Red Silk-Cotton [Bombax mulbaricum]. The burst of flowers that they generate in early summer will attract birds like the Rosy Pastor in large numbers. Please look for local trees as far as possible (see previous question for reasons).