Wild Bird Food:
What Bird Seed and Other Foods Do Birds Like?

american goldfinch on nyjer thistle bird feederWhen it comes to wild bird food, there are lots of choices. Different seeds as well as feeders will attract different bird species.

 The more you know about which types of seed birds prefer, the better you will be able to attract the number and types of birds that visit your feeders. And better yet, the better you will be able to keep away nuisance birds from your feeders such as starlings, house sparrows, blackbirds among others, unless you want them at your feeders.

Use the below wild bird food preference chart as a guideline and watch the video for more info about bird seed.

Wild Bird Seed Preferences of Common Feeder Birds

  Sunflower Safflower Corn Millet Milo Nyjer Suet
Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches X X         X
Finches X X   X   X  
Cardinals, Grosbeaks X X          
Sparrows, Blackbirds X   X X      
Jays X   X   X   X
Woodpeckers X           X
Orioles, Tanagers             X
Pigeons, Doves     X X X    
Indigo Buntings X     X   X  

How To Choose The Right Bird Seed For Your Bird Feeder

A short video discussion below regarding use of wild bird seed mixes, black oil sunflower seeds, Nyjer thistle, safflower seeds and/or suet in your bird feeders.

When purchasing wild bird seed, try to buy seed that is as fresh as possible. Some seed distributors work directly with farmers, grower co-ops and seed processors to deliver the freshest and most nutritious bird seed. This isn't the cheap seed at your local discount store that been sitting in a warehouse, has lost most of its nutritional value and is full of "filler" seed that birds don't like and pick through. In the long run, you save because there is less waste and even more importantly, it's better for the birds.

Follow the below links to learn about different types of bird food and the kind of birds each will attract:

Black Oil Sunflower Seeds Bird Suet Recipes
Nyjer Seed Feeding Birds Fruit
Safflower Seed Corn Bird Food
White Proso Millet Peanut Bird Feeder
Wild Bird Seed Mixes  

Hummingbird Nectar RecipeBest Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

We've got a whole page on how to make your own hummingbird nectar, much cheaper than store-bought and better for the hummingbirds without the artificial color.

Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Want to feed birds, not squirrels? This feeder is one of best squirrel proof feeders on the market.

Remember, you do have an ethical obligation not to jeopardize wild birds with your feeders. Follow the links below in order to provide a safe feeding environment for your birds:

Precautions against Disease

Precautions against Window Collisions

Precautions against Cats

Now that you know about they types of wild bird food, learn how to build your own feeder with these Free Bird Feeder Plans and learn which type attracts what kind of birds.

Winter Bird Feeding- Learn about the best bird seedfor the birds during the cold wintertime season.

And be sure to sign up for Project FeederWatch, where you can participate in a winter-long survey of birds that visit your feeder.

Bird Feeders - Best bird feeders by type including tube, platform, squirrel proof, hopper and window bird feeders.

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