Nyjer Seed and Thistle Seed for Bird Feeders

Nyjer Seed (aka niger seed or thistle seed) is a teeny-tiny, high-oil content seed (~40%) mostly favored by finches and siskins.

Nyger Seed

In order to eliminate waste, there are special thistle feeders with very tiny holes as feeding ports.

Nyjer bird seed is an oilseed crop from the yellow flowering plant, Guizotia abyssinica (pictured), that is cultivated in Ethiopia, India, Myanmar and Nepal.

Finches Feeding from Nyjer Thistle Bird Feeder

niger flower aka nyger and thistle seed weed.

No worries! This is an entirely different plant and is heat treated as an import condition so that it can't sprout.

"Nyjer" is is a trademark of the Wild Bird Feeding Institute. A name change to eliminate product confusion and the offensive mispronunciation of the word niger.

Types of birds attracted to Niger Bird Seed:

  • American Goldfinches
  • Dark-eyed Juncos
  • Mourning Doves
  • Pine Siskins
  • Purple Finches
  • House Finches
  • Song Sparrows
  • White-throated Sparrows

Did You Know...

That Nyjer Thistle Seed is the only imported seed in the bird feeding world. Sure it costs a bit more, but if you are looking for a "finch frenzy" at your feeder, buy some pure Nyjer seed today.

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