Birdfood- Birdfood Preferences of Backyard Birds

Birdfood, usually in the form of bird seed, comes in many types and forms. Each type of bird has their favorites and least favorite type of birdfood. Find a list of seed types and birdfoodpreferences of many common backyard birds.


Choose the right birdfood

Why feed the birds?

Many bird lovers provide birdfood to help birds get through the harsh winter months, while others do so to attract many types of birds, or in some cases, a particular type of bird.

By doing a little reading you can find out what your favorite bird is attracted to. For the more enthusiastic bird lovers, you may want to build a DIY birdhouse.

Common Types of Birdfood 

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cracked corn
  • Millet
  • Canary seed
  • Safflower seeds
  • Peanut hearts
  • Thistle
  • Oats
  • Milo

Birdfood Preferences of Common Birds 

Blue Jay- Black-striped sunflower seeds.

House Sparrow- Millet (White proso).

American Goldfinch- All types of Sunflower seeds and Niger thistle.

Cardinal- Black striped and black oil type sunflower seeds.

Mourning Dove- Black, oil type sunflower, millet (white proso and red proso), and canary seed.

Song Sparrow- Millet ( white proso and red proso) and canary seed.

Tufted Titmouse- Black striped and oil type sunflower seeds.

White-Throated Sparrow- All types of sunflower seeds and peanut hearts.

Brown-headed Cowbird- Millet (white proso and red proso).

Common Grackel- All types of sunflower seeds and cracked corn

Purple Finch- Black-striped and oil type sunflower seeds.

White-Crowned Sparrow- All sunflower seeds, millet, and peanut hearts.


Millet (white proso)

Purchasing Bird Seed

Birdseed can be purchased at many stores, but what you find will be a mixture of many types of birdseed. It looks great because there is a wide variety of seeds but most of it will not be preferable to most birds.

The best solution to save money on uneaten seeds, is to buy the most popular types of seeds in bulk. The majority of the birds will eat black, oil type sunflower seeds and white millet. By buying these two types of birdfood, you will be sure to attract and feed most of the birds in your yard or garden.

"Bird Feeder Station"

Sunflower seeds

Stocking Your Bird Feeder Station

Bird feeders and Bird feeding Stations- The best way to feed your birds is to place them in a bird feeder or some type of bird feeding station. Be sure to place your feeder close to a window or patio door where you can watch them. Try to make sure the seed is in a container and, if possible, have the seeds covered in some way. This can be done by placing the feeder directly under a large tree branch, eve of sheds, in gazebos, or under protective patio canopies.

*TIP- Birds have different feeding habits. Some types will prefer eating only from the ground, others on platforms, and others in containers.

One important factor that should not be overlooked is providing a water source in your yard. This can be any type of vessel that will contain water for your feathered guests.






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