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Bird Seed Preferences of Common Feeder Birds
Different bird species have different eating characteristics. You can tailor your feeding station to your particular favorites by feeder design and the food you offer.


Birds Seed Type Feeder Type
Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker

Safflower Tray feeder, mixed seed tube feeder, hopper feeder
Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Mourning Dove, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Common Grackle, Black-headed Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Common Redpoll, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pine Siskin, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Tufted Titmouse, California Towhee, Rufus-sided Towhee, Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker

Sunflower Tray feeder, mixed seed tube feeder, hopper feeder
Black-capped Chickadee, Mourning Dove, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Dark-eyed Junco, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, Song Sparrow, Starling

Nyjer or Thistle Thistle tube feeder
Red-winged Blackbird, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird, Mourning Dove, Purple Finch, Northern Flicker, Common Grackle, Black-headed Grosbeak, Dark-eyed Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Oriole, Pine Siskin, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Starling, Summer Tanager, Varied Thrush, California Towhee, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker

Corn Mesh nut feeder, Tray feeder
Cardinals, Starlings, Chickadees, Juncos, Finches, Titmouses, Grackles, Doves and Jays

Peanuts Mesh nut feeder, Tray feeder
Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird, Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-capped Chickadee, House Finch, Purple Finch, Northern Flicker, American Goldfinch, Common Grackle, Black-headed Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Dark-eyed Junco, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Hooded Oriole, Northern Oriole, Common Redpoll, American Robin, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pine Siskin, White-crowned Sparrow, Starling, Summer Tanager, Tufted Titmouse, Varied Thrush, Rufus-sided Towhee, Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker

Suet Mixes Suet feeder and Tray feeder
Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird, Yellow-breasted Chat, House Finch, Northern Flicker, Black-headed Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Northern Mockingbird, Hooded Oriole, Northern Oriole, American Robin, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, White-crowned Sparrow, Starling, Summer Tanager, Varied Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker

Fruit Tray feeder
Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird, Black-capped Chickadee, House Finch, Purple Finch, Northern Flicker, American Goldfinch, Common Grackle, Black-headed Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Dark-eyed Junco, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Hooded Oriole, Northern Oriole, American Robin, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pine Siskin, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker

Sugar Water Small dish or butterfly feeder
Allen's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Berylline Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Blue-throated Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird, Green violet-ear Hummingbird, Lucifer Hummingbird, Magnificent Hummingbird, Plain-capped Starthroat Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, White-eared Hummingbird Sugar Water Hummingbird feeder

National Bird-Feeding Society

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