Bird Feed and Bird Feeder Guide by Bird Species

Birds Of The Backyard

Wild Bird Feed & Bird Feeder Guide

Selecting the right food for the right feeder for the right bird
Published by the Wild Bird Habitat Store


Northern Cardinal
Sunflower, safflower, Nutra Safflower, peanuts, insects, cracked corn, white millet, melon seeds, raisins.
Ground, platform or hopper feeders, tube feeder with a tray.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Sunflower, Nutra Safflower, safflower, grape jelly, sugar water, insects, peanuts, raisins.
Platform, hopper or tube feeders with perches & trays.
Indigo Bunting
White millet, chopped peanuts, pecan meats, insects, thistle.
Ground, platform, or hopper feeders.
Evening Grosbeak
Sunflower, Nutra Safflower, safflower, insects, apple seed, peanuts, melon seeds.
Platform, hopper or tube feeders.
Pine Grosbeak
Mountain ash berries, cranberries, pine seeds, sunflower, apple slices, samaras of ash & maple tree, insects.
Ground or platform feeder out in the open.
Purple Finch
Sunflower, Nutra Safflower, safflower, thistle, insects, peanuts, suet mixtures, white millet.
High hanging platform, hopper or tube feeder.
House Finch
Sunflower,Nutra Safflower, safflower,  thistle, white millet, fruits, nutmeats, insects, suet & suet mixtures.
Ground, hopper, thistle, tube or window feeder.
Common Redpoll
Sunflower hearts, Nutra Safflower,, thistle, suet, insects.
Ground, platform, hopper, tube, thistle & window feeder.
Pine Siskin
Thistle, sunflower hearts,Nutra Safflower, white millet, insects, ashes, salt.
Platform, tube, thistle or window feeder.
American Goldfinch
Nutra Safflower, Thistle, sunflower hearts, sunflower, insects, weed seeds, cracked nutmeats.
Platform, hopper, thistle, tube & window feeder.
White-winged & Red Crossbill
Sunflower, Nutra Safflower, thistle, nutmeats, pine seeds, insects, salt.
Ground, platform, thistle & tube feeder.
Rufous-sided Towhee
 Sunflower, white millet, thistle, grapes, insects, suet & suet mixtures.
Ground or low platform feeder near brush or brush pile.
Dark-eyed Junco
White millet, cracked corn, sunflower hearts, insects, peanuts.Nutra Safflower,
Ground or low platform feeder.
American Tree Sparrow
 Sunflower hearts, white millet, insects, cracked corn.Nutra Safflower,
Ground, platform or tube feeder with tray.
Chipping Sparrow
Insects, sunflower hearts, peanut hearts, grass seed, white millet.
Ground or low platform feeder.
White-throated/White-crowned Sparrow
White millet, cracked corn, sunflower hearts, thistle, insects, peanut hearts.Nutra Safflower,
Ground platform or tube feeder with tray.
Fox Sparrow
Sunflower, white millet, suet, cracked corn, insects.
Ground feeder.
Song Sparrow
Sunflower, white millet, thistle, peanut hearts, walnut meats, insects.
Ground or low platform feeder.
Snow Bunting
Oat, groats, cracked corn, white millet, insects.
Ground feeder out in the open.
Ring-necked Pheasant
Corn, sunflower, safflower, oats, groats, insects, Nutra Safflower,
Throw feed on the ground. Clear area of snow.
Duck & Geese (Mallard, Wood Duck, Canada Goose)
Corn, acorns, pond weeds, insects.
Throw feed on the ground.
Purple Martin, Tree & Barn Swallow
Flying insects, chicken egg shells (crushed).
Ground feeder.
Mourning Dove
Cracked corn, white millet, safflower, Nutra Safflower, thistle.
Ground, platform or hopper feeder.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Flower nectar, insects, sugar water (4 parts water & 1 part sugar).
 Hanging & window hummingbird feeders.
Northern Flicker
Suet, fat mixtures, meat scraps, ants, cracked walnuts & pecans, orange & apple slices, corn, cherries, grapes.
Suet, log or hanging feeder.
Pileated Woodpecker
Suet & suet mixtures, peanuts, cracked corn, insects, ants.
Suet or platform feeder.
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Suet & suet mixtures, raisins, cracked corn, peanuts, sunflower, orange & apple slices, sugar water, insects.
Suet, platform, hopper, log or hummingbird feeder.
Red-headed Woodpecker
Sunflower, cracked corn, raisins, nutmeats, suet, insects, sugar water.
Ground, platform, suet, log or hummingbird feeder.
Yellow-bellied Woodpecker
Suet & suet mixtures, grape jelly, insects, sugar water.
Suet, platform, log or hummingbird feeder.
Downy Woodpecker & Hairy Woodpecker
Insects, suet & suet mixtures, peanuts, sunflower hearts, peanut butter, cracked corn, coconut, fat mixtures, nutmeats.
Suet, platform, log or hanging feeder.
Gray Jay
Suet & suet mixtures, fat mixtures, banana, grapes, insects.
Ground or platform will take food where it is placed.
Blue Jay
Insects, corn, sunflower, suet & suet mixtures, peanuts with or without shells, cracked nutmeats.
 Nutra Safflower,
Ground or platform will take food where it is placed.
Common Crow
Corn, suet, meat scraps, grain, carrion, insects.
Ground or platform will take food where it is placed.
Black-capped Chickadee
Sunflower, safflower,Nutra Safflower, suet & suet mixtures, peanuts, thistle, peanut butter, insects, sugar water.
Ground, platform or all types of feeders.
Tufted Titmouse
Sunflower, Nutra Safflower, suet & suet mixtures, nutmeats, insects, safflower, sugar water.
Ground, platform, tube, log or hummingbird feeder.
White-breasted Nuthatch
Sunflower, Nutra Safflower, safflower, suet & suet mixtures, peanuts, peanut butter, insects, pumpkin seeds.
Ground, platform, suet, peanut, window feeder.
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Sunflower,Nutra Safflower,  suet & suet mixtures, peanuts, nutmeats, melon seeds, pine seeds, insects.
Platform, tube, suet or peanut feeder.
Brown Creeper
Suet & suet mixtures, peanut butter, peanut hearts, insects.
Feed should be placed in bark crevices.
House Wren
Suet & suet mixtures, pecan meats, insects.
Ground feeder.
Gray Catbird
Raisins, currants, peanut butter, insects, banana, peanuts, apples, jelly suet.
Ground, platform, hopper or hummingbird feeder.
Brown Thrasher
Cracked corn, suet & suet mixtures, raisins, peanuts, sunflower, orange halves, white millet, insects.
Ground, platform feeder.
American Robin
Nutra Safflower, Worms, insects, apple slices, raisins, grapes, berries, cherries.
Ground, platform or hopper feeder.
Eastern Bluebird
Peanuts, pecan meats, suet & suet mixtures, raisins, insects, apple, berries, mealworms.
Platform, hopper, suet, window feeder.
Golden-crowned Kinglet & Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Suet & suet mixtures, insects, peanut butter, cracked nuts
Ground, platform, hopper, suet feeder.
Cedar Waxwing
Insects, berries, raisins, apple slices.
Platform feeder.
Red-winged Blackbird
Insects, cracked corn, white millet, sunflower, nuts, thistle, safflower.Nutra Safflower,
Ground, platform, hopper feeder.
Eastern & Western Meadowlark
White millet, cracked corn, sunflower, grass seeds, insects.
Ground or slightly elevated platform feeder.
Northern Oriole
Insects, fruit, nectar, grape jelly, white millet, orange halves, grapes, cooked raisins, sugar water (4parts water, one part sugar).
Oriole feeders.
Common Grackle
Sunflower, peanuts, corn, oats, white millet, suet, insects, grubs.
Ground, platform or hopper feeder.
Brown-headed Cowbird
Cracked corn, rice, white millet, sunflower, peanuts, pecan meats, insects.
Ground, platform or hopper feeder.
Scarlet Tanager Sliced apple, banana, cherries, raisins, jelly, white & brown sugar, suet, insects. Ground, platform, suet or hummingbird feeder.


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