What Foods for What Birds?

The experts at Bird Watcher’s Digest have compiled this informative food and seed list to help you attract the birds that you want to your feeders.

Quail, pheasants:
Cracked corn, millet, wheat, milo

Pigeons, doves:
Millet, cracked corn, wheat, milo, niger, buckwheat, sunflower, baked goods

Meat scraps, hamburger, suet

Plant nectar, small insects, sugar solution

Suet, meat scraps, sunflower hearts/seed, cracked corn, peanuts, fruits, sugar solution

Peanuts, sunflower, suet, meat scraps, cracked corn, baked goods

Crows, magpies, and nutcrackers:
Meat scraps, suet, cracked corn, peanuts, baked goods, leftovers, dog food

Titmice, chickadees:
Peanut kernels, sunflower, suet, peanut butter

Suet, suet mixes, sunflower hearts and seed, peanut kernels, peanut butter

Wrens, creepers:
Suet, suet mixes, peanut butter, peanut kernels, bread, fruit, millet (wrens)

Mockingbirds, thrashers, catbirds:
Halved apple, chopped fruits, baked goods, suet, nutmeats, millet (thrashers), soaked raisins, currants, sunflower hearts

Robins, bluebirds, other thrushes:
Suet, suet mixes, mealworms, berries, baked goods, chopped fruits, soaked raisins, currants, nutmeats, sunflower hearts

Suet, suet mixes, baked goods

Berries, chopped fruits, canned peas, currants, raisins

Suet, suet mixes, fruit, baked goods, sugar solution, chopped nutmeats

Suet, fruits, sugar solution, mealworms, baked goods

Cardinals, grosbeaks, pyrrhuloxias (a type of cardinal):
Sunflower, safflower, cracked corn, millet, fruit

Towhees, juncos:
Millet, sunflower, cracked corn, peanuts, baked goods, nutmeats

Sparrows, buntings:
Millet, sunflower hearts, black-oil sunflower, cracked corn, baked goods

Blackbirds, starlings:
Cracked corn, milo, wheat, table scraps, baked goods, suet

Halved oranges, apples, berries, sugar solution, grape jelly, suet, suet mixes, soaked raisins, and currants

Finches, siskins:
Thistle (niger), sunflower hearts, black-oil sunflower seed, millet, canary seed, fruits, peanut kernels, suet mixes

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