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, sunflower hearts

Pigeons, doves:
Millet, cracked corn, wheat, milo, Nyjer, buckwheat, sunflower hearts

Meat scraps, hamburger, suet

Plant nectar, small insects, sugar solution

Suet, meat scraps, sunflower seeds and hearts, cracked corn, peanuts, fruit, sugar solution, millet, mealworms

Peanuts, sunflower seeds and hearts, suet, meat scraps, cracked corn, safflower, mealworms, citrus, grapes/raisins

Crows, magpies, and nutcrackers:
Meat scraps, suet, cracked corn, peanuts, leftovers, dog food, safflower, mealworms, sunflower seeds and hearts, citrus, grapes/raisins

Titmice, chickadees:
Peanut kernels, sunflower seeds and hearts, suet, peanut butter, mealworms,

Suet, sunflower hearts and seed, peanut kernels, peanut butter, mealworms,

Wrens, creepers:
Suet, peanut butter, peanut kernels, fruit, millet, mealworms, sunflower hearts and seeds

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

Robins, bluebirds, other thrushes:
Suet, mealworms, berries, chopped fruits, soaked raisins, currants, nutmeats, sunflower hearts, citrus

Suet, suet mixes

Berries, chopped fruits, canned peas, currants, raisins

Suet, fruit, sugar solution, chopped nutmeats, mealworms, sugar solution

Suet, fruits, sugar solution, mealworms, grapes, raisins, citrus

Cardinals, grosbeaks, pyrrhuloxias:
Sunflower seeds and hearts, safflower, cracked corn, millet, fruit

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

Sparrows, buntings:
Millet, milo, sunflower hearts, black-oil sunflower seeds, cracked corn, peanuts

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

Halved oranges, apples, berries, sugar solution, suet, suet mixes, currants, mealworms

Finches, siskins:
Nyjer, sunflower hearts, fruit, peanut kernels, suet

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