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

Roadrunner:
Meat scraps, hamburger, suet

Hummingbirds:
Plant nectar, small insects, sugar solution

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

Jays:
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,

Nuthatches:
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

Kinglets:
Suet, suet mixes

Waxwings:
Berries, chopped fruits, canned peas, currants, raisins

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

Tanagers:
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

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

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

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  • do birds eat rice?

    • Uncooked, straight-from-the-bag, the stuff that’s thrown at weddings? While it won’t hurt them, few birds recognize it as seed. House sparrows might, but few others. It is not recommended. Leftover cooked rice? Maybe, although they are probably unaccustomed to it and might not recognize it as food. Rice growing on the stalk in agricultural fields? Sure thing! Dawn Hewitt, Bird Watcher’s Digest

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