COMPLETE GUIDE: WHICH BIRDS PREFER WHAT FOOD

There are a lot of different bird species and they all have different preferences when it comes to food. Some like to eat insects, while others eat nuts, and some eat seeds. Birds, especially in urban and more developed areas, may find it harder to find natural food on their own. Having a bird feeder and supplemental food that helps birds find nutritional content, is a great way to provide more nutritional food variety for birds. It also gives you greater control over which birds come to your feeder.

If you are looking forward to attracting specific birds to your feeder, it is important to know what to feed the birds you are trying to attract. With the help of the information in the article below, you hope you will be able to attract more birds.

Finches

Finches like to eat the following food:

  • Fruits

Sparrows

Sparrows like to eat the following food:

PHOEBES

Phoebes like to eat the following food:

Hummingbirds

They need more sugary water than anything else. If you can arrange nectar, they will return soon. They also eat small insects as well.

Hummingbirds like to eat the following food:

Woodpeckers


Woodpeckers like to eat the following food:

  • Fruits
  • Meat scraps

Nuthatches

Nuthatches like to eat the following food:

  • Peanut butter

Doves

Doves like to eat the following food:

  • Buckwheat
  • Wheat

Quails

Quails like to eat the following food:

GoldfinchES

Goldfinches like to eat the following food:

Crows

Crows like to eat the following food:

  • Meat scraps
  • Citrus

Nutcrackers

Nutcrackers like to eat the following food:

  • Meat scraps
  • Citrus

JAYS

Jays like to eat the following food:

  • Meat scraps
  • Citrus
  • Raisins

MagpieS

Magpies like to eat the following food:

  • Meat scraps
  • Citrus

Pigeons

Pigeons like to eat the following food:

  • Buckwheat
  • Wheat

WrenS

Wrens like to eat the following food:

  • Peanut butter
  • Fruits

ChickadeeS

Chickadees like to eat the following food:

  • Peanut butter

TitMICE

Titmice like to eat the following food:

  • Peanut butter

Creepers

Creepers like to eat the following food:

  • Peanut butter
  • Fruits

Thrashers

Thrashers like to eat the following food:

  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Chopped fruits

Catbirds

Catbirds like to eat the following food:

  • Raisins
  • Currants

Bluebirds

Bluebirds like to eat the following food:

  • Citrus
  • Currants

Mockingbirds

Mockingbirds like to eat the following food:

  • Raisins
  • Currants

Robins

Robins like to eat the following food:

  • Citrus
  • Currants

Warblers

Warblers like to eat the following food:

KingletS

Kinglets eat suet and insects. They eat insects during the warmer seasons when insects are available.

Kinglets like to eat the following food:

Waxwings

Waxwings like to eat the following food:

  • Chopped Fruits
  • Raisins
  • Currants

TanagerS

Tanagers like to eat the following food:

  • Chopped Fruits
  • Raisins
  • Citrus

Cardinals

Cardinals like to eat the following food:

  • Millet
  • Fruits

TowheeS

Towhees like to eat the following food:

  • Nutmeat

Buntings

Buntings like to eat the following food:

StarlingS

Starlings like to eat the following food:

BlackbirdS

Blackbirds like to eat the following food:

Juncos

Juncos like to eat the following food:

  • Nutmeat

Orioles

Orioles like to eat the following food:

  • Orange halves

Siskins

Siskins like to eat the following food:

  • Fruits

VIREOS

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Vireos like to eat the following food:

  • Berries

Grosbeaks

Grosbeaks like to eat the following food:

  • Millet
  • Fruits

SWALLOWS

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Swallows like to eat the following food:

  • Berries

Pheasants

Pheasants like to eat the following food:

COWBIRDS

Cowbirds like to eat the following food:

  • Milo
  • Oats
  • Rice

Pyrrhuloxias

Pyrrhuloxias like to eat the following food:

  • Millet
  • Fruits



BELOW IS A GENERAL RECAP ON FOODS THAT BIRDS LIKE TO EAT

The most popular supplemental foods to offer birds include: