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Birds at Your Feeder

Biologists have conducted "taste tests" with birds. They have found that birds, like people, have preferences for different kinds of food. These foods can be offered selectively to help attract or discourage certain birds. They can also be used in combinations to attract a variety of visitors to your feeder.

The table below shows the preferred foods of some of Washington's most common winter birds.

Species White
millet
Red
millet
Milo Black
sunflower
Hulled
sunflower
Peanut
kernel
Thistle
(niger seed)
Cracked
corn
Suet
California Quail bullet bullet bullet         bullet  
Rock Dove (pigeon) bullet bullet bullet         bullet  
Mourning Dove bullet bullet   bullet       bullet  
Woodpeckers                 bullet
Steller’s Jay       bullet   bullet     bullet
Chickadees       bullet         bullet
Bushtit                 bullet
Nuthatches       bullet         bullet
Wrens                 bullet
Starling     bullet           bullet
House Sparrow bullet       bullet     bullet  
Evening Grosbeak       bullet          
House Finch bullet     bullet bullet        
Pine Siskin       bullet     bullet    
American Goldfinch bullet bullet   bullet bullet   bullet    
Rufous-sided Towhee bullet     bullet          
Dark-eyed Junco bullet     bullet         bullet
White-crowned Sparrow bullet     bullet          
Song Sparrow bullet