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About bird feeder

Bird feeders are used to feed wild birds outdoors. They come in many different forms. People put them outside of their homes to attract a large variety of birds.

Types of bird feeders

There are many types of bird feeders and each birdfeeder may attract a different type of bird or behavior from birds. If you would like to attract hummingbirds, look for nectar feeders—often literally called hummingbird feeders or oriole bird feeders. Nectar feeders have a sweet, nectar like substance which hummingbirds, and some orioles, are fond of. Making hummingbird food is easy to do at home. Tube feeders, long tubes with bird feed inside, are favorites of birds like finches. Another common type of bird feeder is a hopper feeder. Hopper feeders are essentially platform bird feeders filled with birdfeed which encourage birds to land on the tray and "hop" while eating. These types of feeders are favored by doves, cardinals, and sparrows to name a few. Bird water feeders are good for all types of birds.

What type of bird feeder will attract the most birds?

The best bird feeder for attracting the largest number of birds is a hopper bird feeder. Hopper feeders attract a large variety of birds like finches and jays, as well as many types of chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers. However, if using a hopper feeder, be aware that other birds may be attracted to the feeder as well—including birds that may be considered pests like the American Crow. Hopper feeders may also attract other types of animals, like squirrels, deers, and raccoons. Tube bird feeders can also attract a wide variety of birds without the risk of attracting unwanted critters at the same rate as hopper feeders. Create a bird feeding station to attract many different varieties.

How do you know which bird feeder you should use?

The bird feeder you choose should be based on what birds you would like to attract—whether that be hummingbirds, finches, or jays. When choosing a birdfeeder, color is of some consideration. Natural, dull colors are preferred as they blend in with surroundings and allow camouflage from predators. Brightly colored and metallic feeders are poor choices as they offer no protection from predatory animals and will likely not attract birds for this reason.