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West Michigan born and raised since 1989!
West Michigan born and raised since 1989!

Pure Flight Chronicles: What Bird Food Attracts Which Wild Birds?

About Pure Flight: Pure Flight is Chow Hound’s own brand of wild bird products featuring feeders and suet. Made for bird lovers by bird lovers.

From orioles and titmice to starlings and meadowlarks, the United States currently boasts one of the most diverse bird populations in North America. Our country is actually home to more than 1100 bird species, and each of these species has its own preferences when it comes to what they eat. If you enjoy alluring birds into your backyard so you can observe and get to know them, you can benefit from getting to know what types of birdseed and feed can attract which types of wild birds. 


Woodpeckers are constantly in search of protein-rich food sources, which means they are especially attracted to nuts and insects. You can attract a lot of types of woodpeckers by placing something packed with peanuts in your bird feeders, or you could put out a pecan suet cake for a high-energy treat. Another thing to note if you do put out a peanut-rich bird food—bluejays are also attracted to peanuts, especially those still in their shells. 


The songbird is perhaps one of the largest families of birds found in North America. This group includes a long list of popular, easy-to-attract birds, such as: 

  • Robins 
  • Orioles
  • Finches 
  • Chickadees
  • Wrens 

Songbirds can have a diverse appetite, but most of them will be attracted to seeds and berries. Therefore, a good wild bird food mix that contains things like hulled sunflower seeds, millet, and nyjer is a good choice. 


Unlike other birds, hummingbirds tend to be attracted to nectar. These tiny birds use so much energy to make their winds move so quickly, so they have to feed frequently when they are on the move. You can attract them to your yard and help the birds supplement their energy by putting out hummingbird feeders filled with liquid nectar that you can make from a mix. 


Technically, cardinals are songbirds, but these birds can be a little harder to attract to your yard because they prefer a select collection of seeds. Look for a good cardinal blend feed that contains black oil sunflower seed, cracked corn, and safflower seeds.


Bluebirds are one of the most common birds found along the eastern half of the United States, and these little birds can be a joy to have around. If you really want to get these brightly colored birds to your feeder, opt for a bluebird-specific mix. Bluebirds love suet dough, especially if it is filled with bits of sunflower seed and fruit.

Always Opt for High-Quality Bird Food 

Whether you are all about getting warblers and grackles to come by for a visit or you just want to see the occasional bluejay, you can probably find a bird food option to make that happen. Always be sure to pick high-quality brands to give the birds the healthy ingredients they need to support their health. Take a look at our collection of wild bird food and feeders at Chow Hound to get just what you need.