Without question, black oil sunflower seed is the most popular seed among a wide variety of backyard birds, and most birds will at least sample the seeds even if they prefer other foods. Birds that regularly eat sunflower seeds include:
- Northern cardinals and other large grosbeaks
- Tufted titmice or other tits and titmice
- Mourning doves and Eurasian collared-doves
- Gray catbirds and many thrushes
- Evening grosbeaks
- Common and boat-tailed grackles
- Black-billed magpies
- Cassin’s, purple, and house finches
- Pine siskins
- All types of goldfinches
In addition to these birds, all species of jays, chickadees, sparrows, and nuthatches will eagerly eat sunflower seeds, as will downy, hairy, acorn, gila, red-bellied, and ladder-backed woodpeckers. If the seeds are spilled on the ground, they will be quickly cleaned up by ground-feeding birds such as quail, grouse, pheasants, and turkeys.
The general nutritional components of black oil sunflower seed are:
- 28 percent fat
- 25 percent fiber
- 15 percent protein
- B vitamins
- Vitamin E
This makes black oil sunflower seed a valuable and nutritious part of any bird’s diet.
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