Black Oil Seed by Conestogo Bird Seed Company

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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
  • Bushtits
  • 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
  • Calcium
  • B vitamins
  • Iron
  • Vitamin E
  • Potassium

This makes black oil sunflower seed a valuable and nutritious part of any bird’s diet.