Types of Bird Feeders for Backyard Birding

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Bird Feeders can be a fantastic way to get a little bit of nature in the backyard. However, picking out on can be a bit intimidating. There are a lot of options out there for what to put out for the birds. Settling on one type of bird feeder can overwhelming.  Below are the different types of feeders which will aid in picking one out.

  • Tube Feeders- The name pretty much lets you know what to expect. These feature tubes with holes in the side to allow birds to get seeds out. Some even have pearches for birds to sit while they feed, and some have trays on the bottom to catch any seed that falls out.
  • Suet Feeders- These feeders are hanging cages that hold a solid substance called a suet cake. Suet cakes are super high in protein, which makes them appealing for insect-eating birds such as woodpeckers, flickers, and nuthatches.
  • Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders- Squirrels can be a nuisance to anyone trying to feed birds. They’ll take more than their fair share and not leave much for the birds. A squirrel-proof feeder is one with a design to keep the squirrel out.
  • Nyjer Seed Feeders- Nyjer seed, also known as thistle is a tiny seed, and as such needs a specialized feeder. Nyjer seed feeders are feeders with wire mesh small enough to keep the seeds from falling out.
  • Oriole Feeders- Orioles are unusual birds in that they only eat mealworms, fruit, jelly, and nectar.  Their feeders are often hanging trays that allow the placement of any of those foods.
  • Hummingbird Feeders- Hummingbirds eat nectar. As such their feeders come in a wide variety of styles, but they all hold nectar and dispense it through ports placed around the feeder.

That is it! These are pretty much the types of feeders out there. Hopefully, this makes picking one out much easier. Anyone of these feeders is sure to increase the number of birds in the backyard and be a great addition to your house!