Wild Bird Seed

The right bird seed choices can make all the difference when attracting birds to your yard. Some songbird species prefer black oil sunflower seed while others make thistle seed their top priority. Lyric® Wild Bird Food provides all of the high-quality, nutritional elements birds seek out and in the superior seed mixes you demand.

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How to Choose Wild Bird Seed

Before you select your bird seed, you need to know two things.

First, what kind of birds do you want to attract. Specific seeds will draw in certain bird species. Second, what type of bird feeder do you have? Since seeds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, Perky-Pet® makes specialty feeders to accommodate them.

  • Sunflower Seed - Sunflower seed is the best all-around bird seed to offer. Many birds will eat sunflower seed and it provides them with excellent nutrients. There are even three varieties of sunflower seed: Black oil, striped and hulled.
  • Safflower Seed - Birds with sturdy bills, such as cardinals and woodpeckers, enjoy dining on safflower seeds. Offering these seeds can also reduce a squirrel problem at your bird feeders.
  • Thistle Seed - Thistle seed, a.k.a. niger or Nyjer®, is a dark, rice-sized seed. Many small birds, such as American Goldfinches , prefer thistle seed to any other seed variety. This seed is very oily which provides these tiny birds with tons of energy. Thistle requires a specific type of feeder to securely hold the tiny shells.
  • Peanuts - Peanuts are an abundant source of protein for many backyard birds. There are several ways to offer peanuts. Larger birds like Blue Jays , will eat whole peanuts in the shell. Peanut pieces are a great option for smaller birds, such as chickadees, nuthatches and wrens, and they can be accessible in perforated feeders . Whole peanuts (without the shell) can fit into many mesh feeders , and clinging birds, such as woodpeckers, can pull the seeds through the mesh.
  • Seed Mixes - Seed mixes provide the benefit of attracting multiple songbird species to a single feeder. With a blend of different seeds, you can cater to all types of bird preferences. Some premium seed mixes even combine dried fruits with nuts and seeds to provide extra delicious nutrition!