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Which Type Of Sunflower Seed Is Best For Wild Birds?

Which Type Of Sunflower Seed Is Best For Wild Birds?

Sunflower seeds for birds are a firm favourite and arguably one of the most essential parts of any meal, no matter the season. There are lots of different sunflower seeds on the bird food market, which we understand can be difficult to navigate. However, what specific type of sunflower seed is best for wild birds? This blog aims to break down the types of sunflower seeds and what we believe to be best to offer to wild birds. See our blog sunflower seed feeding guide.

Of course, if you are lucky enough to attract wild birds using sunflower seeds, be sure to log it into the Birdspotter app!

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Different Types Of Sunflower Seeds

When bought at high quality, sunflower seeds are a staple ingredient in any bird seed mix. Year-round, sunflower seeds attract an abundance of wild birds to gardens across the UK. There are several different types of sunflower seeds for birds.

Sunflower Hearts

Sunflower hearts and sunflower heart chips are a no mess, no grow option for attracting wild birds to your garden. This specific type of sunflower seed is easy to feed and incredibly versatile. This makes it a much-loved type of seed for both garden owners and birds! Due to the husks having already been removed, sunflower hearts are a firm favourite amongst birds during nesting season as they are easy to eat for fledglings.

Sunflower hearts are high in:

  • Protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin B
  • Iron
  • Potassium

No matter the season, sunflower hearts are a brilliant option when it comes to attracting wild birds all year round. They provide the right amount of energy and fats to keep birds warm in winter and are also easily digestible for baby birds during the summer breeding and nesting seasons.

Black Sunflower Seeds

Full of essential oils and high in nutritional value, black sunflower seeds for wild birds are the perfect addition to your garden. Sometimes referred to as ‘black oil sunflower seeds’, these seeds are ‘meatier’ than other types of sunflower seeds for birds.

Due to their much higher oil content, black sunflower seeds are a firm favourite as they keep birds’ feathers in great condition year round. Like sunflower hearts, black sunflower seeds are a great choice to have in your feeder no matter the season.

Which Type Of Sunflower Seed Is Best?

The simple answer is a mixture! Both different types of sunflower seeds offer great nutritional value to wild birds all year round. To get the most out of birds feeding with sunflower seeds, we suggest using a mixture of different types, offering wild birds the most efficient amount of energy in their food.

It is no secret that sunflower seeds are favoured by an abundance of wild birds and so no matter the type, they are absolutely a brilliant addition to your bird feed.

Your best bet? Buying a bird seed mixture with different types of sunflower seeds - that way you are sure to appeal to the many wild birds around your garden.

Sunflower Seeds At Kennedy Wild Bird Food

At Kennedy, we understand the importance and efficiency of sunflower seeds for wild birds. 

That’s why our sunflower seeds are of the highest quality and are among the lowest priced in the UK. We firmly believe that good quality bird seed is the key to keeping birds healthy and your garden popular.

Want to know more about the importance of sunflower seeds for wild birds? Need some advice on which type of seed is best for your garden, or how to feed them?

Our team of experts are on hand to answer any queries you may have regarding sunflower seeds for birds or feeding wild birds as a whole.

Get in touch with our team today.

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5th Jul 2023 Rachel Weinhold

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