birdseed n : seeds for birds [syn: bird food]
usually contituting a mixture from several species of plant, set
out as food for birds.
- If you set out birdseed in the winter, cardinals will be encouraged to overwinter.
Bird food is food (often varieties of seeds) eaten by birds. Humans generally make or buy bird food to feed to pet birds or use in birdfeeders. The choice of what to use as birdfood depends on the species of bird being fed.
Bird seedsBlack sunflower seeds are highly recommended for use in bird feeders because they attract a wide variety of birds, have a high ratio of meat to shell, and are high in fat content. Other common birdseeds include niger, or thistle seed, a favorite of goldfinches, millet for sparrows and juncos, and safflower for cardinals, among others.
Bird food preference charts:
birdseed in German: Vogelfutter
birdseed in Dutch: Vogelzaden