Types of Bird Food: Nectars
Almost as overwhelming as the choice of which nectar feeder to buy, is the choice of what food to serve in your feeder. Different species of birds are attracted to different nectar types.
The information below can help you make sense of the bags and bottles of nectar on the store shelves.
- Black-Oil SunFlower
- Nyjer & Thistle
- Mixed Seed
Hummingbird Nectar is a high-energy food that should be made from 100% sucrose, with no artificial sweeteners.
Instant hummingbird nectar is a powder that mixes instantly with tap water. Liquid ready-to-use and liquid concentrate nectars are available as well.
Home-made hummingbird nectar can also be prepared using one cup of sugar with four cups of water. Using a sugar substitute or honey in your feeder is not recommended.
Want to know more?
Learn how Hummingbirds rely on more than taste when deciding on how much nectar to drink.
Learn about the rest of a Hummingbird's Diet - including insects and how to make your own Hummingbird nectar.
Oriole Nectar is a high-energy food that is made from 100% sucrose, with no artificial sweeteners.
Instant oriole nectar is a powder that mixes instantly with tap water. Liquid ready-to-use nectar is available, too.
Orioles are also attracted to fruit, especially orange slices.
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