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Types of Bird Feeders

Posted by Jane | Added on : September 30, 2008 07:13am | Last edited: October 27, 2009 7:18pm | Viewed 2923 times | 0 Comments


One of the easiest ways of attracting birds to your garden is by using a bird feeder. Choose a bird feeder depending on the kind of birds you want to attract. Some feeders supply seeds while some are meant for supplying liquids. Here are some of the types of bird feeders to help you choose the one that is right for you.

Platform feeders are the most basic ones. It is just an open tray filled with seeds. It may optionally have a compartment for water. Birds like this because it is open and can help the birds to keep a watch on their enemies. It s not very desirable because it does not offer any protection from rain, wind and other animals like squirrels.

Hopper feeders maintain the openness of the platform feeders to some extent and also provide shelter from rain and wind. Seeds are put into the feeders from top. Birds can perch on the base on all four sides and peck away at the seeds.

Tube feeders are cylindrical in shape and can be mounted on a pole or hung. Birds especially love these feeders because these feeders come with tiny perches on the sides for the birds to perch on and eat the seeds. Thistle feeders are special tube feeders meant for smaller seeds.

Suet feeders are rectangular wire cages in which a cake can be placed. These are very popular among woodpeckers who love to nibble on cakes.

Hummingbird feeders are specially designed for humming birds who love sweet nectar. These are shaped like tubes with an opening at the bottom from which the birds drink the nectar.

These are some of the bird feeders which are widely available. Do a survey of your neighborhood and buy a bird feeder which suits the birds in your neighborhood. You may have to buy more than one kind to attract a variety of birds.



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