So many people switch to feeding only black oil sunflower seeds in tube or hopper feeders. Also please note: removing the shells means the seeds will spoil quicker, so only put out as much as the birds will eat in about three days time. The birds that like these striped sunflower seeds are the big-billed seed eaters: cardinals, grosbeaks, towhees. You wonder what it is. But they do! So you will need to clean out your feeder more often than whole sunflower seeds in the shell. The larger bulk you buy, the less expensive it is. This high source of fat is especially helpful in the fall and winter months as birds try to consume extra calories to keep warm. No wonder, they are good for birds. Get 30% off your first order at when you sign up for autoship! Any bag of black sunflower seed you buy will be perfectly fine for the birds. This winter a Black Phoebe regularly ate from my hulled sunflower feeder! Now you know that not all sunflower seeds are the same. Melanie has been a birding hobbyist for years and loves feeding and photographing birds of all types. Even squirrels may not eat as many striped sunflower seeds. The striped variety is grown for human consumption, but also some bird seeds. I've put this resource together for you to answer the question: What birds are in my backyard in Pennsylvania? Others are grown for cooking oil and bird and animal feed. Then they offer mixed birdseed in tray feeders where birds can pick through the seeds to find the ones they want. How can these words all mean the same thing? Wild sunflowers have several heads. Squirrels also love black oil sunflower seeds. $24.98$24.98. Generally speaking, a 100 gram serving of dried sunflower seeds is composed of 5% water, 20% carbs, 51% total fat (in the form of oil) and 21% protein. 17 kinds with photos! Many people don’t mind having a bit of a bare patch underneath their feeder. Sometimes whole kernels are called coarse chips, kernel halves are graded as medium chips, and small broken pieces are called fine chips. Hulled sunflower seeds are more expensive than sunflower seeds in the shell. More on this below. You can even go ahead and put paving stones instead of grass directly beneath feeders. You still might want to feed black oil sunflower seeds at tube feeders for the smaller birds. In this article we will discuss which backyard birds like black sunflower seeds, why they are a good seed choice, and other tips for using them in your feeders. They will eat them, but will go for any black oil sunflower seeds first, if any are present. Black oil sunflower seeds have very thin shells, and this makes them easy for almost any seed-eating bird to crack open. That leaves only the wholly-edible kernel of the seed. The best price on Amazon for hulled sunflower seeds is 25 pounds for $35.69, which is $1.43 per pound. The kernel contains nutritious fatty acids (linoleic acid) necessary for both human and bird health. That's about 40% more. All sunflower seeds are from the same species of sunflower plant. This makes it easier for small birds to extract the kernels from the hull. The best price for hulled sunflower seeds is $1.43 per pound. Here is a short list of backyard birds that eat black sunflower seeds: That’s a pretty impressive list. [At the end of this article I link to an article I wrote on how to feed birds without the mess. If you are wondering what birds eat black sunflower seeds (also called black oil sunflower seeds due to their high fatty oil content), you have come to the right place. Attracts Wide Range of birds: Black oil sunflower seeds are probably the #1 seed for attracting the widest variety of backyard birds to your feeder. Sunflower seeds for birds are generally sold in bags ranging from 5 to 50 pounds. Like any other type of food, there are moderate and high quality varieties. High quality, Low Price: as a nutritious food, the price for these is often very affordable for a large quantity. With this noisy shaking machine!