Black Oil Sunflower Seed is
the Best Choice for Attracting Birds

I have found that seed eating birds prefer black oil sunflower seed over any other seed offered.


If you want to see this for yourself, place two bird feeders side by side. Fill one with sunflower seed and the other with any other kind of seed. The feeder with the sunflower seed will always be empty first.

Why do so many wild birds prefer it?

  • The softer outer shell makes it easy for smaller birds get to the meat.
  • The seed also boasts a high concentration of oil. Birds will use their oil glands to spread the oil over their feathers to keep them buoyant, dry and warm in the winter.
  • The kernel inside the shell is large, so birds get more food per seed.

Why do I like it?

  • It almost always guarantees a wide variety of birds at my bird feeders.
  • Sunflower seed can be used in almost any style wild bird feeder.


Proper storage of sunflower seeds is very important. I like to store my seed in a plastic garbage can. It keeps the seed dry and protects it from mice and other pests.

The large hulls can accumulate under your feeders very quickly. There are a few things you can do to deal with this.

I simply scoop them up and toss them into the compost pile.

Another way is to purchase sunflower seeds without the hulls. Purchasing the seed this way does cost more but it eliminates the mess.

I like to make the wild birds work for the food. It causes them to hang around my feeders a little longer.

There are many other types of wild bird seed, learn more here.

Black oil sunflower seed will attract many types of wild birds, learn more here.


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