The 50 Top-Rated Wild Bird Seed Formulations to Attract Lively Birds to Your Yard

Bird seed is a popular food choice for helping attract wild birds to your property, and there are many different blends available on the market.

Overwhelmingly, sunflower is the seed that attracts the widest variety of birds, and it’s a rich source of energy and protein for hungry birds no matter the season. If you’re worried about mess or sprouting seeds, look for blends that have already been shelled – as seeds won’t sprout without their hull.

In no particular order, here are 50 of the best wild bird seeds, selected based on  based on ingredients blends, quality, user reviews, and other buying considerations.

  1. Wagner’s 62059 Greatest Variety Blend

Wagner's 62059 Greatest Variety Blend

This bestselling wild bird seed features a blend of 11 different ingredients to help attract a wide variety of colorful songbirds. It includes 40% sunflower seed, and is suitable for use in tube, hopper, or platform feeders.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Available in single or multipacks
  • Easy-open design

Cost on Amazon:

  • $19.98

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  1. Kaytee Nut and Fruit Blend

Kaytee Nut and Fruit Blend

This wild bird food features a blend of various nuts and fruits to help provide birds with the energy they require, year round. It is great for attracting woodpeckers, cardinals, nuthatches and more, and features an irresistible flavor birds love.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Available in single or multipacks
  • Suitable for birds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, and even deer

Cost on Amazon:

  • $17.29
  1. Wagner’s 76027 Black Oil Sunflower

Wagner's 76027 Black Oil Sunflower

This premium wild bird seed contains nothing but black oil sunflower seeds, a favorite among songbirds of all kinds. It is thin shelled and easy for birds of all sizes to crack open, and is suitable for use in tube, hopper, or platform feeders.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Made in the USA
  • High energy content

Cost on Amazon:

  • $24.98
  1. Pennington Premium Sunflower Chips

Pennington Premium Sunflower Chips

Without the hull, there is no mess involved when feeding these premium sunflower chips to wild birds. They have been enriched with bird-kote coating with pleasant fruit flavor in order to attract a wide variety of songbirds.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Available in single or multipacks
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $6.48
  1. Kaytee Waste Free Wild Bird Food

Kaytee Waste Free Wild Bird Food

This premium wild bird seed features a unique, waste-free blend that is super concentrated in order to provide birds with year round energy. It requires less filling of feeders, and contains no sunflower hulls to create a mess on your lawn.

Key Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • 5-pound bag
  • 100% edible

Cost on Amazon:

  • $14.99
  1. Wagners 53002 Farmers Delight Wild Bird Food

Wagners 53002 Farmers Delight Wild Bird Food

Made from the highest quality grains and seeds, this wild bird seed offers an affordable option for those looking to hobby feed wild birds. It contains a blend of four different ingredients in a pleasing cherry flavor to attract a wide variety of birds.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Suitable for hopper or tube feeders
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $13.84
  1. Kaytee Basic Blend Wild Bird Food

Kaytee Basic Blend Wild Bird Food

Ideal for attracting a wide variety of backyard songbirds including cardinals, this wild bird seed blend is suitable for use in hopper or platform feeders, and contains an economical mix of black oil sunflower and millet.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Suitable for use year round
  • 40-pound bag

Cost on Amazon:

  • $26.10
  1. Pennington Select Black Oil Sunflower Seed

Pennington Select Black Oil Sunflower Seed

Developed in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this select blend of black oil sunflower seed offers a high energy food source for wild birds year round. It contains no sunflower hulls to create an annoying mess on your lawn.

Key Features:

  • 40-pound bag
  • Contains added vitamins and minerals
  • Attracts a variety of songbirds

Cost on Amazon:

  • $28.78
  1. Wagner’s 18542 Cracked Corn

Wagner's 18542 Cracked Corn

Perfect for attracting ground feeding birds and other backyard wildlife, this cracked corn is ideal for feeding on its own or mixing with other seeds for your own custom blend. The easy-open bag features a resealable slider to help keep food fresh.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Suitable for use year round
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $13.30
  1. Audubon Park 12243 Critter Crunch Wild Bird and Critter Food

Audubon Park 12243 Critter Crunch Wild Bird and Critter Food

Ideal for a wide variety of songbirds and other backyard wildlife, this wild bird seed blend features a mix corn, black oil sunflower seeds, shelled peanuts, and whole peanuts to energize all year round. It comes in a resealable bag for increased freshness, and is suitable for use in platform or table feeders.

Key Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round
  • Store in a cool, dry place

Cost on Amazon:

  • $17.02
  1. Kaytee Thistle Seed Wild Bird Food

Kaytee Thistle Seed Wild Bird Food

Perfect for attracting small songbirds such as finches, redpolls, and more, this wild bird seed features a high oil concentration that is perfect for feeding freely in order to help birds meet their nutritional needs.

Key Features:

  • Bite-sized seeds are easy for little beaks to open
  • Choice of sizes
  • Suitable for use year round

Cost on Amazon:

  • $12.95
  1. Lyric Peanut Pieces Wild Bird Food

Lyric Peanut Pieces Wild Bird Food

This wild bird food features a quality blend of shelled peanut pieces that attracts birds such as nuthatches, chickadees, bluebirds, jays, woodpeckers, and more. It contains no messy shells to create a mess on your lawn.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Packed with protein
  • Unique, stay-fresh technology

Cost on Amazon:

  • $38.74
  1. Wagner’s 62076 No Mess Wild Bird Food

Wagner's 62076 No Mess Wild Bird Food

This wild bird seed blend features a specialized mix of five delicious shelled ingredients that is suitable for feeding over decks and patios in order to attract a wide variety of songbirds. It boasts an easy-open bag, and provides excellent nutritional value year round.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Unique no-mess formula
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $29.98
  1. Chuckanut Products Premium Whole-In-Shell Peanuts

Chuckanut Products Premium Whole-In-Shell Peanuts

This wild bird food features nothing but whole, in-shell peanuts that birds and other backyard wildlife love. It provides a high quality source of energy that is suitable for feeding year round, and are raw and unsalted.

Key Features:

  • Premium quality
  • Choice of sizes
  • 10-pound bag

Cost on Amazon:

  • $31.99
  1. Kaytee Birders’ Blend, Grains & Nuts

Kaytee Birders' Blend, Grains & Nuts

This wild bird seed offers a specialized blend of various grains, seeds, and nuts that attracts grosbeaks, cardinals, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and more. It has been formulated by birding enthusiasts, and is suitable for feeding year round.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Barrier packaging to seal in freshness
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $9.99
  1. Wagner’s 62028 Striped Sunflower Seed

Wagner's 62028 Striped Sunflower Seed

This wild bird seed features nothing but 100% striped sunflower seeds in order to provide birds and wildlife of all types and sizes with a high energy food source. It is suitable for use in  tray, hopper, or platform feeders, and comes with a satisfaction guarantee.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round

Cost on Amazon:

  • $10.98
  1. Lyric Fruit & Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix

Lyric Fruit & Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix

This wild bird seed features a blend of 13 premium, all natural ingredients designed to attract a wide variety of backyard birds including chickadees, robins, orioles, blue jays, cardinals, and more. Select fruits, seeds, and shell-free nuts provide a high energy food source that is suitable for feeding year round.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Mess-free formula
  • Ideal for feeding over patios and decks

Cost on Amazon:

  • $37.99
  1. Wagner’s 62032 Cardinal Blend

Wagner's 62032 Cardinal Blend

This bird seed blend features a special mix of black oil sunflower and safflower seeds designed to attract cardinals and other songbirds. The easy-open bag features a resealable slider to help keep food fresh.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round

Cost on Amazon:

  • $11.48
  1. Wagner’s 62050 Nyjer Seed Bird Food

Wagner's 62050 Nyjer Seed Bird Food

An ideal bird seed for attracting gorgeous and talkative finches, this extra clean seed provides a quality source of energy content for backyard songbirds. It is suitable for use in specialized finch feeders, and the easy-open bag features a resealable slider to help keep food fresh.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round

Cost on Amazon:

  • $21.61
  1. Lyric Sunflower Kernels

Lyric Sunflower Kernels

This wild bird food contains nothing but 100% shelled sunflower seeds in order to attract cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, and other songbirds. It provides a high quality energy source, and is suitable for use in tube or hopper feeders.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Unique no-mess formula
  • Suitable for use year round

Cost on Amazon:

  • $19.10
  1. Wagner’s 62069 Nature’s Best Blend

Wagner's 62069 Nature's Best Blend

With a special blend of five ingredients, this wild bird seed mix comes loaded with sunflower seeds in order to attract a wide variety of songbirds to your backyard. It is suitable for use in tube, hopper or platform feeders, and boasts an easy-open bag with a resealable slider to help keep food fresh.

Key Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round
  • Satisfaction guarantee

Cost on Amazon:

  • $8.98
  1. Valley Splendor Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

Valley Splendor Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

This premium wild bird seed contains nothing but black oil sunflower seeds, a favorite among songbirds of all kinds. It is an economical choice for a high energy food source, and is suitable for use in tube, hopper, or platform feeders.

Key Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round
  • 2-pound bag

Cost on Amazon:

  • $8.93
  1. Audubon Park Nyjer Seed Wild Bird Food

Audubon Park Nyjer Seed Wild Bird Food

Perfect for attracting small songbirds such as finches, redpolls, and more, this wild bird seed features a high oil concentration that is perfect for feeding freely in order to help birds meet their nutritional needs.

Key Features:

  • Suitable for finch tube or sock feeders
  • Made in the USA
  • 10-pound bag

Cost on Amazon:

  • $27.77
  1. Lyric Bird Seed Fine Tunes No Waste Mix

Lyric Bird Seed Fine Tunes No Waste Mix

This wild bird seed boasts a delicious blend of six nuts and seeds that birds love. It features a unique, “finely cut” formula that is suitable for feeding smaller and younger birds, and won’t slow down the flow of your feeder. The resealable bag uses a unique, stay-fresh technology to keep the food fresh.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • 100% edible
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $11.49
  1. Wagner’s 62071 Finches Deluxe Blend

Wagner's 62071 Finches Deluxe Blend

This wild bird send blend features all the ingredients that finches love, in order to attract a wide variety to your feeder. This formula helps discourage feeding by larger birds and squirrels, and is suitable for use in finch, sock, or tube feeders with small perches.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Available in a reusable bucket
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $14.88
  1. Heath Outdoor Products SC-31 2-Pound Birds Blend Seed Cake

Heath Outdoor Products SC-31 2-Pound Birds Blend Seed Cake

This wild bird seed cake features a special blend of six different ingredients birds love in a compact and convenient package. It easily fits the large sized suet and seed cake feeder to provide a long-lasting, low-mess feeding option.

Key Features:

  • High energy blend
  • 2-pound size
  • Guaranteed fresh

Cost on Amazon:

  • $60.29
  1. F.M. Brown’s Bird Lovers Blend

F.M. Brown's Bird Lovers Blend

This all-natural, preservative-free wild bird seed features a blend of ingredients, including 40% peanuts and sunflower hearts, that birds can’t get enough of. It is a preferred choice of bird watching enthusiasts, and boasts a mess-free formulation that is suitable for feeding over decks, gardens, and patios.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Suitable for use year round
  • 20-pound bag

Cost on Amazon:

  • $29
  1. Morning Song 11410 Black Oil Sunflower Wild Bird Food

Morning Song 11410 Black Oil Sunflower Wild Bird Food

This wild bird food contains nothing but 100% sunflower seeds in order to attract cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, and other songbirds. It provides a high quality energy source that is suitable for use in tube or hopper feeders, and comes in an easy-open bag.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round

Cost on Amazon:

  • $45.44
  1. Wagner’s 62056 Shell Free Blend

Wagner's 62056 Shell Free Blend

This premium wild bird seed blend features a shell-free formula designed to cut down on waste and messes at the feeder. Suitable for use over decks and in gardens, it comes in an easy-open bag with a resealable slider to help keep food fresh.

Key Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round
  • 5-pound bag

Cost on Amazon:

  • $7.04
  1. Kaytee Peanuts for Wild Birds

Kaytee Peanuts for Wild Birds

An excellent source of both energy and protein, this peanut blend is useful for attracting jays, woodpeckers, cardinals, and more to your backyard feeder. It can be fed on its own or mixed with other nuts and seeds to create your own unique blend of wild bird food.

Key Features:

  • 10-pound bag
  • Suitable for use year round
  • Shelled and cleaned

Cost on Amazon:

  • $28.71
  1. Wagner’s 62010 Southwest Regional Blend

Wagner's 62010 Southwest Regional Blend

This specialized blend of wild bird seed is perfect for attracting a wide variety of the most common songbirds in the southwestern United States. It is suitable for use in tube, hopper, or platform feeders, and comes with a satisfaction guarantee.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Contains 25% sunflower and safflower seeds
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $12.27
  1. Pennington Ultra Nut and Fruit Blend Bird Seed

Pennington Ultra Nut and Fruit Blend Bird Seed

Developed in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this wild bird seed blend boasts a mix of 100% natural seeds, nuts, grains, and fruits to provide a high energy food source for wild birds year round.

Key Features:

  • 6-pound bag
  • Advanced formula promotes bird health
  • Attracts finches, cardinals, and more

Cost on Amazon:

  • $21.43
  1. prdseed Peanuts, Shelled Bird Feed

prdseed Peanuts, Shelled Bird Feed

This wild bird food features nothing but whole, shelled and blanched peanuts that birds and other backyard wildlife love. It provides a high quality source of energy that is suitable for feeding year round, and are raw and unsalted.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Made in the USA
  • Money-back guarantee

Cost on Amazon:

  • $22.99
  1. Kaytee Safflower Seed

Kaytee Safflower Seed

This wild bird seed features nothing but 100% safflower seeds in order to provide birds with a high energy and high protein food source. It is suitable for use in tray, hopper, or platform feeders, and is a favorite choice among cardinals, chickadees, and more.

Key Features:

  • Helps discourage squirrels at the feeder
  • Barrier packaging to seal in freshness
  • 5-pound bag

Cost on Amazon:

  • $13.32
  1. Cole’s HM10 10 Pound Hot Meats Seed

Cole's HM10 10 Pound Hot Meats Seed

Strange as it may sound, birds go crazy for this spicy flavored seed, with the added benefit of deterring squirrels from the feeder. It boasts a blend of nutritious sunflower meats infused with fiery hot habanero chilies, ideal for attracting bluebirds and cardinals.

Key Features:

  • 10-pound bag
  • Choice of sizes
  • Suitable for use in all types of feeders

Cost on Amazon:

  • $38.05
  1. Wagner’s 13009 Four Season Wild Bird Food

Wagner's 13009 Four Season Wild Bird Food

This wild bird seed mix contains a general purpose blend of seeds, including sunflower, in order to attract your favorite songbirds. It is suitable for use in tube, hopper, or tray feeders, and offers an excellent choice for all-season feeding.

Key Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round
  • Includes 2-pounds free

Cost on Amazon:

  • $26.21
  1. Lyric Finch Small Songbird Wild Bird Mix

Lyric Finch Small Songbird Wild Bird Mix

This wild bird send blend features a mix of all natural ingredients that finches love, in order to attract a wide variety to your feeder. This formula helps discourage feeding by larger birds and squirrels, and comes in a resealable bag to help stay fresher longer.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Suitable for use year round
  • Unique, stay-fresh technology

Cost on Amazon:

  • $9.79
  1. TMF Premium Wild Bird Seed

TMF Premium Wild Bird Seed

This wild bird seed boasts a mix of premium ingredients such as black oil sunflower seeds and safflower seeds in order to attract cardinals, chickadees, blue jays, and finches. The nutritious blend is suitable for use in hopper, tube, or platform feeders.

Key Features:

  • Suitable for use year round
  • Choice of sizes
  • Family owned and operated business

Cost on Amazon:

  • $18.90
  1. Pennington Classic Wild Bird Feed

Pennington Classic Wild Bird Feed

This classic wild bird seed mix features a blend of ingredients that birds such as cardinals and finches love. It has been enriched with bird-kote coating, and added vitamins and minerals in order to attract a wide variety of songbirds.

Key Features:

  • Suitable for use year round
  • Nutritious, economical blend
  • 10-pound bag

Cost on Amazon:

  • $49.50
  1. Cole’s BH20 Blazing Hot Blend Bird Seed

Cole's BH20 Blazing Hot Blend Bird Seed

Featuring a blend of six natural and chemical-free ingredients that birds love, this seed mix attracts a variety of birds to the feeder, while deterring pests like squirrels. It boasts plenty of high energy sunflower seeds and meats to attract a maximum variety of birds.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Suitable for use year round
  • Ideal for use in all types of feeders

Cost on Amazon:

  • $50.26
  1. Wagner’s 62008 Western Regional Blend

Wagner's 62008 Western Regional Blend

This specialized blend of wild bird seed is perfect for attracting a wide variety of the most common songbirds in the western region of the United States. It is suitable for use in tube, hopper, or platform feeders, and comes with a satisfaction guarantee.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Contains 25% sunflower plus safflower seeds
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $13.05
  1. Lyric Supreme Wild Bird Mix

Lyric Supreme Wild Bird Mix

Featuring a blend of 11 carefully selected and cleaned ingredients, this wild bird seed is ideal for attracting chickadees, cardinals, finches, and more. It contains no added fillers, and is suitable for use as a high energy food source year round.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Ideal for attracting a wide variety of birds
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $49.99
  1. Kaytee Ultra Wild Finch Blend

Kaytee Ultra Wild Finch Blend

This wild bird seed blend features a mix of four select ingredients that finches love, in order to attract a wide variety to your feeder. This formula helps discourage feeding by larger birds and squirrels, and is suitable for use in finch, sock, or tube feeders with small perches.

Key Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Preferred 3-to-1 over nyjer seed alone
  • Barrier packaging to seal in freshness

Cost on Amazon:

  • $14.79
  1. Cole’s Wild Bird Products MI20 White Millet Bird Seed

Cole's Wild Bird Products MI20 White Millet Bird Seed

An ideal choice for most ground feeding birds, this blend contains nothing but 100% white millet grain. It is suitable for use in platform feeders, and can be mixed with other ingredients to create your own special blend for use in tube and mesh feeders.

Key Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round
  • Choice of sizes

Cost on Amazon:

  • $30.07
  1. Wagner’s 62006 Midwest Regional Blend

Wagner's 62006 Midwest Regional Blend

This specialized blend of wild bird seed is perfect for attracting a wide variety of the most common songbirds in the midwestern region of the United States. It is suitable for use in tube, hopper, or platform feeders, and comes with a satisfaction guarantee.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Contains 25% sunflower and safflower seeds
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $12.27
  1. Heath Outdoor Products SC-11 14-Ounce Birds Blend Seed Cake Bell

Heath Outdoor Products SC-11 14-Ounce Birds Blend Seed Cake Bell

This wild bird seed cake comes in an appealing bell shape that is ready to hang. Its unique design provides plenty of space for birds to perch, and features 14-ounces of a high energy blend that attracts a wide variety of beautiful songbirds.

Key Features:

  • Can be used with the the Heath seed cake bell cage
  • Included hook for hanging
  • Suitable for use year round

Cost on Amazon:

  • $35.62
  1. Wagners 62067 Deluxe Treat Blend

Wagners 62067 Deluxe Treat Blend

Perfect for attracting a wide variety of beautiful songbirds, this deluxe wild bird seed blend contains 20% sunflower and safflower seeds. It is suitable for use in tube, hopper, or platform feeders, and comes in an easy-open bag with a resealable slider to help keep food fresh.

Key Features:

  • Choice of sizes
  • Available in single or multipacks
  • Made in the USA

Cost on Amazon:

  • $12.51
  1. Wild Delight Deck Porch & Patio Bird Food

This wild bird seed blend features a specialized mix of four delicious shelled ingredients that is suitable for feeding over and on decks and patios, in order to attract a wide variety of songbirds. It boasts an easy-open bag, and provides excellent nutritional value year round.

Key Features:

  • Zero-waste formula
  • 20-pound bag
  • Suitable for use in tube, hopper, or platform feeders

Cost on Amazon:

  • $40.32
  1. Kaytee Waste Free Nut and Raisin Blend

Kaytee Waste Free Nut and Raisin Blend

This wild bird seed blend features a mix of delicious ingredients designed to attract a wide variety of beautiful songbirds. It features a no-mess, sprout-free formula that is ideal for feeding over decks, patios, and flowerbeds.

Key Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • 5-pound bag
  • 100% edible

Cost on Amazon:

  • $17.71
  1. Wagner’s 62046 Backyard Wildlife Food

Wagner's 62046 Backyard Wildlife Food

Ideal for a wide variety of songbirds and other backyard wildlife, this wild bird seed blend features a mix of corn, sunflower seeds, millet, and mealworms to energize all year round. It is suitable for use in platform, table, or ground feeding, and comes complete with a satisfaction guarantee.

Key Features:

  • 8-pound bag
  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for use year round

Cost on Amazon:

  • $10.98

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