Birds will eat your leftovers. Even if the fruit is too old for you to eat, birds will enjoy the treat. The sugars give them much-needed energy throughout the year and the juices provide a soothing effect on their throats during migration. Fruit is such a rich nutrient source for birds, why don’t we serve more of it?
Next time you make banana bread, serve those overripe bananas to the birds. Be sure to peel the bananas a little so they have easy access to the soft insides and place on a platform feeder. You may be surprised at the variety of species you see. You can serve fruit as is or mix into a custom suet blend.
Dozens of birds eat fruit year-round, yet others switch to fruit only diets for winter. Fruit-eating birds are known as frugivorous, which Merriam-Webster defines as “feeding on fruit.” Which begs us to ask: are your backyard birds frugivorous? What fruits do they prefer? Experiment with different fruits to find the most fruitful selection for your backyard birds, pun intended.