Feed Fruit-Eating Birds

A cedar waxwing eats ripe berries out of a serviceberry tree on a spring evening in Central Illinois. Cedar Waxwings travel in small flocks searching for food.

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.

For more reading, you may enjoy this article by Melissa Mayntz or this article by the Birdchick and the lively discussion that follows.

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  • Robert Bliss February 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Hello there,

    As one of your avid customers, and an avid bird photographer, I wondered if you ever need good close-up photos of wild birds, especially birds of the north-east? I would enjoy sending you a few to look at.
    I even have a good shot of a black bear attacking one of your suet cages, demonstrating the bad time to be feeding birds when bears are moving around.

    Best regards,
    Robert Bliss
    West Hurley, NY

    • Heidi Babb February 17, 2015 at 10:57 am

      We love sharing photos of birds and wildlife on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts. If you have photographs to share, we would love to see them! Please send them to: info@duncraft.com with a little information about when and where they were taken, and if we have your permission to share them on our social media sites. Thank you!