How Much Do Birds Weigh?

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How to Attract the Birds You Want to Your Weight-Sensitive Feeder, While Discouraging Red and Gray Squirrels, Chipmunks and Larger Birds

Many weight-sensitive feeders on the market allow you to choose the type of birds you want. Wondering how to set your weight-sensitive feeder to keep out gray squirrels? First, you have to know their weight and adjust your feeder accordingly.

The Bird Weights of Common Backyard Birds

View the following chart to determine which birds to allow at your weight-sensitive feeder.

Please note, the birds and critters on this chart appear in order of weight with the largest appearing first. You can also adjust your view of this chart by clicking on the arrows at the top of each column to sort by ascending or descending order.

Feel free to search this list by entering the name of the bird or critter you're looking for in the "Search" box in the top right-hand corner of the chart below.
Name of Bird / CritterWeight (oz)Weight (g)
Chipping Sparrow0.413
Gray Squirrel14 - 28.2400 - 800
Red Squirrel6.9 - 10195 - 282
Northern Flicker3.9 - 5.6110 - 160
Mourning Dove3.4 - 696 - 170
American Robin2.7 - 376 - 85
Common Grackle2.6 - 573 - 142
Blue Jay2.5 - 3.570 - 100
Chipmunk2.2 - 5.366 - 150
European Starling2.1 - 3.459 - 96
Red-bellied Woodpecker2 - 3.256 - 91
Evening Grosbeak1.9 - 2.653 - 74
Cowbird1.750
Northern Cardinal1.5 - 1.742 - 48
Hairy Woodpecker1.4 - 3.439 - 96
Rose-breasted Grosbeak1.4 - 1.739 - 49
Catbird1.339
Baltimore Oriole1.1 - 1.431 - 40
Eastern Bluebird1 - 1.128 - 32
House Sparrow127 - 29
White-throated Sparrow0.926
Cedar Waxwing0.825
Orchard Oriole0.823
Downy Woodpecker0.7 - 119 - 28
Song Sparrow0.722
Tree Swallow0.720
Slate-colored Junco0.721
Dark-eyed Junco0.6 - 1.117 - 31
Purple Finch0.6 - 1.117 - 32
White-breasted Nuthatch0.6 - 1.117 - 31
House Finch0.6 - 117 - 28
Tufted Titmouse0.6 - 0.917 - 26
Carolina Wren0.6 - 0.817 - 23
American Goldfinch0.4 - 0.711 - 20
Indigo Bunting0.4 - 0.611 - 17
Black-capped Chickadee0.3 - 0.58 - 14
House Wren0.311

 

Feel free to download this chart of bird weights as a PDF file.

 

Photo featured above is the 7536 Absolute II Bird Feeder, available at duncraft.com.

 

SOURCES AND INTERESTING LINKS:

“How much do wild birds visiting bird feeders weigh?” Droll Yankees. 2019. Feb. 21, 2019. <http://drollyankees.com/how-much-do-wild-birds-visiting-bird-feeders-weigh/>.

“Weights and Wing Areas in North American Birds,” Poole, Earl L. 1938. Feb. 21, 2019. <https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v055n03/p0511-p0517.pdf>.



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