What Birds Eat Oranges from Fruit Bird Feeders?

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If you're thinking of trying out fruit bird feeders, you'll want to learn what birds eat oranges. Also learn other fruits that attract birds.

birds that eat oranges, fruit bird feedersCourtesy Karen Osadchey
Bullocks oriole eating an orange

Birds That Eat Oranges

Orioles tend to steal the show in the backyard at fruit bird feeders because of their bright colors, but other fruit eating birds like oranges, too. Look for these less showy birds that might stop by to eat oranges.

When to Put Out Oranges for Birds

You’ll have the best chance of success if you put oranges and fruit bird feeders out in spring. Try to anticipate when orioles will arrive in your backyard. If orioles heading north find a good feeding spot, they may just stick around for nesting season and beyond, which means you can see baby orioles for the entire summer.

How to Choose Fruit Bird Feeders

Perhaps one of the best things about feeding birds oranges is the low maintenance. You don’t need a snazzy feeder. Simply hammer a nail to a deck railing or fencepost and stick an orange half to the nail. Or set a couple of orange halves right in your platform feeder. Easy peasy! Here’s more ideas for DIY oriole feeders.

If you are interested buying in a special feeder for orioles, choose one that is orange colored to catch their eye as they’re flying over your yard. Some oriole feeders also offer sugar water and grape jelly.

Learn more about how to feed orioles.

birds that eat oranges, fruit bird feedersCourtesy Laurie Wachholz
Red-bellied woodpecker eating oranges

More Fruits to Feed Birds

Don’t stop at oranges. Birds who enjoy a sweet orange treat will often eat other ripe fruit, too. Put out apple halves the same way as oranges. Set an overripe banana, a couple of handfuls of grapes or even chunks of melons on a platform feeder and have fun watching which birds fill up on fruit.

If you’re offering fruit for birds, you might just attract bonus winged visitors. Some butterflies and moths are attracted to fruit, too! Here’s how to make a DIY fruit feeder for butterflies.

Also plant berry bushes, nectar plants and fruit-bearing trees to make your backyard more attractive to orioles and other fruit eating birds. Try crabapple, raspberries and trumpet vine.

Keep Fruit Bird Feeders Clean

As you can imagine, fresh fruit spoils quickly, especially in the spring and summer sunshine. Make sure to clean your fruit feeders every few days, remove moldy remains and replace with a fresh batch of fruit.

Learn how to clean bird feeders.

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