How to Choose the Best Hummingbird Feeder

There’s many types of sugar water feeders to choose from. Check out four of the best hummingbird feeder styles for your backyard birds.

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Saucer Feeder

Flying saucer-shaped feeders are one of the best hummingbird feeders you can buy. These backyard favorites super easy to clean and refill, and the sugar water is usually far enough below the feeding ports that pesky bees and wasps can’t dive in for a sweet snack. A built-in ant moat provides additional protection from ants.

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Horizontal Bar Feeder

Multiple ports on a bar feeder can mean many hummingbirds at once, which is always a treat. But cross your fingers that these territorial birds make friends instead of foes. Prevent any power trips by setting up several of the best hummingbird feeders around your yard.

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Classic Plastic Feeder

Hummingbird newbies can’t go wrong when you use a standard sugar-water feeder like this one. There’s nothing fancy about this backyard staple, but the plastic is easy to clean and the bright red color is extra-attractive to hummingbirds. Plus, many of these classics come with a built-in ant moat, which prevents insects from crawling inside to sample the sweet stuff.

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Artsy Glass Feeder

Add a pop of style with a glass feeder! If you already have a robust and hungry hummingbird population in your yard, try a pretty feeder with a bit more flair. Chic and stylish glass feeders, like this one, may be a challenge to clean and there’s no perch for the birds to linger. However, it’s a fun way to see how hummingbirds hover while feeding.

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Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor's degree in agricultural and environmental communications from the University of Illinois. Lori is certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener and is also a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.