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The Best Sunflower Seed Bird Feeders for Your Yard

If you want to attract more birds to your backyard, you need a sunflower seed bird feeder. Birds like goldfinches and cardinals love to eat sunflower seed.

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perky pet panorama feederVia Walmart.com

Perky-Pet Panorama Bird Feeder

We love that this sunflower seed bird feeder is completely see-through, so it’s easy to know when you need to refill and clean it. A large circular perch allows multiple birds to feed at once and the roof keeps birds dry in bad weather. Four colors are available.

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red cardinal feederVia Amazon.com

Red Cardinal Bird Feeder

This attractive red feeder holds more than 2 pounds of black oil sunflower seed. And the metal mesh surface deters squirrels from chewing on the feeder. The perching ring at the bottom allows medium sized songbirds like cardinals to feed.

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squirrel buster bird feederVia Amazon.com

Squirrel Buster Sunflower Seed Bird Feeder

It’s so frustrating when you fill your sunflower seed bird feeders and the squirrels spill or eat all of the seed. Brome makes some of the best squirrel-proof bird feeders available. The perches on the Squirrel Buster are weight-activated. They close off access to the seed when a squirrel climbs onto the feeder.

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Audubon Tube FeederVia Walmart.com

Audubon Metal Tube Bird Feeder

Sometimes the best choice to attract birds is to keep it simple. A tube feeder like this one is one of the most popular types of sunflower seed bird feeders for a reason. It’s easy to fill and clean, and you will attract many different species, including chickadees, titmice, finches and grosbeaks. Make sure to look for a tube feeder with larger ports and smaller perches under the ports to serve sunflower, safflower or mixed seed.

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sunflower seed bird feederVia Amazon.com

Fly-Through Bird Feeder

We love the flexible functionality of this feeder! Birds can perch on the inside to rest before grabbing a seed to eat, as well as cling to the mesh exterior. In addition to sunflower seeds, you could also fill this feeder with shelled peanuts or safflower seeds.

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sunflower bird feederVia Etsy.com

Sunflower Seed Bird Feeder

This is the perfect bird feeder for the ultimate sunflower lover. We love that the shape mimics a real sunflower head. You could even hang it in your goldfinch garden alongside other seed-bearing plants for birds. The sunny yellow petals are so colorful and pretty!

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seed ball feederVia Chewy.com

Seed Ball Bird Feeder

A good sunflower seed bird feeder doesn’t need to be huge or expensive. This small seed ball feeder will attract small birds that love to eat black oil sunflower seeds like goldfinches. They enjoy clinging onto the metal mesh to eat seeds. More advantages: rain water will drain out and larger bully birds like grackles and starlings will have a hard time grabbing a meal.

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squirrel be gone maxVia Amazon.com

Squirrel-Be-Gone Max Bird Feeder

These jumbo sized sunflower seed bird feeders can hold up to 4 pounds of seed at once! We like that this feeder features an extra wide top, so it’s much easier to fill than a narrow tube. Flexports ensure that seed will not leak out of the openings if the feeder is shaken or disturbed.

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window bird feederVia Amazon

Window Bird House Shaped Feeder

Want to see more sunflower seed-eating birds up close? Try a window bird feeder that attaches to the glass with strong suction cups. This clear plastic design features a long perch and a removable seed tray. If you’re concerned about messy seed hulls on your deck or balcony, fill it with sunflower seed hearts or chips.

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Pennington 100509196 Cedar Hanging 2 in 1 Bird Bath & FeederVia Walmart.com

2 in 1 Bird Bath and Bird Feeder

To attract birds on a budget, invest in a product that does double duty in your yard! This cedar hanging tray bird feeder includes a removable plastic tray that instantly turns it into a bird bath. Tray bird feeders are appealing to ground-feeding birds like mourning doves and juncos, giving them plenty of space to land and eat. However, blackbirds and squirrels will also visit these feeders.

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log seed winter bird feederVia Etsy.com

Log Seed Feeder

If you want your bird feeding station to look natural or rustic, try this handmade hollowed out log feeder. Simply pour sunflower seeds into the center of the wooden log and wait for birds to flock to the feast. You could also smear peanut butter on the bark to attract woodpeckers and brown creepers.

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sunflower seed bird feederVia Etsy.com

Cedar Bird Feeder

This oversized hopper style sunflower seed bird feeder is made of durable white cedar wood. If you’re the forgetful type who doesn’t want to refill feeders often, you’ll like that you can pour an entire 5-pound bag of sunflower seeds into this feeder at once. This should be enough to feed birds such as buntings, jays and cardinals for several days. The wide, hinged roof will protect birdseed from rain and snow.

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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 enjoys growing vegetables and flowers for pollinators in her backyard gardens. She also is an avid bird-watcher.

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