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Enjoyed by cardinals, jays, chickadees, nuthatches, grosbeaks, titmice, doves, finches (House, Purple), and House Sparrows.

Safflower has a nice supply of fat and protein, which provide the necessary energy and nutrition wild birds require.

  • 38% fat
  • 16% protein
  • 34% carbohydrates

Safflower seed is harvested from the safflower plant (Carthamus tinctorius), which is an annual that resembles thistle and has beautiful orange flowers.  The plant is grown not only for the seed but also for the oil content.

Once the safflower seed matures and harvested from the flower, it is ready to be fed to the birds! The seed is small, white, angular, and hard. For reference, they are a bit larger than a popcorn kernel and slightly smaller than black oil sunflower.

Even though the seeds are small, most birds crack open the hard shell to eat the meat inside. Some birds, like doves, swallow the whole safflower seed.

There is never a big mess of safflower shells to clean up, especially when compared to the massive piles of sunflower husks that accumulate under my feeders! Even though a white shell is left behind after the seed is cracked apart, they are tiny, and it just seems like they blow away, decompose, etc.