Seed Preferences of Nongame Birds in the Rio Grande Valley

Feeding stations were established on a ranch in south Texas to determine seasonal seed preferences of visiting bird species. Seed preferences varied seasonally for most birds with black-oil sunflower, cracked corn, and milo accounting for the majority of seed consumed and for the greatest number of bird species attracted. If more than 1 type of seed is offered, then several feeders should be used to avoid competition between species and reduce wasted seeds.

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