Thistle Seed (Nyjer Seed) is a very popular backyard bird treat. Thistle seed is a small, black seed that comes from the African yellow daisy. Thistle seeds are high in oil and are a very nutritious source of energy for wild birds. It is also one of the most popular of the wild bird seeds available on the market today.
Thistle seed is a more expensive seed, but many backyard birds prefer it to other seeds. You can often find the thistle seed in wild bird seed mixes, making seed mixes a more budget friendly option.
Birds that enjoy the thistle seed typically have pointed bills and can easily manipulate a tiny seed. The most popular wild birds who enjoy feasting upon the thistle seed include: finches, buntings, sparrows, redpoles, doves and many more.