Updated at: 18-06-2023 - By: Jane Brody

You’d be surprised to learn that finches will use nectar feeders as well as seed feeders, so long as both types of food are readily available to birds of varying finch compatibility.

Finches prefer seed feeders made of translucent plastic or glass that are stocked with sunflower or thistle seeds. Like a Finch Sock, which is made of a plush fabric but must be hung in order to be admired for what it truly is, a potential visitor may be hesitant to touch it. Since finches are seed eaters, any feeder that provides a seed diet will attract finch families.

Bird Seed For House Finch

In order to attract a certain kind of Finch, your choice of feeder must be a fan favorite of that finches.

If you want finches, which include House Finches, American Goldfinches, and even the occasional Evening Grosbeak, you’ll need to make sure they already live in your yard before putting up a feeder.

If you want finches to come to your feeder, put thistle seeds in it. If you want house finches to come, put sunflower seeds in a feeder that can accommodate them, or just put some out in the open.

In the meanwhile, if you have a window seed feeder full of little thistle seeds, American Goldfinches will gladly share it with their relatives.

Thistle seeds and sunflower seeds are favorites of finches, and if you have a lot of them at your feeder, you might need a bigger one.

The best choice would be an open-air bird feeder with a panoramic window or a seed feeder in the shape of a hexagon, both of which use a wider tray surround to protect a variety of seeds from the elements.

In addition to helping all of the most common types of songbirds, the tray is very helpful for finches.

When refilled with tiny black thistle seeds, a Finch sock feeder might be an enticing alternative to a clear tube seed feeder made of plastic.

Finches like window seed feeders

House Finches, like the one in the picture, are regulars at bird feeders that distribute seed through glass tubes, like this one made of wood.

Family groups of finches frequently congregate at bird seed feeders in the yard.

Whatever type of clear tube feeder you use, finches will appreciate a perch or tray large enough for them to perch on while they snack on sunflower or black thistle seeds, respectively.

A hopper-style bird feeder simplifies feeding time and is frequently visited by finches, while a bigger, spherical, panoramic feeder is favored by larger birds.

The Finch family would benefit more from a seed feeder hung from a tree branch, while the more conventional bird feeder pole might be used if desired.

Sunflower, thistle, and Nyjer seeds can be found in inexpensive seed mixes that should be offered in any seed bird feeder.

To ensure that your finch population thrives, simply maintain a seed supply in your conventional window tube feeder.

If no Finches are visiting your feeder, it could be because you aren’t providing enough food for them. Seeds are essential if you want to attract Finches, but you can also attract them by putting out suet cakes.

Prioritize sunflower seeds

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House Finches like this one are frequently seen enjoying themselves at seed bird feeders, specifically those that contain sunflower seeds.

If you want the greatest chance of seeing your feeder-using finches, you can’t go wrong with high-quality sunflower seeds.

Finches like the larger, wider window feeders where the sunflower seeds are exposed to the weather, rather than the long transparent tube window seed feeders.

Whether you choose to use a dedicated sunflower seed bird feeder—basically a wire bird feeder—or a window tube feeder, which filters the seeds out onto a tray that can be accessed from the outside, the choice is yours.

If you want to attract the most number of finches to your feeder, sunflower seeds are your best bet.

Smaller black seed combinations, such as Nyjer seeds or what are similar thistle seeds, are a great substitute for solely supplying sunflower seeds.

Both of these can be found in a Finch sock, and they are much preferred by American Goldfinches because to their small size.

In the wild, Finches will pick through a bag of bird seed to find the varieties they want to eat, so you can save money by feeding them a cheaper seed mix.

It’s great that you’ve decided to provide finches with a feeder of their preferred variety, but keep in mind that the birds won’t utilize it unless you regularly stock it with their preferred food.

Wide tray or perch compatible

House finches, like this one, may have difficulty using a seed bird feeder without an open tray to perch on, but it is certainly doable.

Finches are only seen on a small number of bird feeders, so if you want to attract them, it’s worth your time to put out a window tube seed feeder.

Now, I’ll mention that the type of feeder Finches choose to perch on can either be available to all birds or much more exclusive, using a smaller, shorter perch that is located near the seed feeder port holes.

When Finches crowd up against a long hanging seed feeder, the perch can appear too short, creating an awkward situation during feeding.

Despite the fact that this is true, it is also important to note that finches can use these feeders successfully even though the perch is too short for some birds.

Nonetheless, there is no danger in providing a Finch with a window tube food bird feeder that is designed with a lengthy perch.

In addition, a seed feeder with a circular tube and a tray that doubles as a perch and a feeding tray is ideal.

Finches prefer a particular type of window tube seed feeder known as a panoramic or hexagon seed feeder.

A Finch, along with other backyard bird species, may be seen perched on the wide wooden perch that is part of this hanging seed feeder’s design. This design is typical of hopper-style seed feeders constructed of wood.

Feeder made to hang

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While Finches can utilize any feeder, hanging feeders are particularly popular with sightings of Lesser Goldfinches.

To begin, I’ll tell you that the finch family is one of the most enthusiastic groups of bird feeder users. They’ll happily take use of any feeder, whether it’s pole-mounted or designed to hang.

However, given my current living arrangements, I can’t recall the last time I saw a Finch, or should I say a House Finch, that wasn’t eating from a hanging seed feeder.

To that end, I advise making use of a hanging bird feeder stocked with seed.

Why? Because in the wild, Finches eat largely buds, berries, and seeds, which can be easily provided by a hanging bird feeder placed in a tree, a setting that is both familiar and pleasant to Finches.

Most tube-shaped seed feeders for birds are designed to be suspended from a long piece of wire or a chain from a window.

It’s fortuitous, then, that if the problem of squirrels ever arises, you’ll already be in the habit of hanging a seed-filled feeder, from which you can introduce squirrel deterrents such as a squirrel baffle.

Regardless, Finches are known to use bird feeders, such as a suet cake feeder affixed to a pole.

Also, finches will occasionally use a window bird feeder that clings to glass and is packed with seed.

Ideally, a Finch bird feeder should hang from a low branch in your yard, but a bird feeder pole might suffice in a pinch.

Open dish is welcoming

Feeding finches is as easy as placing seed or suet on a flat surface in your yard, or using a platform bird feeder or wire mesh tray that is exposed to the outdoors.

If you already have a lot of finches visiting your yard, specializing in feeding them could be a terrific idea.

While it’s great that you want to attract finches to your yard, you should be aware that a seed feeder specifically designed for finches may exclude other seed-eating birds from your yard.

Giving Finches access to seeds in an open bird feeder is a safe bet.

This type of bird feeder, known as a platform bird feeder, is ideal for providing a flat surface upon which various types of wild bird food can be displayed, although it can be a bit of a pain to use when it’s raining.

The Finch family, as well as most other popular backyard birds, will appreciate an open top dish, especially in hard times.

There are no barriers in place, and Finches can land freely on the open platform or perch on the lip of the pole-mounted wire mesh dish.

It’s a common misconception that Finch bird feeders must have a certain color or style, but finches will land on any open platform as long as it has the seeds they prefer.

Seed-filled Finch sock

To hang a Finch Sock from a tree branch and attract American Goldfinches is a simple and effective way to attract these birds to your yard.

A soft mesh Finch sock, hung from a tree branch for cover, is the best feeder for finches, in my opinion.

What is a Finch Sock? It’s a soft netted-like mesh covered in tiny holds for Finches to push their bills in and pull out their favorite small black thistle seeds this time; larger sunflower seeds would be too big to fit in a sock.

To draw in American Goldfinches and other seed eaters, hang a Finch Sock from your feeder. Other birds, such as Chickadees and Titmice, may also take advantage of this cozy perch.

The tiny black thistle seeds, often known as Nyjer seed, are the only seeds appropriate for filling a Finch Sock.

Thistle seed is enjoyed by many species of birds, not only the popular bird feeder Finches. In fact, any member of the Finch family will eat it if given the chance, so long as it is not in a feeder.

Many species of finches and other common songbirds are attracted to thistle-filled Finch socks, so purchasing one may be worthwhile.

You may either purchase a plain white sock and hang it from a piece of string, or you can buy a specialized Finch Sock feeder, which features a dome that serves as a rain cover and also provides a means of hanging the sock safely from a branch or bracket.

Feed on Hummingbird feeder

House Finches may be observed at the nectar-filled port wells of the feeder, but this hummingbird is not sociable and will not share its perch with another species.

Finches can be drawn to a thistle or sunflower seed-filled window tube seed feeder, but they are also frequently observed perched on top of a hummingbird feeder.

Hummingbird feeders aren’t just for hummingbirds; other birds in the yard will find the sugar water attractive, too.

Which isn’t surprising given that Finches, like many other species, frequently visit bird baths to drink water and preen their feathers.

It’s no surprise that a finch will visit a hummingbird feeder in search of some sweet nectar, even though a finch feeder is likely to be hung nearby (albeit not right next to the feeder).

I wouldn’t recommend getting a hummingbird feeder if there are no hummingbirds in the area, but if you do provide food for hummers, keep in mind that finches may occasionally perch on the feeder.

Finches should still only be fed thistle or sunflower seeds in a window tube feeder, and hummingbirds should only be fed at their designated times of year.


Finches, or at least the bird feeder-frequenting members of the finch family, prefer feeders made of clear window tubes loaded with seed.

Sunflower and tiny black thistle seeds are favorites of finches, so it’s no surprise that they like feeding from a glass tube seed feeder.

While a Finch may find a perch on even the smallest seed feeder, we can make things easier for them by using a seed bird feeder known as a panoramic or hexagon seed feeder.

You might also prioritize hanging feeders if you want to find out which types of feeders Finches prefer, but this is by no means required.

House Finches, in particular, may feel at home in a window tube seed feeder hung from a tree branch, as this mimics the type of natural habitat in which finches seek for food.

The American Goldfinch, like with other finches and songbirds, preferred a soft mesh Finch Sock to a commercially produced plastic window tube seed feeder.

The small thistle seeds that finches like can be stored in a Finch Sock, a soft fabric feeder with holes that can be readily cleaned by turning the sock inside out.

Even though we now know which bird feeders finches prefer, it’s important to remember to provide food for other common birds as well.

In addition to the traditional seed-filled bird feeders, which are typically hung from a tree limb or bird feeder pole bracket, you may also provide an open-top platform bird feeder or metal wire mesh tray, which both provide unrestricted access to the food for all of the visiting birds.

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