Bird Plants

Dec 4, 2023 | Gardening Advice


Plant species &  Birds that benefit
Abies (fir) — tanagers, grosbeaks and robins
Alnus (alder) — several including blue jay
Andropogon (bluestem)  — quail
Crataegus (hawthorn)  — cardinals, hummingbirds and other small birds
Ilex (holly) — several
Juniperus (juniper) —Juncos, sparrows, yellow-rumped warblers
Morus (mulberries) — several
Myrica (bayberry) — several
Parthenocissus (woodbine) — smaller birds
Picea (spruce) — Mourning doves
Pinus (pine) — migrating robins and warblers, mourning doves
Quercus (oak) — several
Rhus (sumac) s— ummering birds
Rubus (blackberries) — towhees, native sparrows, warblers, thrushes and buntings
Tsuga (hemlock) — chickadees, titmice, juncos, cardinals


Plant species & Birds that Benefit
Acer (maple) —  grosbeaks, bobwhites and cardinals
Alnus (alder) — mourning doves, goldfinches, bobwhites
Amelanchier (serviceberry) —  42 species! Including common flicker, red-headed woodpecker, robin, cedar waxwing, gray catbird, bluebird, towhees, chickadees, downy and  hairy woodpeckers, wood thrush, brown thrasher, scarlet tanager, red-eyed vireo and house finch
Andropogon (bluestem) —  juncos, field sparrows and tree sparrows
Aquilegia (columbine) — hummingbirds
Aster — cardinals, goldfinches, sparrows, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, towhees and indigo buntings
Betula (birch) — dark-eyed juncos, titmice, black-capped chickdees, cedar waxwings, goldfinches, purple waxwings and warblers
Campis radicans (trumpet vine) — hummingbirds
Celtis (hackberry) — bluebird, cardinals, cedar waxwing, mockingbird, phoebe, bobwhite, pileated woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, towhees and titmice
Cornus (dogwood) — downy woodpecker, gray catbird, brown thrasher, robin, wood thrush, bluebirds, cedar waxwing, grosbeaks, bobwhites, mockingbirds and sparrows
Craetageus (hawthorn) —  grosbeak, waxwings, blue jays, mockingbirds, common flicker
Empetrum (crowberries) —  robins, cedar waxwings, pine grosbeaks and many others
Fragaria (strawberry) — common flicker, wood thrush, cedar waxwings, towhees, robin, gray catbird, brown thrasher, ruffed grouse and quail
Helianthus (sunflower) — mourning doves, red-winged blackbirds, chickadees, house finches, tree sparrows, tufted titmice
Ilex (holly) — 49 species including common flicker, mockingbird, gray catbird, brown thrasher, cedar waxwing and robin
Juniperus (juniper) —  54 species including cedar waxwing, purple finch, grosbeak, yellow-rumped warbler, robin, mockingbird, wild turkey, jays
Malus (crabapple) — cedar waxwing, robin, mockingbird, purple finch, bobwhite, house finch, red-headed woodpecker, common flicker, evening grosbeak
Monarda (bee balm) — hummingbirds
Morus (mulberry) — 59 species including bluebird, cedar waxwing, northern oriole, wood thrush, yellow-warbler, red-eyed vireo, robin, gray catbird, titmice and brown thrasher
Myrica (bayberry)— 86 species including yellow-rumped warbler, white-eyed vireo, tufted titmouse, common flicker, robins, black-capped chickdee, bluebirds, gray catbird, brown thrasher, northern orioles, tree swallows
Parthenocissus (woodbine) —  flickers, red-bellied woodpeckers, tufted titmouse, eastern bluebirds, robins, thrushes, mockingbirds, brown thrashers, black-capped chickadees
Picea (spruce) —  chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches, goldfinches and cedar waxwings
Pinus (pine) — chickadees, evening and pine grosbeaks, red and white-breasted nuthatches, brown creepers, brown thrashers, pine warblers
Populus (poplar) — goldfinches, pine and rose-breasted grosbeaks, northern shrikes
Prunus (cherry) — cedar waxwing, house finch, northern oriole, American robin,
bluebird, sharp-tailed grouse, gray catbird, song sparrow, common flicker, red-headed woodpecker, cardinal and wood thrush
Quercus (oak) — chickadees, titmice, cardinals, flickers, ruffed grouse, blue jays, meadowlarks, mounring doves, wood ducks, mallards, bobwhites, downy, red-headed and hairy woodpeckers
Rhus (sumac) — 98 species including common flicker, red-headed and downy woodpeckers, chickadees, robins, bluebirds, scalet tanager, bobwhite, wild turkey, phoebe, hermit thrush, gray catbirds, brown towhee
Rosa (rose) — cedar waxwing, cardinals, wood thrush, robin, bluebird,mockingbird, grosbeak, bobwhite, goldfinch and chickadee
Rubus (blackberry) — 149 species including tufted titmice, red-headed woodpecker,  robin, wood thrush, bluebird, cedar waxwing, northern oriole, cardinals, flicker and song sparrows
Rudbekia (coneflower) —  house and pruple finches, chickadees, cardianls and sparrows
Sambucus (elderberry) — 120 species including robins, bluebirds, grosbeaks, flickers, bluejays, brown thrashers, catbirds, waxwings, doves, nuthatches and finches
Sorbus (mountain ash) — (winter food) grouse, cedar waxwings, bluebirds, gray catbirds, orioles, red-headed woodpeckers, brown thrashers and robins
Vaccinium (blueberry) — eastern bluebirds, black-capped chickadees, robins, orioles, tufted titmice, flickers, towhees, and kingbirds


Plant species & Birds that Benefit
Abies (fir) — Tanagers, grosbeaks, robins and jays
Celtis (hackberry) — indigo buntings, verdins, hummingbirds, white-winged doves, common flicker
Cornus (dogwood) — Bell’s vireos and summer tanagers
Crataegus (hawthorn) — hummingbirds, cardinals, buntings, verdins and woodthrushes
Ilex (holly) — towhees, thrashers and mockingbirds
Juniperus (juniper) — chipping sparros, robins, song sparrows, mocking birds and others
Picea (spruce)— white-croned sparrows and warblers
Pinus (pines) — robins, finches, mourning doves, magnolia warblers, white-crowned sparrows
Quercus (oak) — blue-gray gnat-cathers, orchard orioles, summer tanagers, woodpeckers, blue jays
Rosa (roses) — indigo buntings, cardinals, yellow warblers, towhees and sparrows
Rubus (black/raspberries) — indigo buntings, cardinals, yellow warblers, towhees and sparrows
Sambucus (elderberry) — warblers, grosbeaks, goldfinches
Tsuga (hemlock) — warblers, robins, juncos, veerys, goldfinches, blue jays and others

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