Peanuts are probably the most familiar food to feed wild birds, except maybe for bread! And feeding birds peanuts is a great way to enjoy the antics and acrobatics of birds on your feeders.
Did you know however, that a peanut is not actually a nut at all?! Peanuts are legumes, so related to peas and beans rather than nuts. Unlike ‘other’ nuts, they do not grow on trees but are actually tubers and grow much like potatoes.
Why feed peanuts to birds?
Peanuts are highly nutritious, being rich in protein, essential fat and natural oils. They are therefore a great source of energy, especially in winter when natural food is harder to find.
Whether it’s a Robin looking for earthworms in a British garden, a Cardinal feeding on sunflower seeds in an American backyard, a stunning Rainbow Lorikeet in a bottle brush tree in Australia, or the incessant call of the Asian Koel during the Indian summer, garden birds are the easiest way for most of us to get close to and appreciate the joys of nature.
This website is about sharing the wonders of garden birds wherever you are in the world, with information about the birds and how to attract and enjoy them in your own garden. It describes the common garden birds, and how to attract them with their basic needs of food, water and shelter.