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Best Bird Feeders For Cardinals

I love watching birds flying and playing around in my backyard. We get mostly robins, but in the winter, we see quite a few cardinals. Oh, how pretty they are! So, in order to keep them coming, I decided to look for the best bird feeders for cardinals.

Cardinal perched on feeder

If you feed them they will come 😉

Features Of  The Best Bird Feeders For Cardinals

Window Bird Feeder House with Sliding Feed Tray
  • Premium quality materials and constructions
  • 100% squirrel proof
  • No assembly needed
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Kaytee Birders' Blend
  • Excellent and high nutrition
  • Attracts a wide variety of birds year-round
  • Includes a variety of songbirds' favorite grains
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Valley Splendor Cardinal Blend Bird Seed
  • Rich blend of cardinals' favorite seeds
  • Designed to fit sunflower and seed tube feeders
  • Available in 7-pound damage resistant polywoven bag
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Morning Song Cardinal Wild Bird Food
  • For use in hopper or platform feeders
  • 20 lb bag
  • American made
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Squirrel Buster Standard Squirrel-proof Bird Feeder w/4 Metal Perches
  • Squirrel proof
  • Made of chew proof materials
  • Designed to be dismantled by hand into individual components 
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Stokes Select Metal Hopper Bird Feeder
  • Metal hopper bird feeder
  • Durable and designed to be squirrel-resistant
  • Elegant roof and ornate
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Grateful Gnome - Yellow Winged Window Bird Feeder
  • No batteries required
  • Uses suction cups to attach on windows
  • Made of acrylic
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Nature Gear Window Bird Feeder
  • Easy to refill
  • Made from premium crystal
  • Performs well in diverse weather conditions
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No/No Red Cardinal Bird Feeder
  • Attracts both clinging and perching birds
  • Adds style and function to any outdoor area
  • Made of metal, it can stand up to squirrels
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Since cardinals are bigger birds, when choosing a bird feeder for cardinals, you need to remember their size. It’s hard for cardinals to maneuver around a tube-type bird feeder, small bird feeders or if the feeder doesn’t have the right perch.

 To encourage cardinals to stick around in your backyard, create the right environment for them:

  • initially, you may want to throw some seed on the ground
  • if you have smaller bird feeders, attach a large plate underneath your feeders, so cardinals can feel safe
  • create a cardinal feeding station on a solid/stable place. You can use a tree stump, a storage shed’s windowsill, or create a stand just for the cardinal bird feeder

What should you put in the cardinal bird feeder?

Cardinals love large seeds. Offer them any of the following and they’ll be happy.

  • Sunflower
  • Rapeseed
  • Safflower
  • Millet (red, golden)
  • Cracked corn
  • Peanuts
  • Flax seeds
  • Canary seeds

Of course, if you have berries and fruits in your garden, they might feast on those too, as well as insects from your vegetable garden.

Kaytee Birders' Blend, 8-Pound BagKaytee Birders’ Blend, 8-Pound BagAmazon buy buttonValley Splendor Cardinal Blend Bird Seed, 7 lbsValley Splendor Cardinal Blend Bird Seed, 7 lbsAmazon buy buttonMorning Song 11341 Cardinal Wild Bird Food, 20-PoundMorning Song 11341 Cardinal Wild Bird Food, 20-PoundAmazon buy button

Squirrel proof bird feeders for cardinals

Squirrels have a way to get into just about any bird feeder in our backyard.

I have to admit: sometimes I love watching them do their thing. They are a lot of fun, but they are also destructive both in the garden and in my feeders.

Here’s some help keeping squirrels away from your feeders.

I looked around and found several cardinal feeders that seem to be squirrel proof. In my opinion, being squirrel proof makes these the best bird feeders for cardinals.

Squirrel Buster Standard 5Squirrel Buster Standard 5Amazon buy buttonHopper Bird Feeder, Copper FinishHopper Bird Feeder, Copper FinishAmazon buy buttonSquirrel Proof Window Bird FeederSquirrel Proof Window Bird FeederAmazon buy buttonWindow Bird Feeder, Sliding Feed Tray,  Weatherproof Design,Window Bird Feeder, Sliding Feed Tray,  Weatherproof Design,Amazon buy button

Best Cardinal Bird Feeder

No no red cardinal bird feeder c00322

This is, hands down, one of the best cardinal feeders there are. It’s big, sturdy and holds about 2.5 pounds of seed.

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With over 1600 reviews on Amazon, this cardinal feeder it’s worth looking at. Want to see what people think about it? Check out the reviews here.

Brome 1024 squirrel buster plus wild bird feeder with cardinal perch ring

Another favorite cardinal bird feeder, the Brome 1024 squirrel buster plus wild bird feeder with cardinal perch ring comes with a lifetime warranty. If something breaks, just call the company and they’ll send a replacement at no cost to you.

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With over 2700 reviews, it might be the one for you.

As you can see, there are several bird feeders that are great for cardinals. Get one that suits your needs the best, and enjoy watching thee beautiful birds in your backyard.

Related: Hanging bird feeders that you and your birds will LOVE!

Oh, I noticed many birds just run into our windows and some get hurt. My friend LeAura rescued a baby cardinal that collided with their back porch window. See pictures and a video of the rescue here. That baby cardinal is so adorable!

A cardinal bird sitting on a bird feeder

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Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project. Check out her books below:

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