Hummingbird Feeders

Comparing Hummingbrid Feeder Types

There are two basic types of hummingbird feeders: the inverted or bottle feeder and the saucer feeder.  The choice of which type of hummingbird feeder you should select is entirely up to you, as they will both successfully attract hummingbirds.  Each type of hummingbird feeder has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, so it is my hope that by knowing what they are you can make a much more informed decision about which type of hummingbird feeder best meets your personal needs.

Inverted or bottle feeders:

  • It is easier to check the nectar level of this type feeder.
  • This type of hummingbird feeder usually has a larger capacity which means less frequently having to fill it.
  • This type of feeder is more likely to leak and therefore far more likely to attract insects.
  • This type of feeder may be more difficult to clean and fill.

Saucer feeders:

  • This type of feeder is easier to assemble, fill and clean.  This means you will more likely maintain it.
  • If you wish, this type of feeder can be mounted to a pole or railing.  This can make it easier to view the birds that will be visiting it.
  • This style of feeder has a smaller capacity and must therefore be filled more frequently.
  • This feeder is harder to be spotted by the hummingbirds in your area.

Having a hummingbird feeder up is one of the simplest ways to attract hummingbirds to your yard.  Now that you have the information listed above, go out and select the type of feeder that best meets your needs.  You will be glad you did so and so will the hummingbirds.  Happy hummingbird watching everyone!

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