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Bread may be the “food of life” for some human cultures, but it’s not nutritious for birds. What should you be feeding your backyard birds?

Black-oil sunflower, easy to open with its thin shell and packing more oil and calories, is the single best choice for birdseed. Striped sunflower has a thicker shell,

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