Safflower seed is harvested from the safflower plant,
which is an annual that resembles thistle and has
beautiful orange flowers.
The plant is grown not only for the seed
but also for the oil content.
Safflower Seed For Wild Birds
Once the safflower seed matures and
harvested from the flower
it is ready to be fed to the birds!
The seed is small, white
angular, and hard. For reference,
they are a bit larger than a popcorn kernel and
slightly smaller than black oil sunflower.
Even though the seeds are small,
most birds crack open the hard shell to
eat the meat inside.
Some birds, like doves, swallow the whole
safflower seed.