Peanuts attract some of the most entertaining birds of all the species seen at backyard bird feeders. The acrobatic antics and maneuvers of woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, and wrens alone make it worthwhile to offer peanuts in your habitat, but many other species love peanuts, too. Birds that love peanuts include cardinals, pyrrhuloxia(s), siskins, finches, sparrows, doves, juncos, and especially jays – who love them so much they sometimes bury them for later consumption, if they can remember where they buried their "treasure!"
Feeding peanuts to wild birds is still relatively new to North America compared to Europe, where they have fed peanuts to birds for many years. However, it didn't take very long for peanut growers and producers here to recognize that the wild bird food industry was the perfect place to market the bits and pieces of peanuts that were broken in the process of being made into snack foods for humans. Today, those peanut "rejects" are commonly sold as bird food and are also found in many specialty mixes – known as "Woodpecker" or "Chickadee" – as well as the better quality wild bird seed mixes.