What is Niger Seed?
Niger seed (often called Nyger Seed or Nyjer Seed) is a small black seed from the Guizotia flower, a pretty and dainty yellow bloom that is native to Africa. Combine Niger Seed with other seeds to provide your birds with a more varied diet. It’s perfect for treating the small birds in your area and is particularly loved by goldfinches.
You might see Niger Seed referred to as 'Thistle Seed', but they're actually two different seeds. It is thought that this misconception came about because the seeds look similar and goldfinches love both Niger Seed and Thistle Seed!
A little known fact is that Niger Seeds actually have shells, so if you what looks like seed on the ground, it's not your birds throwing them away. It's actually the shells (husks) of the seeds!