How Can I Get Rid Of Starlings At My Birdfeeder

How Can I Get Rid Of Starlings At My Birdfeeder

Starlings at bird feeders can be a nuisance. But don’t worry! There are many ways to get rid of them. Here are some strategies that will keep the other birds happy and keep the starlings away.

  1. One way to do this is to change the type of feeder. Starlings like to go to large, open feeders. Get a tube or mesh feeder with small openings. This will stop starlings from coming and other birds can eat in peace.
  2. You can also use visual deterrents. Starlings don’t like bright lights or shiny objects. Put up reflective surfaces near the feeder. Hang shiny tape or old CDs. This will make the starlings not want to be there.
  3. Another tactic is to play predator sounds. Starlings will feel unsafe and go somewhere else. You can buy special devices that make these sounds at regular intervals.

Let me share my own experience. My finches were being bullied by a flock of starlings. I used all these tactics. The tube feeder, shiny ribbons, and predator sounds. It worked! The starlings were gone and my finches returned.

Understanding Starlings

Starlings are a remarkable bird species that can be found around the world. They have black feathers with sparkly spots that glint in the sun. To manage starlings at your birdfeeder, it is important to understand them.

Recognize their social nature. They often gather in large groups and take over food sources, scaring away other birds. They have an opportunistic feeding behavior.

Starlings are intelligent and quick learners. They can survive in many environments and find different types of food. It is hard to keep starlings away with regular methods.

Choose a birdfeeder design that does not allow starlings to access the food. Have smaller perches or wire mesh guards. Provide alternative food sources only for starlings.

Use noise deterrents like wind chimes or ultrasonic devices to keep starlings away. Make an environment that encourages diversity and limits starlings.

Understand starlings and create strategies to make sure all birds get food and you can watch a variety of birds. Manage starlings at your birdfeeder so you don’t miss out on the beauty of avian visitors.

Assessing the Problem

A birdfeeder in your backyard can be great to watch birds. But starlings can mess up the peacefulness. To fix this, we need to know what causes them to come.

We need to look at the food sources. Is the food you offer attractive? Are there other food sources nearby? This helps us know how alluring your birdfeeder is.

Next, check your feeder’s design and layout. It may attract starlings. Consider the features and if you need to change them.

Then, look at the environment around your birdfeeder. Are there anything that gives starlings an advantage? Knowing their behavior can help us with countermeasures.

Also, find out when starlings visit the feeder. If they come at certain times, adjust the feeding schedule.

We must also think about alternative feeding sites for starlings, how they adapt, and local regulations that could affect our strategies.

Now we can take action! Deterrents based on our research can help us get back our birdfeeder for the birds it was meant for. Enjoy the different birds with their colors and songs!

Choosing the Right Birdfeeder Design

For attracting feathered friends and keeping intruders away, picking the right birdfeeder design is essential. Here are some things to think about:

  • Placement: Put your feeder in an open area away from trees or structures that starlings can use as resting spots to get to the food.
  • Size and Shape: Select feeders with small openings or feeding ports that starlings can’t get into.
  • Weight-Sensitive Feeders: Use feeders with weight-sensitive mechanisms that close when a heavy bird like a starling takes a seat.
  • Squirrel Guards: Add squirrel guards to your feeders so starlings can’t eat. They create an obstacle.

Additionally, removable trays or trays with drain holes help avoid standing water that brings pests. Having multiple feeders in different places also splits up activity and lessens crowding, which starlings don’t like.

Fun fact: Caged feeders from the 1950s were made to keep starlings out, while still allowing smaller birds in. This idea still influences modern designs.

Implementing Deterrent Measures

Stop starlings from entering your birdfeeder with strategic planning. Here’s how to make a bird-friendly environment without them.

  1. Adjust the Feeder:
    • Use feeders designed for small birds with narrow openings they can’t get into.
    • Install weight-sensitive perches that collapse under the weight of starlings.
  2. Remove Attractive Features:
    • Don’t offer suet or cracked corn, which starlings love.
    • Clean up spilled seeds quickly.
  3. Install Physical Barriers:
    • Put a wire mesh cage-like structure around the feeder.
    • Place a metal collar on the feeder pole.
  4. Employ Visual Deterrents:
    • Hang shiny objects like reflective tape or CDs near the feeder.
    • Attach moving objects like wind chimes or pinwheels to scare starlings.

Persistence is the key! Apply these strategies consistently to reclaim your birdfeeder and bring back the chirpy friends. Don’t let these intruders take over and miss out on the melodious tunes. Start now and make your backyard a haven for avian bliss.

Maintenance and Regular Cleaning

For its proper functioning and the birds’ health, cleaning and regular maintenance of your birdfeeder is a must. Here are some key points to remember:

  1. Use a brush or cloth to wipe away leftover food or seeds from the feeder regularly.
  2. Clean the feeder with warm water and mild detergent. Wash all surfaces thoroughly.
  3. Rinse the feeder properly to get rid of any detergent residue before refilling with fresh food.
  4. Look for signs of damage or wear and tear like loose parts or cracks. Repair or replace them when needed.

These basics aside, there are special details to consider. Don’t just clean the feeding area – also clean other places where dirt and bacteria can build up, like perches, trays, and lids. A bird-friendly disinfectant helps prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms.

A friend of mine highlights the importance of regular maintenance in a true story. She had too many starlings at her birdfeeder. No matter how much new food she put in, it would always be empty within hours. Her solution was to clean the feeder thoroughly and found mold had contaminated the food. After proper cleaning and regular maintenance, she could watch various songbirds flock to her feeder.

Regular maintenance and cleaning keeps your birdfeeder a welcoming oasis for beautiful avian friends while keeping starlings away.

Attracting Other Bird Species

Unique ideas to consider:

  • Provide a mix of seed blends, suet cakes, and nectar for diverse birds.
  • Plant many types of plants, trees, and bushes for food and shelter.
  • Include birdhouses and boxes to encourage breeding.
  • Have clean water sources like birdbaths or ponds to attract birds.
  • Avoid using pesticides or chemicals as they can harm birds.

Keep in mind the needs and preferences of different species, as well as any seasonality factors.

History tells us that inviting a variety of birds to the feeder is an old art. Ancient people did it for symbolic reasons, while modern ornithologists do it for diversity. Fascinating both scientists and bird lovers alike.


Bird enthusiasts often face difficulty when starlings take over their birdfeeders. Here are more efficient methods to keep those unwelcome visitors away.

  1. One way is to use a selective birdfeeder. This has weight-sensitive mechanisms or adjustable perches that let small birds feed, while bigger ones like starlings can’t.
  2. You can also hang shiny objects or materials that reflect light. This confuses and scares starlings away from the birdfeeder. Examples are wind chimes, aluminum foil strips, and CD discs.
  3. Also, adjusting the feeding times helps. Starlings tend to be early feeders. So, if you put out feeders later in the morning or take them away at night, starlings will not have the chance to come.

Tip: Consistently do these techniques and show patience. Results may not be immediate, but eventually, there will be a decrease in starling activity at your birdfeeder.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: How can I get rid of starlings at my birdfeeder?

Q: Why do starlings bother my birdfeeder?

A: Starlings are highly opportunistic birds and will often compete with smaller birds for food sources, including birdfeeders.

Q: What are the negative effects of starlings at birdfeeders?

A: Starlings can scare away smaller birds, monopolize the feeder, and consume large amounts of food, leaving little for other species. Additionally, their droppings can create a mess around the feeding area.

Q: How can I prevent starlings from accessing my birdfeeder?

A: There are several effective methods to deter starlings, such as using feeders with starling-resistant openings, installing baffles or cages around the feeder, or placing the feeder in a location where starlings have limited access.

Q: Are there any specific types of food that attract starlings?

A: Starlings are attracted to a wide variety of food, including suet, peanuts, corn, and dried fruits. Avoid using these foods in your feeders if you want to discourage starling visits.

Q: Can I use chemical repellents to keep starlings away?

A: It is not recommended to use chemical repellents as they can potentially harm non-targeted birds and animals. It’s best to stick to non-toxic methods for deterring starlings.

Q: Is it legal to remove starlings from my property?

A: In many countries, starlings are considered non-native and invasive species. It is generally allowed to remove them from your property, but it is advisable to check your local wildlife regulations before taking any action.

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Julian Goldie

I'm a bird enthusiast and creator of Chipper Birds, a blog sharing my experience caring for birds. I've traveled the world bird watching and I'm committed to helping others with bird care. Contact me at [email protected] for assistance.