Plants For Birds
Native plants help support our birds throughout the year.
Bring birds to your home today by growing native plants. With Audubon's Native Plant Database, you can find the best plants for the birds in your area. Growing bird-friendly plants will attract and protect the birds you love while making your space beautiful, easy to care for, and better for the environment. Explore all of our native plant resources here, including our factsheets on creating a native plant garden and how it can save you money. And, if you’re attracting birds using native plants, you will want to ensure that your space is bird-friendly in every way. Visit our Reducing Collisions page to learn more about protecting birds from collisions with glass.
So You Have Your List of Native Plants. Now What?
Doing a little prep and research before you go to the nursery will save headaches and ensure you build the best habitat possible.
Bird-Friendly Plants FAQ
Got questions? We have answers.
The Center for Native Plants
Growing healthy communities for birds and people together
How to Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly
Make your yard or patio a safe haven for birds in the face of climate change. Native plants provide ideal habitat and food.
Yards With Non-Native Plants Create ‘Food Deserts’ for Bugs and Birds
New research finds that Carolina Chickadees require a landscape with 70 percent native plants to keep their population steady.
A Guide to Luring Warblers, Tanagers, Orioles, and Grosbeaks to Your Yard
A birder's run-in with unexpected warblers taught him how migratory songbirds use native trees and plants.
Grow These Native Plants So Your Backyard Birds Can Feast
Native plants beat even the best bird feeder. Here’s what to put in your garden to transform it into a year-round wonderland.
Brighten Up Your Balcony or Patio with a DIY Native-Plant Garden
Even apartment dwellers can lure birds to their windows with container gardens. Here's how to get yours ready for spring migration.
Making Seed Balls to Help Birds
With this simple DIY, you can spread the power of native plants far and wide.
New Research Further Proves Native Plants Offer More Bugs for Birds
The study found that oaks and other native trees deliver a major chunk of the Carolina Chickadee’s insect-intensive diet.
Hummingbirds at Home
How to Create a Hummingbird-Friendly Yard
A little water, a few flowers, and a few perches will bring these tiny dynamos to visit.
All Plants for Birds Stories
How One Neighborhood Saved Millions of Gallons of Water With Native Plants
May 09, 2017 — By installing water-saving appliances and less thirsty native plants, this Colorado community saved 15 million gallons of water in just one year.
From Goats to Grandparents: How One Audubon Chapter Is Making a More Bird-Friendly Community
March 07, 2017 — Whether it's renting goats to clear out invasive plants or making a new assisted-living facility greener, Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon is making a difference.
To Turn a Schoolyard Into an Outdoor Classroom, Just Add Native Plants
February 21, 2017 — With the help of Audubon Minnesota and some controlled fires, a local school recently restored an overgrown field into original prairie habitat.