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Best Window-Mounted Bird Feeders (To Watch Your Birds Eating)

window mounted bird feeder

Window-mounted bird feeders bring the birds up close for easy viewing. Most designs use suction cups to attach the feeder to the window, so you will have to remove any screens if you’re are going to use one. Here are the 5 best choices you can make!


Best Window-Mounted Bird Feeders

Window Bird Feeder with Strong Suction Cups

Window Bird Feeder with Strong Suction Cups, Bird Feeder Window Mount - Clear View Window Tray Bird Feeder, Bird Watching for Cats, Elderly -Clear Bird Feeder for Window Viewing-Bird Window Feeder

This clear, tough, anti-yellowing plastic window feeder has a simple but effective design. At one foot long, four inches wide, and five inches high, its size is good for a window feeder. It also has a 12 inch long perching bar that helps feathered visitors feed from a pair of six inch long trays.

These trays hold four cups of bird seed as well as mealworms, and peanuts. The open nature of this feeder makes it suitable for small birds as well as some larger birds. This makes it possible for goldfinches to come in and feed as well as Blue Jays and Northern Cardinals.

As with most window feeders, it can be attached to a window with four strong suction cups, and offers good, close views of visiting birds. The roof might not protect it as well as some other designs but it does have good draining holes.

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Nature Anywhere Premium Clear Window Bird Feeder

Nature Anywhere Transparent Acrylic Window Bird Feeder - Enhanced Suction Grip, Bird Watching for Cats, Easy-to-Clean, Outdoor Birdhouse - Perfect for Garden, Yard, & Elderly Viewing

This Nature Anywhere bird feeder looks a bit like a small house and is made of thick, clear plastic. The 10-inch height and 10-inch width work well for a window feeder. This feeder has two, separate clear plastic feeding trays, and a roof to partially protect it from the elements. When eating, birds perch inside the feeder on a small plastic bar.

Two separate trays make it possible to offer birds two different types of food. For example, one tray could hold mealworms and the other could be filled with sunflower seeds. This feature should be able to attract a wider variety of birds, but only two or three can feed at the same time.

Like a lot of window feeders, this one makes use of strong suction cups to attach it to the window. It has four, and when the feeder is correctly installed, they are capable of holding it firmly in place.

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Ermete Window Bird Feeder

ermete Window Bird Feeder with Strong Suction Cups, Large View Clear Bird Feeder, Adjustable Bird Window Feeder with Bird Seed Tray, Rain Proof Window Bird Feeders for Outside

This clear, plastic window feeder is 10 inches by 8.8 inches, and has a 3.7-inch wide feeder tray. Birds perch on a bar while eating at three separate feeding trays. An overhanging roof also protects the birds and their food from rain and snow.

Four suction cups and strong glue on two spots near the feeder tray help to firmly attach it to a window. With these attachments, this feeder can support 35 pounds. That’s more than enough to host a few birds and three trays full of seeds and mealworms!

Each tray can also be filled with different types of food to attract different birds. Due to the feeder’s small size, only a few birds can feed at the same time. However, people watching the window feeder can get really close looks!

As with most window feeders, there are also small holes in the feeder tray so water can drain out.

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Desgully Durable Metal Window Bird Feeder

Window Bird Feeder with Strong Suction Cups - Innovative Anti-Yellowing Acrylic - Largest Seed Tray on The Market - Easy to Install - Ideal Gift for Mother's or Father's Day

Unlike most window feeders, this done is made of durable, rust-proof metal. Instead of suction cups, it also uses special adhesive paper to attach it to a window. In addition, this feeder has a simple but elegant, open design with a small roof that can lend a neat touch to the exterior of a house or apartment.

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At 9.5 inches long, 4.3 inches wide, and 7.3 inches high, it can only host one or two birds at a time but that’s normal for a window feeder. They can’t be too big or they could crack the window or easily fall off.

Birds perch on the edge of feeding trays that can hold 1.7 pounds of seed and mealworms. They are also open and thus aren’t as protected from the elements. However, they are also easy to drain, and easy to clean.

This feeder’s neutral color can also help attract birds and makes for easy-going décor.

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Transparent Window Bird Feeder with 5 Extra Strong Suction Cups

Clear Window Bird Feeder with 5 Extra Strong Suction Cups, DY-SKTY Sturdy and Durable Acrylic Bird Feeders for Viewing Wild Bird Outside, as a Bird Watching Gift, Outdoor Bird Feeder, and Garden Decor

This clear but tough plastic window feeder has a simple yet effective design. It is open, has a small roof, and a feeding tray with two separate compartments. The padded edges next to the feeding tray might be more comfortable for feeding birds and provide space for three or even four small birds.

At 8 inches long, 3.4 inches wide, and 7.8 inches high, this fairly small feeder is a great size for apartments and other situations with small windows or limited space. It is also simple to install and has five strong suction cups that hold it firmly in place.

Although its roof offers some protection from rain and snow, this feeder is still open enough to get wet. However, the removable feeding tray is easy to clean and also has good drainage holes. The two compartments on the tray also make it possible to feed birds different types of seeds and/or mealworms at the same time.

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What you should know…

  • Window mounted feeders are smaller than most feeders and require re-filling more often.
  • It may take birds several days or even longer to find and become comfortable with window mounted feeders. If the birds are accustomed to using nearby feeders, they will find the window feeder more quickly.
  • Clean the window before mounting the feeder.

Related: Can birds see glass?


Window-mounted hummingbird feeders are something to look out for, too!

See more bird feeder types:

  • Dome feeders – Dome feeders are useful for protecting birdseed from larger birds and weather. They are typically used by smaller birds, who can cling to the sides of the feeder.
  • Hopper feeders – Hopper feeders are useful for holding larger quantities of bird seeds, and they can be used by a variety of bird species, including jays, cardinals, and grosbeaks.
  • Peanut feeders – Peanut feeders are useful for holding peanuts and other nut-based bird food, and they are typically used by birds such as woodpeckers, jays, and nuthatches.
  • Platform feeders – Platform feeders are useful for holding a variety of bird food. They are typically used by ground-feeding birds, such as sparrows and doves, as well as some larger birds, such as jays and cardinals.
  • Suet feeders – Suet feeders are useful for holding suet, which is particularly attractive to woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees.
  • Tube feeders – Tube feeders are useful for holding small seeds, such as nyjer, and are typically used by finches and other small birds that can cling to the sides of the feeder.
  • Bird feeders with a camera – Bird feeders with cameras are relatively new in the birdwatching scene, but these feeders allow you to identify all the different birds that visit your feeder easily.

About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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