Safflower seed's high fat content makes it a good source of energy for highly active pet birds and wild birds.
Safflower seed: (noun) A seed commonly found in pet bird and wild bird seed food mixes. Native to southeast Asia, the safflower plant (Carthamus tinctorius) has long been cultivated in India, Egypt, China and northern Africa. In North America, it is mostly grown for commercial production in Western states, such as California, North Dakota and Montana, and the Canadian prairie providences. People first cultivated safflower for its flower, which made yellow and red dye for clothes, plus for food preparation. Nowadays, it is commercially produced for bird seed (both wild and pet), meal and vegetable oil. Safflower is high in oleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. This high fat content makes it a good source of energy for highly active pet birds, but it should be offered in small amounts to less active pet birds. Wild birds that eat safflower seed are Northern cardinals, rose-breasted grosbeaks, house finches, nuthatches, mourning doves and chickadees.
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