The simplest way to attract birds is to hang bird feeders in your backyard where they can see them. Sooner or later they'll fly in for a visit. There are many different types of feeders available, each having distinct advantages and disadvantages. The abundance of bird feeder styles and types can be a bit overwhelming. Types of seed feeders include hopper, tube, and platform feeders. Other types of feeders not designed for seed include hummingbird feeders, suet and fruit feeders.