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It also depends on the type of sunflower seed. There are now three types, Grey Stripe which is what should be fed to birds and is not as bad as everyone thinks and not as high in fat. This is the type that can be found de-hulled and sold as a health food snack.
Then there is Black Sunflower. This is an oilseed and what they produce Sunflower Oil from. This one should not be fed to birds. It is much higher in fat. This is often used in bird seed mixes as it is cheaper and more readily available.
The new third type is Black Stripe which is a cross between the black and the grey stripe. Not as high in fat as the black but not as low as grey stripe. This can be fed to birds in small quantities and is preferable to the black.
The mix I use contains grey stripe sunflower at a ratio of around 10%, I feed it to all my birds from the budgies right up to the Cockatoo's. I certainly have no problems with using it and don't have any obese birds from it.
Fed in moderation grey stripe sunflower seed is fine.