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Best Bird Houses for Different Types of Birds

You may be interested in having a bird house just for decoration, or you may be trying to attract certain types of birds.

However, if you want to attract a specific species, in most cases, you will need to build or buy a specific type of bird house. For example, Purple Martins nest in colonies and Robins nest on platforms without roofs. Most bird houses are square or rectangular and feature an entrance hole, keep in mind the size of the box and the size of the entrance hole will attract certain species.

Here are some types of bird houses that specific species nest in.

Bluebird nest boxes

Bluebird houses are quite simple, with a small entrance hole and large roof for extra protection. Bluebirds’ boxes are commonly taken over by other small birds like House Sparrows, and because their population is declining, it is important to include a cone-shaped predator baffle and monitor the activity around the nest box.

Place a bluebird box in the sun and about 4 to 6 feet off the ground.

Purple Martin Colonies

Purple Martins nest in colonies, so their bird houses are very different. Depending on how many you want to attract, you must build them in multiple levels. These bird houses are usually rounded, and should feature a protective roof as well. You can also simply hang several gourds in a cluster. This will help your chances of hosting some Purple Martins!

Purple Martin nests should be set about 40 feet from other obstacles, including trees and buildings at a height of 10 to 15 feet high.

Wrens and Chickadees

To attract Wrens, the most important aspect of the bird house is the hole. Make sure the diameter is 1 1/4” which is large enough for all types of Wrens and Black-capped Chickadees to use, but too small for House Sparrows. Tree Swallows will also use this type of house.

Wren bird houses should be attached to a tree or a pole. The house should be placed close to or within some cover. The height can be anywhere from 3 feet to 10 feet off the ground. Black-Capped Chickadees also prefer a well-covered bird house.

Robins

If you would like to watch Robins, Barn Swallows or Phoebes nesting, you won’t need a bird house. Often considered a bird of spring, Robins begin their breeding cycles shortly after returning to their summer range. Their iconic pastel-colored eggs are unmistakable as well.

Robins, Barn Swallows and Phoebes nest on shelves or ledges — and often in locations that seem intrusive to human activities. However, you can attract them to areas you want by building a platform yourself.

All you need is a platform floor with a little border around it and a back piece for attaching it to your porch or under an eave. Blue Jays, Mourning Doves and Cardinals will also use these types of nesting platforms.

Need to move a nest? Don’t do it

If you find a nest around your house, try not to disturb it. Moving it can be illegal, as some species of birds are protected by law. Birds will not abandon the nest if you touch it, but if they see you getting too close, they may abandon eggs that aren’t hatched.

Your best bet is to leave the nest as is and allow the birds using it to raise their young. At most, the entire process of nest creation, incubation and the young fledging will take about two months.

Want to build your own bird house?

If you are interested in building your own bird houses, here is a useful chart outlining floor size, box height, height above the ground and entrance hole diameter sizes for different species.

For some specific bird house designs try these links:

Good luck and happy birding!

  • Food: A variety of food sources, including bird feeders as well as natural foods, will ensure that nesting birds have plenty to feed their chicks. Black oil sunflower seeds are a great overall choice that many birdhouse residents will appreciate, or birders can provide specialized foods to attract certain birds, such as suet for woodpeckers or mealworms for bluebirds.
  • Water: All birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing, and a clean water source can make a yard even more attractive for nesting birds. Basic bird baths are fine, or birders can use bird bath fountains not only for water, but also for the splashing sounds and light-catching sparkles that will attract even more birds.
  • Shelter: Thicket-like shelter that includes evergreen trees and a variety of native plants will be most attractive to nesting birds. They will use twigs, plant down, mosses, and bits of leaves for nesting material, and will hide in brush piles and bird-friendly shrubs to stay safe from predators and poor weather.
  • Bird-Friendly Landscaping: The best yards will incorporate bird-friendly landscaping that includes not only native plants, but also naturalized areas for birds to feel comfortable. Avoiding too much pesticide or other chemical use is essential to protect birds and allow them to feast on nutritious insects, as well as ensure there is spider silk available for nest-building.

Hanging Birdhouses to Attract Specific Species

If you want to watch birds from your kitchen window, add bird to your yard and garden. When you think of a birdhouse, you’re probably thinking about cavity-nesting birds like bluebirds or wrens. They need a fully enclosed shelter. Many popular songbirds are cavity nesters, but other favorites such as robins and cardinals prefer a more open nesting perch. Here’s how to attract cavity-nesting birds and other birds to your garden.

Birdhouses for Cavity Nesters
Bluebirds, wrens, nuthatches, chickadees, purple martins, tree swallows, owls, wood ducks and many other birds will create nests within birdhouses, hollow logs or other “cavities.” When you hang a birdhouse, you’re making it easier for these types of birds to find shelter. There are certain requirements and considerations for all birdhouses for cavity nesters:

  • Make sure you have a hinged roof or side so that you can easily clean the birdhouse each season.
  • Remove or omit perches on birdhouses. They’re not necessary and can attract unwanted “pest birds.”
  • Provide a 2 in. roof overhang to prevent cats from reaching into the birdhouse.
  • Drill ¼ in. holes in the bottom of the birdhouse for drainage.
  • Space birdhouses at least 25 ft. apart in the yard to prevent competition from birds.
  • Keep birdhouse entrance holes to a maximum of 1 â…œ in. to prevent starlings from nesting in them.

There are entire books devoted to the subject of birds and their housing and nesting requirements. Here are tips for attracting the most popular songbirds to your birdhouses.

Bluebirds
For the best chance of attracting a pair of bluebirds to your yard, hang two bluebird boxes 25 to 30 ft. apart on the edge of your yard. Bluebirds will likely take one box, and sparrows the other. By having two, you ensure that there’s space for the bluebirds. Mount bluebird houses 4 to 6 ft. high on a post or tree trunk facing a shrub.

Purple Martins
Purple martin houses must be installed in wide-open areas, with no trees within 40 to 60 ft. of the birdhouses. The birdhouses should be 30 to 100 ft. away from human houses — generally you should place them in the largest, most open spot in your yard. Place houses 10 to 15 ft. high.

Wrens
Wrens aren’t picky about where they nest, and will nest in almost any available cavity. To ensure they nest where you want them (instead of on the wreath on your front door), provide a house. Mount the wren house on a pole 6 to 10 ft. off the ground. Placing the house near a brush, leaf or compost pile will encourage the birds to nest there.

Birdhouses for Non-Cavity Nesters
Don’t forget robins, cardinals and other non-cavity nesters when hanging birdhouses. Robins prefer to nest on open platforms protected by roof overhangs or trees. Cardinals like partially enclosed nesting boxes placed in dense shrubbery 4 ft. off the ground.

By providing wild birds with shelter, you increase the chances of welcoming them into your yard, where you can bird-watch to your heart’s content.

Bird House Designs

There are many types of bird house designs that you can use to build your own backyard nest box. Which should you choose?

That partly depends on your goals. Do you want something that is more for decoration and if any birds use it or not, that would be just a bonus?

Or do you want to specifically attract certain species of birds to use your bird house such as bluebirds?

If the former is what you want, then any design would do. If the latter is more of what you are thinking of, then the bird house design you choose is very important in determining which birds do or do not use your next box.

Birds will not care what color your bird house is, whether it has intricate carved designs or cute little welcome signs. Those elements are for us. Birds ultimately want a nest box that will shelter them and their eggs and nestlings from weather and predators.

Bird House Design Elements

A bird house’s location and placement is also a factor. Hole size and dimensions of the bird house will also play a role in determining which birds will nest and which will not.

Most bird houses will have the basic elements of a sloped roof, floor and four walls – one with an entrance hole. It is also always nice to have one of the side walls lift up on a pivot for cleaning and monitoring.

There should also be holes for drainage and the wood, if used, should be untreated and thick enough to provide insulation both from cold and hot temperatures. You may also need to install some type of predator guard, such as a baffle, to keep unwanted guests like raccoons, cats or snakes from entering.

Bird House Designs General Info Video

Some great inexpensive books on building bird houses from Amazon:

Building Bluebird Houses

As mentioned earlier about designing bird houses for certain species, there are different designs just for bluebirds – whether you are building one for Eastern, Western or Mountain Bluebirds. More information about those plans can be found on our Bluebird House Plans page.

Purple Martin House Designs and Using Gourds

Purple Martins nest in colonies, so that type of bird house pattern is of course completely different as well. You can build both multi-level and multi-room designs, depending how many martins you wish to attract, or have several gourds (natural or manmade) hanging in a cluster. Here is more about Purple Martin Bird House Designs and Gourd Birdhouses.

Robin and Phoebe Nest Shelf

Want to attract robin and phoebes? Well, they do not want to nest in an enclosed box, but rather prefer to build their nest on a shelf or platform. Read more about building a simple shelf for them: Phoebe and Robin Nesting Shelf/Platform Plans

Bird House Dimensions and Hole Sizes

If you are unsure about what kind of birds or design you want, check out this page which includes a Bird House Dimensions Chart for 34 bird species.

Here are some more links for other types of bird house designs:

Wren Bird House Patterns
Attract house wrens, Carolina wrens and Bewick’s wrens with these easy plans.

American Kestrel Nest Box Plans
How to build an American Kestrel next box.

Making Bird Houses – Construction Tips
Everything you should know when building a bird house including material type, whether or not to paint or use sealer, entrance hole shape, perch or no perch, roof slant and more.

Wooden Bird House
Excellent wooden bird house designs, very easy to maintain and extremely durable.

Winter Bird House Plans – Build a special shelter for birds to use during the cold winter months.

Bird House Designs – More tips about building bird houses.

Free Bird House Plans

How to Build a Bird House – Wood Log

Simple Bird House Plan

Bird houses photo courtesy of Sonny Abesamis

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Attracting Nesting Birds with Better Birdhouses

Originally Written by George Harrison, Birds and Blooms

One of my favorite activities to do is sit in my backyard and watch all of birds that live in my yard. From the woodpecker in my tree to the family of cardinals, it is always exiting for me to see what types of birds make it into my yard each year. What has always guaranteed this activity is my using bird feeders and houses all throughout my yard (even some squirrel accessories to keep our bushy tailed friends busy).

Part of keeping our feathered friends around us can be through the use of feeders and houses. These allow for birds to be able to find sufficient forms of shelter and food for most of the year. Selecting and setting up a bird house can be a fun activity that will make your yard look amazing well also providing the perfect home for many of our feathered friends. While not all backyard birds, such as cardinals, orioles, and goldfinches, but many common birds do make nests in bird houses. The birds that nest in houses are known as “cavity nesters”. Bluebirds, purple martins, house wrens, chickadees, tree shallows, and house sparrows are all common cavity nesters. Houses may also attract other birds such as wood ducks, screech-owls, woodpeckers, titmice, and nutpatches.

But selecting and/or building a house is not the most important step in setting up a successful birdhouse. There are several other key factors to consider in order to attract nesting birds.

  1. Select a suitable Nesting Location

Different bird species require different habitat requirements. Choosing particular environments will allow certain breeds to begin nesting in our house. This step might require some research to ensure that your house is inhabited by a cavity nester.

  • Bluebirds – Area facing or surrounding open fields which allows close proximity to insects to eat and feed their young
  • Chickadees – Houses in a thicket or stand of small trees and shrubs
  • House Wrens – House hanging from a small tree in a more open yard
  • Purple Martins – Apartment houses placed on a tall pole in the middle of a lawn or open field
  • Tree Swallows – Close to water for proximity to aquatic insects to eat and feed their young

  1. Pick the Proper House Design

Like habitats, different bird species require different types of birdhouses. Depending on the species of bird that is in your area, you might need to do some research to see what type of house that will be best. Here are some examples:

  • Purple Martins – Live in communities with many birds of their species so apartment style houses or multiple nesting gourds
  • House Wrens – Single, small houses with no other wrens nearby
  • Bluebirds – Single—room dwellings, typically 50 to 75 yards apart
  • Martins – Aluminum or dried gourds that are painted white to reflect heat

One important thing to consider when birdhouse shopping is the material that the house is constructed with. Wood material is best for most species of birds. The house also should have ventilation around the top and drainage holes in the floor. The house also should be painted or stained an earth tone.

  1. Use a birdhouse that fits

Your house should fit the species of bird you wish to inhabit it. Small birds need small houses and large birds need large houses. The sizes below can be guidelines in your search. Many manufacturers will state what breads are good for a particular house. For example:

  • House Wrens – 8 in tall with a 4 in by 6 in base
  • Chickadee – 8 in tall by 5 in by 5 in base
  • Bluebirds – 10 in tall by 5.5 in by 5.5 in base
  • Wood Ducks/Screech Owls – 24 in tall by 10 in by 10 in base

  1. Check the Entrance Hole

You will need to make sure that the entrance hole on your house is appropriate to the size bird you wish to attract. The size of the hole can allow for the best access while also keeping other predators from getting access to the house. Here are some guidelines:

  • House Wrens – 1 1/8 inches
  • Wood Ducks/Screech Owls – Elliptical Doorway that is 4×3 inches that is about 20 inches above the floor of the house
  • Chickadees/Titmice/Nuthatches – 1 ¼ inches
  • Bluebirds – 1 ½ inches
  1. Hang it at the right height

Depending on what bird, you will need to hang your house at a particular house in order to attract specific birds.

  • Purple Martins – 15 to 20 feet above ground
  • Wood Ducks/Screech Owls – 12 to 40 feet from ground
  • Bluebirds – 5 5o 8 feet above grounds
  • House Wrens – 6 to 10 feet above ground, hanging from a tree
  • Chickadees – 4 to 8 Feet above the floor of a thicket

Remember! Bird houses can add a fun and delight piece of yard decor to your yard. So do not be afraid to find something that fits your design preferences BUT it is essential to find one that will be appropriate for the birds that you have in your yard!

Happy Gardening Everyone!

Original Article: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/birding-basics/attracting-nesting-birds-better-birdhouses/

What are Some Different Types of Birdhouses?

There are many different types of birdhouses — swinging birdhouses, single-unit nest boxes, birdhouses, garden birdhouses, gourd birdhouses, decorative birdhouses, and more. The list goes on and on. Some can be easily constructed while others must be purchased. Some birdhouses are made of wood, and others are made from metal or plastic. There are even birdhouses made from gourds and everyday household items. It’s important to note that each specific bird species prefers a different type of birdhouse.

No one type of birdhouse is suitable to all birds, as different birds like different types of birdhouses. They also have particular preferences regarding the locations of their birdhouses. For instance, wrens are usually attracted to small, enclosed houses near shrubs or brush. Bluebirds enjoy larger, single-unit birdhouses in more open areas of the landscape. Some bird species find the swinging types of birdhouses to be quite comfortable. Purple martins, for example, are content hanging out in a gourd birdhouse.

Unless a birdhouse is used strictly for decoration, most types of birdhouses in the garden should remain free of paint, glamor, and glitz. Of course, some birds may still make a surprise visit even in the fanciest of decorative birdhouses. For the most part, however, they prefer something plain and obscure. The best types of birdhouses offer birds sanctuary — a relaxing place to both feed and raise their young, free from lurking predators.

Below are simple, free bird box (birdhouse, nest box) plans that can be used to attract bluebirds, swallows, chickadees, nuthatches, warblers, woodpeckers, wrens, and other birds to your backyard or garden. This simple DIY birdhouse (nest box) can be made from a single board and requires only a few tools to assemble. Find more bird houses and feeders.

Materials and Equipment Needed to Build this Simple Birdhouse

  • Wood: 1″ x 6″ x 5′ (2.5cm x 15cm x 150cm)
  • Screws: Approximately 1.5″ (4cm) long
  • Power drill
  • Hand saw
  • Drill bit to match appropriate entrance hole size

Step 1. Cut the board using the birdhouse plans below.

Cut the 1×6 board as shown in the images below. Optionally sand all pieces smooth. Personally, I am using cedar. However, pine would also make a great choice.

DIY Birdhouse plans (Click to enlarge)

Front of birdhouse (Click to enlarge)

Birdhouse pieces cut and ready for assembly.

Step 2. Drill the entrance hole for the birdhouse.

Drill a hole for the entrance using either a spade bit or forsnter drill bit. The plan above specifies a a 1.5″ hole 6″ off the floor. A 1.5″ entrance hole is the optimum diameter for bluebirds and tree swallows. However, chickadees, nuthatches, warblers, woodpeckers, and wrens will also gladly make this their home. See Bird House Hole Size if you want to attract a specific bird.

Drill birdhouse entrance hole.

Step 3: Pre-drill the holes.

Drill pilot holes to help prevent the wood from splitting. Ideally this hole should be at least as large as the screw’s minor diameter.

Pre-drill holes for screws.

Step 4: Assemble the sides, floor, and back of the birdhouse.

Use a combination of glue and screws to attach the sides, floor, and back of the birdhouse together. A waterproof wood glue will help extend the life of the birdhouse. Personally, I recommend using stainless steel trim screws as shown below. The smaller screw head is less obvious and helps prevent the wood from splitting. If you pre-drill the holes, these screws will countersink themselves nicely because the head is not much larger than the pilot hole.

Glue joints before inserting screws.

Trim screws have a smaller head than regular screws.

Step 5. Attach the roof to the birdhouse

Attach the roof panel to the birdhouse using only screws. This way, it can be later opened for cleaning. The top edge of the roof panel can be optionally cut or sanded to approximately 80 degrees for a perfect fit as shown below.

Drill several 1/4″ holes in the floor for drainage.

Optionally, cut roof panel at angle for a better fit.

Step 6. Paint or finish your birdhouse.

In our case, we applied a linseed-oil. This finish helps accentuate the grain and helps make the wood more resistant to damage.

Paint or apply a finish to your birdhouse.

Step 7. Hang or mount your birdhouse.

Mount your birdhouse and see which bird will call your habitat home. See Bird House Hole Size for the recommended mounting height for various birds. Your new birdhouse should provide you excitement for many seasons to come.

Enjoy your birdhouse for seasons to come.

Building a birdhouse can be fun family project. Furthermore, a birdhouse will help encourage neighborhood birds to move in and raise families in your backyard. Hence providing you and your garden natural pest control.

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