Refine By

Birdhouses Buying Guide

"Gimme shelter" might be what birds would tell homeowners, if they could speak. Because they can't, here is a guide to purchasing the perfect birdhouse to protect your winged visitors.

Types of Birdhouses

Types of Birdhouses

When it comes to settling into a home, birds are nearly as picky as people in their preferences. But there's good reason for that: Birds use their nesting grounds to protect their eggs and their young -- and themselves. And a well-designed birdhouse that adapts to those specific needs can be a haven for the most desirable birds. Think about the types of birds you want to attract, and then review the types of houses available: bluebird, purple martin, hummingbird, cardinal, finch, wren, and decorative. Use this guide to help you.

Bluebird Houses

Bluebird houses are specially designed to attract and protect this endangered species. The hole is very small to prevent predatory birds from using the structure, and a large, slanting roof covers the enclosed space.

shop Bluebird Houses
Heath Outdoor Products
$18.79
at Casa

Enjoy the beauty, songs and behavior of your very own bluebird family in your own backyard. As our environment becomes more danger...ous each year, it becomes increasingly important to provide housing for bluebirds to birth and raise their young. Heath bluebird houses have been a long-time favorite of bluebird enthusiasts, and have graced Americas backyard for decades. Our most popular model now has easy front opening for cleaning. 1-1/2-inch entrance hole. Instructions for use: choose a site in o Dimensions: 5.75? x 5.5? x 5.75?. read more

WoodLink
$23.49
at Casa

Woodlink Wooden Bluebird House Woodlinks Bluebird house is a traditional style bluebird house that is ornithologically designed to... attract bluebirds. The bird house features an easy open front to make cleaning easy. The 1/2-inch hole is ideal for eastern bluebirds. The house is constructed of reforested, kiln dried, inland red cedar and chromate screws. The birdhouse is predrilled for easy mounting with screws which are included. Made in the USA. Dimensions: 6.25? x 7.13? x 11.75?. read more

BloomingBulb

The Bluebird house is constructed of untreated Western Red Cedar. Made to NABS (North American Bluebird Society) specifications. T...op removes for easy cleanout. Ventilation slots and drainage cutouts in bottom. read more

WoodLink
$54.99 $69.99
at Hayneedle

Constructed from kiln-dried natural cedar Designed specifically for bluebirds 1.5625-inch hole size Capacity: 4 lbs. Overall dimen...sions: 8.75L x 7.75Wx 13H inches Whats Included BirdhouseDescription The Woodlink Coppertop Bluebird Bird House is a decorative and functional addition to your backyard with several attractive features. This ornithologically correct birdhouse is specifically designed for bluebirds with its 1.5625-inch hole. The house is made from 0.875-inch kiln-dried natural cedar, with a laser-etched bluebird on the front. Other features include the zinc chromate screws, full-length anodized aluminum hinges, and a 12-ounce copper roof. Each feeder is proudly made in the USA. Weight capacity: 4 lbs. Dimensions: 8.75L x 7.75Wx 13H inches. About Woodlink At Woodlink, a lot of pride goes into making innovative products that are friendly to the environment. The goal is to be as efficient as possible to serve the customer well. Every month, Woodlink saves more than 37 trees, 8,780 gallons of fresh water, nearly 5.5 cubic feet of landfill space, and 6,585 KWH of electricity. Woodlink is the exclusive licensee for the manufacturing of birding products to the design specifications of the National Audubon Society. read more

Purple Martin Houses

Purple martin houses are notable for several things: They are typically painted white or a very light color to attract the birds, and they are grouped together to encourage colonies of purple martins to nest.

shop Purple Martin Houses
Home Bazaar
$376.20 $429.00
at Bellacor

Inspired by the classic Southern Plantation style clubhouse at the most famous site in the world of golf. 16 Purple Martin familie...s will nest in style in this fully functional house constructed of exterior grade plyboard, pine shingled roof that is topped with a non toxic outdoor paint. The top lifts off with the removal of four screws to allow yearly cleaning. The "Crows Nest" has screened venting to provide additional ventilation. read more

Home Bazaar
$358.20 $408.00
at Bellacor

A stately mansion for your feathered friends, this fully functional birdhouse is designed to accommodate purple martins. It is fin...ely constructed of ply-board and wood with real wooden shingles and a back wall for easy cleaning. It is painted with exterior grade, non-toxic paint. Over time, it will weather and need refinishing. read more

Home Bazaar
$412.20 $470.00
at Bellacor

The fabulous Hotel California is now available as the third in our line of Purple Martin birdhouses. This ten room, fully function...al birdhouse is inspired by the main pavilion of the iconic Del Coronado Hotel. A San Diego landmark, the "Del" has welcomed Presidents, royalty and Hollywood celebrities for over 100 years. Our dramatic Victorian design with its signature red roof and peek-a-boo dormers is topped off with a cupola proudly flying an American flag. This house comes equipped with a mounting base with a sleeve for setting on top of a standard 4 X 4 base. In order to attract Purple Martins, the recommended location of this house should be a combination of open fields and water. The house should be 12 to 14 feet high. Item dimensions: 27? H x 21? W x 21?D read more

Hummingbird Houses

The best hummingbird houses replicate a natural nesting experience for these delicate birds. That includes a cupped nest that feels secure in a tree branch, as well as some sort of cover -- such as a faux leaf -- to provide protection.

Cardinal Birdhouses

Cardinals are not attracted to typical birdhouses. Because they nest out in the open in thickets or shrubs, they require a similar structure, such as a platform that's open or minimally enclosed.

Finch Birdhouses

Like bluebird houses, smaller holes -- typically about 1-1/2 inches wide -- distinguish finch birdhouses; this size protects them from predatory birds. Drainage and size to nest are also important.

Wren Birdhouses

Wrens nest closer to the ground than most birds; their very small birdhouses are distinguished by very small entrance holes -- less than 1-1/4 inches -- that prevent sparrows from entering.

Decorative

Many birdhouses are purely decorative in nature and not designed to attract a specific type of bird. Keep in mind that, with an "open" nesting policy, you may find the birdhouse infiltrated by undesirable species.

shop Decorative
Benzara

Give a vivacious touch to outdoor settings with this adorable and intricately detailed set of three fiber glass bug birdhouses. Th...is birdhouse is available in a set of three assorted colors that are perfect for lending a dash of vibrancy to your home decor. These polystone birdhouses are light in weight and perfectly retain the colors even after prolonged use. Available in a set of three assorted colors Innovative twist to the traditional birdhouse design Resistant to weather induced damage Lend a vivacious touch to outdoor settings Material: Polystone fiber Glass Setting: Outdoor Quantity: Three 3 Dimensions: 18 inches high x 5 inches wide x 5 inches deep read more

Big Mouth Toys

Sure, neat little cottage birdhouses are cute, but theyre done to death. Stand out from the rest with a birdhouse that takes avian... housing in a different direction. Shaped like a port-a-potty, its perfect for construction sites or anywhere you want to shake up the birdhouse status quo.4"W x 7"H x 4"D. 1.5 lbs. China. Hand wash, air dry. By Big Mouth Toys; imported. read more

Wald Imports
$32.99 $51.03
at Overstock.com

Add a charming touch to your gardening area with these wooden birdhouse planters. Each rustic planter is finished with whitewash a...nd comes with a liner to protect against excess dirt and moisture. Color: Whitewash Materials: Wood Quantity: Four 4 Dimensions: 6.5 inches high x 4.75 inches wide x 4.75 inches deep read more

Wald Imports
$29.99 $31.05
at Overstock.com

Add a country feel to your gardening area with these rustic wooden planters. Each planter is in the shape of a birdhouse and featu...res a natural distressed wood color. Liner included Color: Natural Materials: Rustic wood Quantity: Four 4 Dimensions: 6.5 inches high x 4.75 inches wide x 4.5 inches deep read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Birdhouses are not just decorative. The amenities -- for you and the birds -- can make a big difference in how long your birdhouse lasts, whether it serves the birds it's intended for, and how happy you are with your purchase. For example, all birdhouses need regular cleaning; those that come apart with difficulty and are troublesome to clean may be less enjoyable to you than other, better-designed pieces. Review cleaning, as well as material, hanging/mounting mechanism, and accessories, as you choose the perfect birdhouse for your landscape and your birds.

Material

Most birdhouses are constructed of wood; a few, such as sculpted hummingbird houses, are made of metal. All materials should be free of anything that might leach out or harm the birds.

Hanging/Mounting Mechanism

Many birdhouses are mounted to a pole or the side of a building to provide stability for nesting birds. Make sure yours can be secured firmly to the structure.

Cleaning

Birdhouses require periodic cleaning and inspection to ensure predators do not invade. Make sure the lid opens easily, or the sides swing out, to enable you to thoroughly clean the structure.

Accessories

Various birdhouse accessories may help you protect the species your structure is intended to attract as well as enhance its upkeep. Those include small brushes, entry-hole protectors, squirrel guards, and decoys, such as faux owls, intended to frighten predators.

Garden & Outdoor Living on sale
Heartwood
$372.50 $745.00
at Homeclick

You and your birds will enjoy a perfectly delicious taste of the islands with this carefree and breezy caribbean-style feeder. An ...inviting outdoor eatery that sets the table for a crowd, cabana cafe serves up a distinctive style that adds beauty to any environment. Elegant umbrella mahogany roof and copper banded bottom make for easy elegance while hard-working, rot-resistant pvc construction means you can relax and enjoy lazy days for years to come. Key Features Handcrafted Ventilated Last for years in harsh climate Drainage and clean out built in read more

Heartwood 217 Cabana Cafe Bird House in White PVC/Mahogany Roof
Garden Fun
$49.95 $68.00
at GardenFun

Our Birdhouse Weathervane is truly an impressive garden decor accent, as well as a spectacular and durable outdoor decor item. Eac...h unique weathervane design is hand crafted using 14 gauge steel and is laser cut in one piece, minimizing welding and proving a clean look with intricate detail. A special three step finishing process has been perfected to give these wonderful wind vanes an extremely durable, beautiful, and ultra-protective scratch and fade resistant finish: 1. Zinc Plating is applied on base metal for better adhesion, durability and rust prevention. 2. Copper Vein powder coat is baked on for a beautiful hammered copper look. 3. Clear Polyester powder coat is baked on to protect against UV rays and provide a durable, scratch resistant finish that also helps prevent fading. In addition to the extra durable finish, High Quality Sealed Ball Bearings allow the decorative windcups to spin freely in even the slightest breeze. You will absolutely adore this bird lovers weathervane garden decoration! Our Steel Weathervanes look great when pole-mounted in the garden, but they are also perfectly suitable for mounting on any vertical post, attached to any horizontal surface like an outdoor deck railing, or roof-mounted on any home, garage, cottage, cabin, gazebo, cupola, barn or shed. For your convenience, this Birdhouse Weathervane comes complete with your choice of garden, post, deck, or rooftop mounting hardware. All our weathervane tops are 21"W (arrow) and between 6" to 11" in height, depending on the design. All EZ Vane Weathervanes are proudly made in the USA and come with a one year warranty on the finish and a lifetime warranty on all workmanship. Express your passions, hobbies and interests while connecting with the winds of Mother Nature with this high-quality, decorative, and functional Birdhouse Weathervane. Assembles easily in minutes, provides years of endless enjoyment, and makes a great garden gift too! Looking for even more Bird Weathervanes? read more

Birdhouse Weathervane
Heartwood
$59.60 $119.20
at Homeclick

Continuing in our grand tradition of church-inspired themes, the flock of ages birdhouse features a rising steeple, multicolored s...hingles, and a solid cypress body. Key Features Drainage and clean out Ventilated read more

Heartwood 184 Flock of Ages Bird House in White
WoodLink
$37.59 $53.70
at Homeclick

Key Features Woodlink quality natural cedar Ornithologically Correct, Hole size 1-9/16" Traditional Bluebird House Predator guard ...over the entrance Front swings open for easy cleaning read more

Woodlink BB3 Traditional Bluebird Hole Size Birdhouse
Heartwood
$342.70 $685.40
at Homeclick

They searched high and low for their dream house ever since they met in the branches of a maple tree. Yet nothing seemed suitable.... Then, on a fly-over, the dramatic four-valley solid copper roof caught their attention. Eye level, it was love at first sight. And how could it not be, with this kind of craftsmanship? Reverse board and batten vertical siding with side modules of beveled horizontal siding and eyebrow gables. The neighbors are wonderful--8 compartments in all. Youll love the easy cleaning thanks to removable roof. Key Features May be pole mounted read more

Heartwood 007 Victorian Copper Mansion Bird Houses
Heartwood
$59.60 $119.20
at Homeclick

Welcome to nottingham, where trilling adventures await you and your merry band of birds, with a home that s sure to steal hearts a...nd give years of blissful birding. Curving asymmetrical design and bark-like rustic scored exterior evoke old english forests and ageless natural splendor, while happily ever after is assured thanks to superb solid cypress construction. Isnt it time you added this bit of timeless beauty to your yard or garden? Key Features Clean outs, ventilation and drainage built in read more

Heartwood 197 Nottingham Bird House in Antique Cypress/Multi Colored Shingled Roof
Heartwood
$74.50 $149.00
at Homeclick

Distinctive from the hills of tennessee. Barn-inspired styling complete with tin roof. Solid cypres sbody construction and a roost...er finial to top it off. Key Features Barn-inspired styling Solid cypress body construction and a rooster finial to top it off Made to last Cleans out, ventilation and drainage built in read more

Heartwood 180 Rock City Bird House
Heartwood
$111.75-$135.00 $223.50-$225.00
at Homeclick

Wrens, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice--this little beauty is beloved by all your favorites, and with reinforced front youll never... have to worry about unwanted guests. Select cypress construction with Heartwoods special hand-cut and stone-washed shingle roof gives it exceptional style; copper covered cleanout door and metal hanger make for exceptionally easy maintenance. Key Features Wall or post mount read more

Heartwood 087 Summer Home Bird House
Heartwood
$44.70-$52.20 $87.00-$89.40
at Homeclick

Thinking small can yield hugh rewards, as here with their beloved Bungalow, a cozy version of their popular Bluebird Manor, with s...mall interior dimensions (6" x 5") and hole. Select cypress construction features hand-cut shingles, copper trim and a finish of your choice of all-weather stain. With excellent ventilation and drainage, convenient reat clean-out and a galvanized metal hanging loop for immediate gratification. Key Features Wall, post, or pole mount read more

Heartwood 088 Bungalow Bird House
Heartwood
$126.65-$153.00 $253.30-$255.00
at Homeclick

From a distance, its a beauty; up close, its an architectural marvel, one gorgeous detail on top of another; meticulously crafted ...drop siding with corner boards, ridged copper roof, cupola topped with solid copper roof and "Rusty Rooster" finial. Truly, a home to crow about. Mounting bracket and scres included for easy post mounting. Key Features Free standing or post mount read more

Heartwood 093 Rusty Rooster Bird House
View wishlist Set Sale Alert Continue shopping
View Sale Alerts Continue shopping