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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.

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Stovall

Shop for Feeders from Hayneedle.com! About StovallBased in Michigan, Stovall Products has been manufacturing a full line of cedar ...bird feeders, birdhouses, and bat houses for over 20 years. Each hand-crafted item is made of Western red cedar and is assembled with screws, and stainless hardware. Much of the hardware is finished with a wood protector to accent the natural warmth of the wood grain while some products are rough sawn to blend naturally into their surroundings. Stovall builds houses for wrens, bluebirds, hawks, owls, ducks and more, and offers three sizes of bat houses. read more

Stovall

Shop for Feeders from Hayneedle.com! About StovallBased in Michigan, Stovall Products has been manufacturing a full line of cedar ...bird feeders, birdhouses, and bat houses for over 20 years. Each hand-crafted item is made of Western red cedar and is assembled with screws, and stainless hardware. Much of the hardware is finished with a wood protector to accent the natural warmth of the wood grain while some products are rough sawn to blend naturally into their surroundings. Stovall builds houses for wrens, bluebirds, hawks, owls, ducks and more, and offers three sizes of bat houses. read more

Audubon/Woodlink

Bluebird House 1 1/2 in Hole Size. Ornithologically correct houses and shelters.

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.

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Home Bazaar
$516.00
at Amazon

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, wooden 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. For display purposes only, we recommend the Column Pedestal (HB-2008P.) Item Dimensions: 27" H X 21" W X 21"D. read more

Northern Tool + Equipment

Constructed of polypropylene for long lasting use. Easy assembly. Mounts on a Tri-tele pole Item number 169350. U.S.A. Material Po...lypropylene, Mounting Type Pole mount, Application Bird housing, Assembly Required Yes, Capacity 12 rooms, Compatible With Northern item# 169350. Holds 12 family capacity. Model Number: BH12. UPC: 646969814977. read more

Heath Outdoor Products
$108.22
at Amazon

The 18 room deluxe martin house. Includes door stops and protective rails. Tough and long lasting lightweight aluminum available i...n four startup sizes. The hexagonal design is both functional and artistically attractive. As the colony grows, so can the house; just add-a-unit. mounting pole sold separately. read more

Home Bazaar
$378.00
at Amazon

This is the large format of the popular Club House Bird House (HB-2048) inspired by the classic Southern Plantation style clubhou...se at the most famous site in the world of golf. 16 Purple Martin families 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

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.

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Birdhouse
$74.99
at Amazon

Birdhouse Skateboards is owned by skateboard legend, Tony Hawk. This skateboard is pre built with a deck made of high quality Cana...dian maple wood, high quality urethane wheels, abec 7 bearings and it comes with a warranty against defects. read more

Birdhouse
$74.99
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Birdhouse Skateboards is owned by skateboard legend, Tony Hawk. This skateboard is pre built with a deck made of high quality Cana...dian maple wood, high quality urethane wheels, abec 7 bearings and it comes with a warranty against defects. read more

In the Breeze
$19.99
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In the Breeze Birdhouse Windtails are 2D themed outdoor decor with a detailed pattern on both the front and back sides. There are ...6 flowing streamer tails attached giving it a windsock look. They are colorful and bright. They will delight you all season long. read more

Spoontiques, Inc
$24.99
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High quality indoor or outdoor hand sculpted and hand painted decorative resin Birdhouse adds a whimsical decoration anywhere arou...nd your home. 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.

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LE YUAN KUO INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
$119.99 $149.99
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You will be one with nature with the soothing noises from the Bird House Barrel Fountain with 2 LED lights. Water flows into the f...irst barrel from the watering can, down into the illuminated basin at the bottom. It features two LED lights and is lightweight for easy portability and placement, but substantial enough to stand up to outdoor elements. It includes pump and tubing for easy setup. read more

Essential Garden Bird House Barrel Fountain with 2 LED lights
BECKETT CORPORATION
$87.23 $150.00
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27, Birdhouse Fountain, With LED, Features Realistic Looking Birds Making Their Home, Place In A Garden Or Backyard To Add Some Co...lor & Fun, 14.5 x 10 x 27. read more

27" Birdhouse Fountain
Stovall
$25.01 $31.99
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This kit includes everything you need to create a Stovall Bluebird House with a 1

Universal Bird House Kit Brown
Wreath Factory
$69.99 $89.99
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Shop for Holiday Ornaments and Decor from Hayneedle.com! The Birdhouse Christmas Wreath features a double-faced design with fragra...nt Maine Balsam Fir greenery. This wreath is adorned with a New England red velvet bow quaint miniature bird houses and Maine reindeer moss to fill your home with natural charm for the holidays. read more

Wreath Factory Birdhouse Wreath Multicolor - CB0024
Wreath Factory
$69.99 $89.99
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Shop for Holiday Ornaments and Decor from Hayneedle.com! The Birdhouse Christmas Wreath features a double-faced design with fragra...nt Maine Balsam Fir greenery. This wreath is adorned with a New England red velvet bow quaint miniature bird houses and Maine reindeer moss to fill your home with natural charm for the holidays. read more

Wreath Factory Birdhouse Wreath Multicolor - CB0024
Home Bazaar
$44.55 $56.00
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XHB1272: Features: -Exterior grade ply-board with poly-resin details.-Mounting bracket.-Pine shingles for the roof.-1 Mother and n...est.-Removable back wall for easy maintenance.-Not used any chemicals or sealants that can be harmful to wildlife.-You should have the same expectations for products as you would for a piece of wooden furniture that you have in your yard.-9 H x 10 W x 9 D, 3.6 lbs. Color/Finish: -Color: Grey.-Should you wish to preserve the products' finish, you should select a polyurethane product that is recommended for marine use and UV rated that will not discolor the paint.-With time, all of products will need to be refinished when left outdoors. The shingles (cedar) will patina to a silvery color and the piece will become weathered and distressed, but continue to maintain its functionality. Collection: -Fledgling Series collection. Warranty: -1 Year warranty and replacement for full value. read more

Fledgling Series Vineyard Cottage Mounted Birdhouse
Home Bazaar Inc
$130.50 $164.00
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Shop for Houses from BirdBaths.com! We should all have starter homes as nice as the Cape Cod with Bracket. Kiln-dried hardwoods wi...th a western cedar roof will give the local birds something grander than what you might have built in high-school shop class. You'll feel better knowing that it has a non-toxic exterior finish and the two-level wraparound porch looks good from any angle. A removable back wall will make cleaning simple and installation bracket and hardware will make the setup a snap. This birdhouse is great for all cavity dwellers such as wrens and nuthatches. read more

Cape Cod Birdhouse
Home Bazaar Inc
$40.95 $52.00
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Shop for Bird Houses from BirdBaths.com! The Home Bazaar Nantucket Cottage Birdhouse is so much more than a traditional birdhouse,... it's a New England summer resort! This fully functional model in light blue is made from exterior grade ply-board with poly-resin details that include a flower box, half-moon opera window, and more. A mounting bracket has also been included for quick and easy installation.About Home BazaarCombining their love of birds and nature with their technical and design abilities, the people of Home Bazaar set out to create the world's most spectacular line of birdhouses and birdfeeders in 1999. They've even created a line of architectural birdhouses, feeders, pedestals, and garden accessories. These items are created using only the finest materials and with painstaking attention to detail. Each product is manufactured for functional use and to be enjoyed for years. Distinctive bird houses and feeders can be matched with accommodating pedestals and these pieces can be placed in the backyard or the garden. Cottage designs and pieces with Victorian scrollwork often end up on covered porches or inside the home as decorative accents. read more

Nantucket Cottage Birdhouse
Home Bazaar
$44.55 $56.00
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XHB1272: Features: -Exterior grade ply-board with poly-resin details.-Mounting bracket.-Pine shingles for the roof.-1 Mother and n...est.-Removable back wall for easy maintenance.-Not used any chemicals or sealants that can be harmful to wildlife.-You should have the same expectations for products as you would for a piece of wooden furniture that you have in your yard.-9 H x 10 W x 9 D, 3.6 lbs. Color/Finish: -Color: Grey.-Should you wish to preserve the products' finish, you should select a polyurethane product that is recommended for marine use and UV rated that will not discolor the paint.-With time, all of products will need to be refinished when left outdoors. The shingles (cedar) will patina to a silvery color and the piece will become weathered and distressed, but continue to maintain its functionality. Collection: -Fledgling Series collection. Warranty: -1 Year warranty and replacement for full value. read more

Fledgling Series Vineyard Cottage Mounted Birdhouse
IMAX
$45.90 $76.50
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Add a touch of whimsy to your sunroom or covered garden with the Ciera birdhouse. Painted in bright green with a bold clover patte...rn, accented with an antique styled doorknob and a corrugated tin roof, this birdhouse is full of cheer. read more

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