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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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$19.99

Measuring 28" x 40" this Summer Bluebirds decorative summer house flag will make a beautiful accent to your home. This decorative ...summer flag is made of the highest quality 310 denier high thread count fabric. A state of the art four color process dyeing technology is used for a product that is made to last. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use this decorative summer flag will last for many seasons to come. Grab your Summer Bluebirds decorative birdhouse flag today! read more

$7.99

Bluebird Shovel House Flag by Custom Decor. This spring house flag features a beautiful bluebird sitting on top of a shovel handle.... Welcome spring to your home with this bluebird house flag. Measuring 28"x 40", this spring house flag features a beautiful bluebird sitting on top of a shovel handle. The original artwork on this spring house flag is reproduced on 300 denier fabric for finer quality reproduction. Made of 100% polyester fabric, this bird-themed spring house flag will stand up to the elements. Mildew and fade resistant this spring house flag will last for many seasons to come. Grab your spring house flag today! read more

$15.99

A bluebird sitting on a pink dogwood branch is singing a sweet Spring Song. Measures 28" x 40". This spring house flag adds a touc...h of color and style to your landscape decor. This spring house flag will install on any standard flag pole using a pocket across the top. Printed on durable polyester, this spring house flag will last thru season after season of brilliant display. Grab your new spring house flag now! read more

$11.99

This charming spring house flag will set a magical mood in your warm weather landscape.' Featuring the phrase The Home Sweet Home,... this bluebird house flag will add a touch of sentiment to welcome spring.' Measures approximately 28"x40", this floral house flag will install easily on any standard house flag hardware via a pocket across the top. Printed on durable nylon, this spring house flag will be part of your seasonal decor thru many cool spring days. Text correctly readable on one side of this decorative flag. Too unique and charming to last long... better grab your spring house flag today while it's still available! 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.

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$110.49

Wooden Purple Martin Bird House, CLOSE-OUT PRICED! Plenty of room for the family! Add this 12-room Wooden Purple Martin Bird House... to your yard and enjoy the sights and sounds of bird watching. Handcrafted with exceptional quality and detail from... read more

SPG
$129.99 $110.49

Wooden Purple Martin Bird House, CLOSE-OUT PRICED! Plenty of room for the family! Add this 12-room Wooden Purple Martin Bird House... to your yard and enjoy the sights and sounds of bird watching. Handcrafted with exceptional quality and detail from genuine redwood for years of enjoyment. Handmade with 3/4 thick redwood fastened together by screws Masonite room dividers and floors Roof, floors and room dividers lift out for easy cleaning Ventilated design Includes mounting plate Measures 19 x 15 3/4 x 17 3/8, weighs approx. 20 lbs. !!! Limited Quantities !!! Gender: Unisex. read more

Birds Choice
$145.30 $127.33

Dimensions: 19L x 14W x 20H in.. Constructed from aluminum. Crisp white finish. 12 crescent holes and rooms on 3 floors. Reflectiv...e roof for proper ventilation. Attract, house, and protect your favorite birds with this Birds Choice Starling Resistance Purple Martin Bird House. This house is built for Purple Martins. These birds prefer open areas with clear flyways so place this bird house accordingly. Its white aluminum construction is lightweight yet durable. The 12 crescent holes on 3 floors protect from Starlings and other predatory birds. The reflective roof offers proper ventilation.About Backyard Nature ProductsHumble beginnings in 1993 have yielded wonderful results for Backyard Nature Products. Founded by Dan Bloedorn, the company began by offering simple backyard bird-feeders built by Dan and has since expanded to include feeders for multiple animals, outdoor furniture, bird baths, bird houses, and more. Now, Backyard Nature Products has its own facilities and team of dedicated employees. Environmentally conscious, poly-lumber (made from recycled milk cartons) is used in a number of their products and any wood scrap is recycled into mulch. Whether you want a decorative accent or a functional place for your feathered friends to feed, Backyard Nature Products has something for you. read more

Birds Choice
$159.00 $139.29

Dimensions: 19L x 14W x 20H in.. Constructed from aluminum. Crisp white finish. 6 crescent holes and rooms on 3 floors. Reflective... roof for proper ventilation. This Birds Choice WatersEdge Purple Martin Bird House is designed to attract, house, and protect your favorite birds. This bird house is designed specifically for Purple Martins, which prefer open areas with clear flyways. Its white aluminum construction is lightweight and durable. The 12 crescent holes on 3 floors protect from predatory birds and provides ample room. The reflective roof offers proper ventilation.About Backyard Nature ProductsHumble beginnings in 1993 have yielded wonderful results for Backyard Nature Products. Founded by Dan Bloedorn, the company began by offering simple backyard bird-feeders built by Dan and has since expanded to include feeders for multiple animals, outdoor furniture, bird baths, bird houses, and more. Now, Backyard Nature Products has its own facilities and team of dedicated employees. Environmentally conscious, poly-lumber (made from recycled milk cartons) is used in a number of their products and any wood scrap is recycled into mulch. Whether you want a decorative accent or a functional place for your feathered friends to feed, Backyard Nature Products has something for you. 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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Spoontiques
$24.97

High quality indoor or outdoor hand sculpted and hand painted decorative resin Birdhouse adds a whimsical decoration anywhere arou...nd your home. read more

Home Bazaar
$84.05

This functional birdhouse has three working nest boxes within its tiered tower and multiple eaves. It is an authentic recreation o...f a Chinese Pagoda. Constructed of exterior grade ply board and a resin roof. read more

Spoontiques, Inc.
$21.97

High quality indoor or outdoor hand sculpted and hand painted decorative resin Fire Hydrant Birdhouse adds a whimsical decoration ...anywhere around your home. read more

Spoontiques, Inc.
$23.14

High quality indoor or outdoor hand sculpted and hand painted decorative resin Hummingbird Birdhouse adds a whimsical decoration a...nywhere around 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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Stovall
$31.99 $25.31

This kit includes everything you need to create a Stovall Bluebird House with a 1

Evergreen Garden
$100.00 $92.99

Four vintage-inspired birdhouses give gardens colorful accents and provide comfy nesting areas for small songbirds

River's Edge
$24.95 $23.70

This Rivers Edge Birch Tree and Bear Birdhouse is hand painted poly resin with a real tin roof and includes sisal hanging rope. Th...ere is a removable rubber cleanout plug on the bottom for easy maintenance of the bird house. Measures 5 inch diameter... read more

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$39.99 $27.99

Exclusive! Inspired by the ceramic bird houses found in the excavations of Colonial Williamsburg! This beautifully detailed birdho...use in blue and cream will fill the needs of small songbirds, while adding charm to your yard. Entrance hole accommodates wrens and other small birds but discourages pests, back has a large hole for easy cleaning. Handmade of low-baked ceramic, no two exactly alike! 4"H x 5 1/2"W x 9"D. read more

Coveside Conservation
$79.99 $51.99

Coveside Conservation 10050 Designed by Frank Zuern to be a safer nesting place for eastern bluebirds, this horizontal box simulat...es a hollow tree branch, widely used by these favorite birds. Field-testing shows that over 90% of Bluebirds using this nest box will nest near the back of the box, behind a vertical baffle, out of the reach of predators. As with all Coveside Conservation Products nest boxes, the design includes appropriate ventilation, drainage and opens for easy clean-out. Sustainably grown 1" thick eastern white pine provides superior insulation. Hand crafted with pride in Maine. Features: -Correct dimensions for the species.-Proper ventilation and drainage.-Right side panel swings open to make cleaning easy, after fledglings have left the nest.-Sustainably grown 1" thick eastern white pine provides superior insulation and durability.-Made in the USA.-Animal Type: Bluebird.-Birdhouse Design: Mounted.-Birdhouse Style: Cottage.-Collection: .-Color: Eastern white pine.-Distressed: No.-Material: Wood -Material Details: Eastern white pine..-Number of Items Included: 1.-Pieces Included: .-Hardware Material: Steel.-Solid Wood Construction: Yes.-Rust Resistant: Yes.-Fade Resistant: No.-UV Resistant: No.-Chip Resistant: No.-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Details: ..-Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Crack Resistant: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Number of Compartments: 2.-Removable Section: No.-Roof Material: Wood.-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Outdoor Paint: No.-Built-In Drainage: Yes.-Wrap Around Porch: No.-Windows: No.-Floor Levels: 1.-Mounting Peg: No.-Stand Included: No.-Hanging Rope or Chain Included: No.-Nesting Height: 5.-Outdoor Use: Yes.-Commercial Use: .-Animal Capacity: 2.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Eco-Friendly: Yes.-Product Care: Seasonal cleanout of the interior required after each cycle. Paint or stain not necessary..-Country of Manufacture: United States.Specifications: -ASTM Compliant: No.-California AB 1953 Compliant: No.-BPA Free: No.-Greenguard Certified: No.-California Proposition 65 Compliant: No.-CPSIA or CPSC Compliant: No.-California Proposition 65 Warning Required: Yes.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 6.75.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 6.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 19.75.-Rope Length: .-Stand Height: .-Hole Size: 1.5.-Overall Product Weight: 7.Assembly: -Assembly Required: No -Tools Needed for Assembly: ..-Installation Required: Yes -Tools Needed for Installation: Hammer or screw driver..-Additional Parts Required: No -Parts Needed: ..Warranty: -Manufacturer provides 1 year warranty.-Product Warranty: 1 Year. read more

All Things Cedar
$81.99 $62.99

All Things Cedar BH05U Features: -Hardwood doweling.-Rust resistant zinc plated and/or brass hardware.-Manufactured using clear gr...ade western red cedar.-Suitable for wrens and other small birds.-Pre-drilled holes.-Handcrafted for snug fitting joinery.-Edges routed for clean uniform appearance.-Natural unstained, finely sanded finish.-Western Red Cedar collection.-Animal Type: Bird.-Birdhouse Design: Mounted.-Birdhouse Style: Cottage.-Collection: Western Red Cedar.-Color: Natural.-Distressed: No.-Material: Wood -Material Details: Cedar..-Number of Items Included: 1.-Pieces Included: .-Hardware Material: Zinc.-Solid Wood Construction: Yes.-Rust Resistant: Yes.-Fade Resistant: No.-UV Resistant: No.-Chip Resistant: No.-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Details: Naturally weather resistant..-Water Resistant: Yes -Water Resistant Details: Naturally water resistant..-Crack Resistant: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Number of Compartments: 1.-Removable Section: No.-Roof Material: Wood.-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Outdoor Paint: No.-Built-In Drainage: No.-Wrap Around Porch: No.-Windows: No.-Floor Levels: 1.-Mounting Peg: No.-Stand Included: No.-Hanging Rope or Chain Included: No.-Nesting Height: .-Outdoor Use: Yes.-Commercial Use: No.-Animal Capacity: .-Country of Manufacture: Canada.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 7.5.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 7.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 5.5.-Hole Size: 1.25.-Overall Product Weight: 2.Assembly: -Assembly Required: Yes -Tools Needed for Assembly: ..-Installation Required: Yes -Tools Needed for Installation: ..-Additional Parts Required: Yes -Parts Needed: Rope or chain..Warranty: -Product Warranty: 30 days. read more

All Things Cedar
$81.99 $64.99

All Things Cedar BH09U Features: -Hardwood doweling.-Rust resistant zinc plated and/or brass hardware.-Manufactured using clear gr...ade western red cedar.-Suitable for wrens and other small birds.-Pre-drilled holes.-Handcrafted for snug fitting joinery.-Edges routed for clean uniform appearance.-Natural unstained, finely sanded finish.-Western Red Cedar collection.-Animal Type: Bird.-Birdhouse Design: Mounted.-Birdhouse Style: Cottage.-Collection: Western Red Cedar.-Color: Natural.-Distressed: No.-Material: Wood -Material Details: Cedar..-Number of Items Included: 1.-Pieces Included: .-Hardware Material: Zinc.-Solid Wood Construction: Yes.-Rust Resistant: Yes.-Fade Resistant: No.-UV Resistant: No.-Chip Resistant: No.-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Details: Naturally weather resistant..-Water Resistant: Yes -Water Resistant Details: Naturally water resistant..-Crack Resistant: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Number of Compartments: 1.-Removable Section: No.-Roof Material: Wood.-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Outdoor Paint: No.-Built-In Drainage: No.-Wrap Around Porch: No.-Windows: No.-Floor Levels: 1.-Mounting Peg: No.-Stand Included: No.-Hanging Rope or Chain Included: No.-Nesting Height: .-Outdoor Use: Yes.-Commercial Use: No.-Animal Capacity: .-Country of Manufacture: Canada.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 9.25.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 6.75.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 8.-Hole Size: 1.5.-Overall Product Weight: 3.Assembly: -Assembly Required: Yes -Tools Needed for Assembly: ..-Installation Required: Yes -Tools Needed for Installation: ..-Additional Parts Required: Yes -Parts Needed: Rope or chain..Warranty: -Product Warranty: 30 days. read more

Byer Of Maine
$69.99 $54.95

Byer Of Maine MTCD113 The��Clipper Bird Home from Byer is part of beautifully handcrafted Mango Tree collection. The clipper is sc...ulpted from the harvested trunks of the Mango tree. The homes feature a high-quality polyurethane multi-coat finish to ensure longevity in the elements. The roof of the clipper is removable for seasonal cleaning. The home also features drainage holes in the bottom, to keep the nest dry. Features: -Chickadee hole Perfect for small cavity nesters.-Animal Type: Bird.-Birdhouse Design: Hanging.-Birdhouse Style: Cottage.-Color: Brown.-Distressed: No.-Material: Wood -Material Details: ..-Solid Wood Construction: Yes.-Built-In Drainage: Yes.-Outdoor Use: Yes.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 9.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 9.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 9.-Overall Product Weight: 3.Assembly: -Assembly Required: No -Tools Needed for Assembly: ..Warranty: -Product Warranty: 1 Year. read more

Coveside Conservation
$88.99 $71.99

Coveside Conservation 10045 This birdhouse is suitable for many species of cavity nesting backyard birds. A slate predator guard i...s included to ward off pesky squirrels. Durable and easy to mount, this makes an ideal choice for the individual who isn't attempting to attract a specific species. As with all Coveside Conservation Products nest boxes, the design includes appropriate ventilation, drainage and opens for easy clean-out. Sustainably grown 1" thick eastern white pine provides superior insulation. Handcrafted with pride in Maine. Features: -Correct dimensions for the species.-Proper ventilation and drainage.-Right side panel swings open to make cleaning easy, after fledglings have left the nest.-Sustainably grown 1" thick eastern white pine provides superior insulation and durability.-Slate predator guard keeps entrance from being enlarged by squirrels or woodpeckers.-Mounts easily with the attached hanger bracket and pre-drilled hole at the bottom of the rear panel.-Made in the USA.-Animal Type: Bird.-Birdhouse Design: Mounted.-Birdhouse Style: Cottage.-Collection: .-Color: Eastern white pine.-Distressed: No.-Material: Wood -Material Details: Eastern white pine..-Number of Items Included: 1.-Pieces Included: .-Hardware Material: Steel.-Solid Wood Construction: Yes.-Rust Resistant: Yes.-Fade Resistant: No.-UV Resistant: No.-Chip Resistant: No.-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Details: ..-Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Crack Resistant: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Number of Compartments: 1.-Removable Section: No.-Roof Material: Wood.-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Outdoor Paint: No.-Built-In Drainage: Yes.-Wrap Around Porch: No.-Windows: No.-Floor Levels: 1.-Mounting Peg: No.-Stand Included: No.-Hanging Rope or Chain Included: No.-Nesting Height: 10.-Outdoor Use: Yes.-Commercial Use: .-Animal Capacity: 2.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Eco-Friendly: Yes.-Product Care: Seasonal cleanout of the interior required after each cycle. Paint or stain not necessary..-Country of Manufacture: United States.Specifications: -ASTM Compliant: No.-California AB 1953 Compliant: No.-BPA Free: No.-Greenguard Certified: No.-California Proposition 65 Compliant: No.-CPSIA or CPSC Compliant: No.-California Proposition 65 Warning Required: Yes.Dimensions: -Floor: 4" x 4".-Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 12.5.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 8.5.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 6.25.-Rope Length: .-Stand Height: .-Hole Size: 1.5.-Overall Product Weight: 5.Assembly: -Assembly Required: No -Tools Needed for Assembly: ..-Installation Required: Yes -Tools Needed for Installation: Hammer or screw driver..-Additional Parts Required: No -Parts Needed: ..Warranty: -Manufacturer provides 1 year warranty.-Product Warranty: 1 Year. read more

Coveside Conservation
$180.00 $159.99

Coveside Conservation 10045S View the activities of nesting birds from within your home both day and night! The new hawk eye color... camera with infrared night vision includes a 1200" cord that sends video and audio signals directly to your TV, VCR or computer. Easy to set up, the backyard birdhouse with camera is appropriate for many common backyard birds including bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, swallows and wrens. A slate predator guard protects the fledglings from squirrels. The side door has been removed in this picture to show location of the camera. As with all Coveside Conservation Products nest boxes, the design includes appropriate ventilation, drainage and opens for easy clean-out. Sustainably grown 1" thick eastern white pine provides superior insulation. Handcrafted with pride in Maine. Features: -Correct dimensions for the species.-Proper ventilation and drainage.-Right side panel swings open to make cleaning easy, after fledglings have left the nest.-Sustainably grown 1" thick eastern white pine provides superior insulation and durability.-Slate predator guard keeps entrance from being enlarged by squirrels or woodpeckers.-Mounts easily with the attached hanger bracket and pre-drilled hole at the bottom of the rear panel.-Manufacturer provides 1 year warranty.-Made in the USA.-Animal Type: Bird.-Birdhouse Design: Mounted.-Birdhouse Style: Cottage.-Collection: .-Color: Eastern white pine.-Distressed: No.-Material: Wood -Material Details: Eastern white pine..-Number of Items Included: 1.-Pieces Included: .-Hardware Material: Steel.-Solid Wood Construction: Yes.-Rust Resistant: Yes.-Fade Resistant: No.-UV Resistant: No.-Chip Resistant: No.-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Details: ..-Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Crack Resistant: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Number of Compartments: 1.-Removable Section: No.-Roof Material: Wood.-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Outdoor Paint: No.-Built-In Drainage: Yes.-Wrap Around Porch: No.-Windows: No.-Floor Levels: 1.-Mounting Peg: No.-Stand Included: No.-Hanging Rope or Chain Included: No.-Nesting Height: 10.-Outdoor Use: Yes.-Commercial Use: .-Animal Capacity: 2.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Eco-Friendly: Yes.-Product Care: Seasonal cleanout of the interior required after each cycle. Paint or stain not necessary..-Country of Manufacture: United States.Specifications: -ASTM Compliant: No.-California AB 1953 Compliant: No.-BPA Free: No.-Greenguard Certified: No.-California Proposition 65 Compliant: No.-CPSIA or CPSC Compliant: No.-California Proposition 65 Warning Required: Yes.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 12.5.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 8.5.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 6.25.-Rope Length: .-Stand Height: .-Hole Size: 1.5.-Overall Product Weight: 7.Assembly: -Assembly Required: No -Tools Needed for Assembly: ..-Installation Required: Yes -Tools Needed for Installation: Hammer or screw driver..-Additional Parts Required: No -Parts Needed: ..Warranty: -Product Warranty: 1 Year. read more

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