What birds want in a birdhouse

photo by Manny Crisostomo / The Sacramento Bee

The world of birdhouses is divided into two parts: cute, decorative, often whimsical creations that appeal to humans; and functional nesting boxes that the birds will actually use.

Birds’ needs are straightforward: food, water and shelter. Bird feeders and bird baths help provide the first two.

Birdhouses cater to a different clientele than backyard feeders. They provide shelter to cavity-nesting species, which for the most part eat insects and berries instead of seed. Because they draw different kinds of birds, houses add to backyard diversity.

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One Response to “What birds want in a birdhouse”

  1. Syl Says:

    Very good information for folks just starting out in bird watching and helping the birds. Enjoyed it.

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