How to Place a Bird House: Tips and Technicalities

Wooden Birdhouse

Wooden Birdhouse

So, you have recently purchased a birdhouse but don’t know exactly where to place it? Don’t be discouraged if you know very little about placing a birdhouse. There are a number of resources available on the internet that you can consult, in case you are unaware of the technicalities of the task.

If you wish to attract different species of birds, you must read about bird behavior extensively. Thereafter, you can begin researching the types of birdhouses that each of these types prefers. However, before discussing the technicalities of placing a birdhouse, let’s understand the basics.

Where to Place a Birdhouse

In general, a birdhouse can be placed anywhere:  a window, a balcony, a free-standing pole or PVC pipe. They can be either kept at a place or hung from there. It is best to build a birdhouse where it is easy for the birds to perch. To provide maximum shelter and safety to the birds, make sure that the place where you keep the birdhouse does not allow predators to creep in.

Specifics of Placing a Birdhouse

If you wish to attract a specific species of birds, listed are the specs and the details that you must pay heed to.


An open arena appeals to Bluebirds. Therefore, they often nest near lawns and orchards. You will often find this variety of bird in coniferous forests as well as in open fields that face the north, south or west. If you are thinking about making a nest box for these, the dimension for the same should be around 3-6 inches.

Purple Martin

Wide expanses and stretches of green lands like meadows, fields and farmlands that are followed by swamps, ponds, lakes or rivers are the preferred housing locations for purple martins. A nesting home or a box for these birds should have a height of about10-15 feet.

Wood Duck

The wood ducks love damp areas like the marshes and swamps. If you wish to watch these birds, place bird boxes in trees that are located at distance no more than 30-100 feet from the water body. The box height for their bird house can vary from 6-30 feet.

My Spy Birdhouse

My Spy Birdhouse

American Kestrel

Like the bluebirds, American kestrels also like to stay at a place where pastures, meadows and fields are easily accessible. A bird box for these should be placed on solitary trees that stand in the open green spaces. The height of these birdhouses can vary from 10-30 feet.

Eastern Screech Owl

These owls prefer parks, stream edges, forest and other exotic locations that are far from the city. They build their homes under tree limbs. If you wish to watch owls, place a bird box 10-30 feet in height at the tree limb.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

The preference of Ash-throated flycatchers is extremely different from other kinds of birds with regard to its preferred housing location. This species prefers staying at mesquite thickets and dry plains that have a few trees or cacti. The height of a birdhouse that you have to build for these can vary from 3-20 feet.

Other Things that You Ought to Know

When selecting a bird house or a bird box, do not just look for those that have the right height. The dimensions of the entry hole as well as breadth of the roof and the floor are also important in determining whether the birds would be able to stay comfortably inside the home. Place a bird box at a place where too many people won’t flock to watch them. Birds prefer privacy – that’s one thing you must remember.


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