Fancy Birdhouses for the Bird Lover and the Birds

The fancy birdhouses available in the marketplace today lend themselves as functional works of art for the indoor or more frequently outdoor living space. The vast selection available allows the bird lover to choose the perfect design(s) and proper accessories to compliment indoor decor and outdoor landscape and architecture. The visual features of these fancy birdhouses should match personal taste and the design should be functional for the specific type of bird(s) that the bird lover wishes to attract.

Fancy birdhouses come in all shapes, sizes, materials, themes and designs. A growing number of these pieces are characteristic of the Victorian architecture found in the U.S. in the mid to late 19th Century. A large number of these birdhouses are miniature imitations of specific historic buildings. Other common styles of fancy birdhouses include representations of cottages, churches, barns, log cabins and lighthouses. Decorative, holiday birdhouses help stir the Christmas spirit with dreamlike snowbound settings just waiting for long lost relatives to walk in the door. Many of these holiday birdhouses are for indoor use only.

These fancy birdhouses range in height from less than 12 inches to greater than 27 inches. While the sizes of the openings and actual cavities are important to the potential avian guests, the overall size is often a function of the budget, existing landscape and taste of the bird lover. Consider that a birdhouse of greater than 24 inches will become the dominant feature in most back yards today. These birdhouses also vary significantly in price. The smaller pieces run less than $50 to greater than $250 for the most elegant birdhouses. They are a great alternative for gifts to and from any proud bird lover.

Types of material used to design birdhouses vary and the proper choice will provide an oasis for avian wildlife competing for shelter. Commercial development and the removal of damaged or diseased trees and shrubbery drive this demand from our feathered friends. Maintenance and durability of the material is also a key factor in your selection. Your choices can include:

  • Wood structure including finish work and shingles
  • Ceramic
  • PVC
  • Copper Roofs
  • Stained glass

A large variety of styles are offered to accommodate human tastes but most importantly, the entrance hole size of the birdhouse is the prominent consideration as its specifications will need to adhere to the species of bird you desire to attract. Most commercially made bird houses have entrances holes that range in size from 1-1/8 inch to 2-1/2 inches. Seemingly minor differences in the size of the opening, even 1/8th of an inch will have bearing on the type of bird you will attract.

Other practical considerations when selecting a fancy birdhouse include: ventilation, drainage and cleaning access. Suitable ventilation holes near the top of the birdhouse help maintain fresh air, a dry house and prevent the nestlings from overheating in the summer. Drainage is also an important aspect since in a downpour most likely rain will get inside. Birdhouses should be equipped with ΒΌ inch drainage holes in the bottom. Nestlings can potentially drown in standing water if adequate drainage is not provided. Also look for a birdhouse that allows easy access to examine nestlings and clean out old nests after your birds have fled for the season.

In reality, wild birds are perfectly happy to take up residence in the hollow of a fallen tree if given the choice. The beautiful detail, elegance and character of today’s fancy birdhouses do much more to satisfy the aesthetic taste of the bird lover or the new home owner. The good news is that these truly functional works of art can satisfy both the bird lover and the birds! You must be aware of the practical considerations for attracting your favorite wild bird before you choose a piece to complement your outdoor living space or indoor decor.