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Are You a Bird House Real Estate Expert?

A bird house for wild birds must meet the requirements of nesting bird behaviour.

Some wild birds nest in a cavity such as a hole in a tree, in the side of a river bank, or in a man-made bird house.

Other birds will build their nest on a tree branch limb or in the crook of a branch.

Robins and Mourning Doves build their nests on something that provides a shelf like protrusion.

Robins are well known for constructing their nurseries on the top of outside light fixtures or outside decorative wreaths. You may be quite familiar with this practice. ;)

Bird House Designs

Building bird houses with particular criteria is important. 

A house plan will include all the necessities to attract a particular type of wild bird species.

Different features will need to be adjusted in a particular bird abode design for a particular wild bird.

For instance the size of a bird house counts. A Chickadee will not build a nest in an owl box. A box built for a large bird like an owl would have a birdhouse hole size far too big for a Chickadee, as would the size of the box be too large.

Style is important too. Not all birds like to nest in a colony. A Chickadee again would not choose a purple martin house with multiple next door neighbours. But Purple Martins on the other hand will only nest in multi-family units.

Purple Martins have also changed their habits over the decades and now only nest in man-made houses.

Decorative Bird Houses

Decorative houses are for the pleasure of the bird watcher not necessarily the birds that are being watched.

But wild birds are happy to inhabit a hand made house with decorative features as long as it fulfills their needs.

The decorative elements are not usually a deterrent for wild birds.

A house is one of the four elements necessary for a successful backyard bird habitat along with food, water and safety.

A good bird real estate expert knows that it is important to meet the needs of wild birds and OK to please their admirers at the same time.

Knowledgeable, happy bird watchers protect natural wildlife habitat.

Take the quiz and find out what you know about the wild bird housing market!

Good Luck!

Bird House Quiz Questions

Are You a Wild Bird Real Estate Expert?

A to encourage birds to nest closer for your bird watching pleasure
B it is a natural "fit" with bird feeding
C both of the above
A lots of direct sun light on the bird houses
B what type of bird houses should be used for the wild birds in my area
C protection from predators
A true
B false
A Song Sparrow
B Nuthatch
C Owl
A to hide from predators
B to look for food
C to roost at night, especially during cooler seasons
A just before the wild birds return in the spring because this is the season they will use them
B anytime of year is a good time as wild birds need time to become accustomed to the new object in your yard
C at night, so they don't see you putting it up
A Cardinals, Blue Jays, Chickadees
B Hummingbirds, Orioles, Warblers
C Wrens, Bluebirds, Bats
A Hummingbird
B Goldfinch
C Tufted Titmouse
A Oriole
B Robin
C Mourning Dove
A Night Hawk
B Starlings
C Pileated Woodpecker

Become A Backyard Bird Expert

        Would you like to be a bird expert able to:

  • Know by sight all the birds that visit your backyard?
  • Identify the birds you hear on a walk?
  • Answer your Grandkids or friends question, "What bird is that?".

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  • Nesting Habits - Wild birds prepare for and raise their baby birds in many different ways. Some birds are solitary in their method and others are communal.
  • Wild Bird Shelters for roosting or homes for cavity nesters are a good way to keep birds in your yard for great bird watching.

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