Bird houses provide nesting sites for birds that require a cavity in which to nest. Primary cavity nesting species (such as woodpeckers) excavate their own sites. Secondary cavity nesters rely on pre-existing cavities. Secondary nesters lack the ability to create their own nesting sites and will readily accept secondary housing. Download Nesting Behavior Chart
There are three types of housing categories carried by most Wild Birds Unlimited stores. The first is considered functional; the second is functional decorative, and the third is for decorative use only.
It is important that functional houses meet the criteria of the proper housing situation for birds. It is important that houses have the following characteristics:
Functional houses should fit the requirements for the kind of bird that is desired and should be mounted in a manner that is safe for that kind of bird. Visit your local Wild Birds Unlimited store for more information.
Decorative Functional Houses
Decorative functional houses are often painted or decorated. They should perform as basic houses for customers who wish to provide housing for the birds, but want a more decorative look for their yards. These are also used as decoration inside homes and offices. This category of houses may include houses that are decorated but do not necessarily fill all of the functional housing requirements. It is important for this category of houses to fulfill basic requirements such as ventilation, drainage, clean-out and basic size requirements.
Decorative houses are not functional houses. They do not meet enough of the requirements to be considered proper housing for birds. They should only be used as decoration for inside the home, office, etc. Decorative houses are great for nature lovers to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside.