March 31, 2020

Bird House Reviews

Bird Houses

Birdhouses can be one of the most common things that you can watch and be entertained or fascinated by, especially for children, but did you know just how unique some birdhouses are or how unique you could make them?

To show you what we mean, we put together this list of some of the best birdhouses that you can find or even customize, and if you are not sure which you should get, we answered a few questions that you may have, too.

Top 5: Birdhouses Review

This is one of the most beautiful and modern-looking birdhouses out right now, and it is also one of the largest.

Unlike most birdhouses that only have the entrance hole, this house has small windows (nothing can get in or out through) that you can use to see into the house; from a distance of course.

It is a little more expensive than most, but between the high-quality material and build, the fact that you can get it in several colors (white, blue, or red), and you can even paint over the white if you wanted to put your own personal touch on it, too, this is one of the best birdhouses on the market now.


Pros

  • Is one of the largest.
  • Is ideal for multiple birds.
  • Can come in several designs/colors.

Cons

  • Is one of the more expensive ones.

These are one of the few multi-packs of plain, unpainted birdhouses that you can get to paint for yourself or with a small group of friends or family.

Each comes in their own one of a kind shape and includes a small perch at the entrance of the house so that you are more likely to catch a glimpse of the residents. While they are a bit more expensive than some of the others out there, for the 6 different houses that come in the bundle, it can be way more cost-efficient.

You will have to get some hanging equipment like string and nails/glue or a metal hook since they do not come with any, but most of that can be found for only a few dollars or less.


Pros

  • Comes with 6 individual houses.
  • Are simple and unique.
  • Are all natural.

Cons

  • Do not come with hanging material.

This birdhouse is similar to the first one, except the design is not in one building but several with multiple entrances throughout the house.

One of the more cool features is that nearly all of it is completely made of natural wood, too; so your birds are more likely to feel right at home as if they were living in a proper tree.

Since it is made of all wood, you may want to be careful with where you put it up and how you put it up since it is pretty large and heavy, but once it is up, you can probably expect to see some new birdy tenants within a few days.


Pros

  • One of the more unique houses.
  • Is ideal for multiple birds.
  • Is well-built and durable.

Cons

  • Is a bit heavier than most.

This house has a slightly similar appearance between the last house and the first one but is a little more decorated with the victorian roofing and accent designs. This is also a completely white/white washed painted one, too, which you can either leave like that or paint over if you want a house with a bit more color.

However, the original paint by itself does leave the wood more exposed and at risk of getting damaged, even more so if you live in an area with lots of rain. So you will probably have to buy some animal-friendly waterproof paint or coating and put it on the outside before installing it.

Still, once it is up, you might see a whole family of birds regularly flying in and out since this is one of the larger houses out there.


Pros

  • Is one of the most decorated.
  • Can be left plain or painted.
  • Is ideal for multiple birds.

Cons

  • Needs protective coating.

If you are looking for a small, pre-painted house, then you will probably like this one the most. It is a standard-sized house with several cute accents on the house like some yellow and orange flowers, a white/pink butterfly, and some white and orange flowers, too.

The string that comes with this house is sturdy enough for a year or two, but the weather can shorten the lifespan quite a bit. You can always change the string when you first get it, or wait and see if it is sturdy enough to last a few years where you live.


Pros

  • Is one of the smaller premade ones.
  • Is one of the more affordable ones.
  • Has a nest hole at the bottom.

Cons

  • May need to replace the string.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Big Should the Birdhouse Be?

If you noticed that you have a lot of birds that live around you, then you may want to get a bigger birdhouse rather than the traditional one that is a few inches wide by maybe a foot or so tall.

You could also just get a pack of small ones if you are not looking for something too large or fancy.

Most small houses tend to be large enough for a couple of birds since most birds like to build their nests in tight spaces so that they only have a little bit of room; they like to feel comfortable and snug.

Also, if you can only hang it on a certain tree, you should think about how much weight the tree or branch can hold depending on where and how you are installing it.

Do the Birds like Plain and Simple or Decorated Designs?

Birds are pretty much indifferent to the design of the house. Most birds do not care if the house is overly decorated, but you should try to avoid getting a house that has sharp points or accessories that they may run in to; try to avoid altering a house to add these too, in case you are customizing the house.

Some birds like to have an area that they can perch on right outside of the home. So decorations can be a good thing if you want to be able to see them.

You may also notice that the larger or more noticeable the home, the more likely the house will get visitors like a squirrel or chipmunk.

Should You Get a Pre-Painted/Decorated One or a 'Do It Yourself'?

Prepared houses that are completely finished can be pretty nice and convenient if you are not really the artsy type or you do not have the time to customize the house yourself before you want or need it up.

Although, if you do have the time or you have someone you want to craft with, getting blank houses can be a great option if you want to make a little event or relaxation time by customizing your new birdhouse.

Just remember that most of the time, if a birdhouse can be painted, it means that you cannot just put it outside unpainted because it does not have a protective waterproof coating over the paint; meaning it might cause leaking or a shortened lifespan of the house.

Final Verdict

The Home Bazaar Hand-made Novelty Cottage Bird House would probably come out as the winner when comparing all of these houses with each other, and even if you were to compare them to another birdhouse that was not on this list. It is large, highly detailed, durable, you can paint it if you want, and it has a fairly long lifespan.

If you think you might like the design, even in one of the pre-painted colors, click the link above to check it out, and you can compare it to the design of some of the other houses to get an idea of what house you want.

Interesting Facts About Birds


Birds are one of the most interesting types of creatures on earth. While most possess the same basic characteristics, birds also display some of the weirdest traits in the animal kingdom. Many of their strange behaviors are still unexplained. Let's explore some of the most interesting facts about birds.

Ravens Have an Increcible Mimicking Ability


We may tend to think of parrots when thinking of birds that can mimic humans, but ravens have this ability, too, and some of them are even better than parrots. Only ravens that have been raised alongside humans can mimic human speech.

The raven's ability doesn't stop with human speech, though. They can mimic a whole range of sounds. Ravens in the wild will mimic the sound of wild animals like wolves in order to lure them to a carcass they need help getting open.

Lightweight Skeletons


Birds have very light skeletons to help keep them aloft during flight. Their skeletons are so light that their feathers actually weight more than their bones.

Ostriches Have Really Big Eyes


The award for the land animal with the largest eyes goes to the ostrich. Their eyes are actually the size of a billiard ball and are even larger than their brains.

A Range of Egg Sizes


The smallest bird egg is a hummingbird egg, which is the size of a pea. Coming in with the largest eggs is the ostrich - its eggs are the size of a cantaloupe.

Out of the Mouths of Birds


While many birds get their food fair and square, the parasitic jaeger prefers to steal from other birds. If it sees another bird with food in its mouth, it will bully it into dropping the food and then take the tasty treat for itself.

Anting


Cardinals, and a few other bird species, will occasionally cover themselves in live or dead ants. Scientists are still trying to figure out why the birds do this. Right now, the best guess is that the birds use the formic acid from the ants to rid themselves of parasites such as lice.

It Turns Out the Egg Came First


It's a question nearly as old as time itself: what came first, the chicken or the egg? There is finally an answer to this question. Reptiles laid eggs long before chickens evolved. Thus, the egg came first.

Beautiful Music


A European wren's song may be composed of up to 800 notes. This melody can be heard up to 1,650 feet away.

Smart Birds


Ravens and crows are among the smartest birds. Crows can figure out puzzles and even use some rudimentary tools. Ravens have an even more peculiar trait for an animal. They appear to make plans before actually doing something. This is the first creature in the animal kingdom to do this outside of humans.

Don't Forget About the Pigeons


Pigeons are pretty intelligent in their own right. They severed as messengers during World War II and can recognize human faces. Some scientists claim to have taught pigeons to read. They can recognize 50 words and can distinguish words from nonsense words.

Also, don't leave a pigeon alone with your cell phone. Some of them have learned to use touch screens.

The Elephant Bird


While ostriches are the largest living bird, the biggest bird of all time was the elephant bird. This flightless bird tipped the scales at over 1000 pounds. Their eggs were so large that you could fit seven ostrich eggs inside one elephant bird egg.

Ducks Have Guards That "Keep Watch"


When large groups of ducks sleep together, the ducks on the outside will sleep with one eye open to keep watch for predators. These ducks sleep lightly, and their brains stay partially awake.

Flamingos Eat Upside Down


Have you ever seen a group of flamingos with their heads in the water? They aren't just rooting around for food. They're also eating what they find. They can only eat when their heads are upside down.

The Original Hang Gliders


The albatross can glide for up to six hours without ever flapping its wings.

The Kiwi Is Similar to a Mammal


Strangely, kiwis have a lot in common with mammals. While they have feathers, they resemble mammalian hair or fur more than they resemble bird feathers. Kiwis also have marrow inside their bones and nostrils. Scientists have no idea why they have these mammalian traits.

One more fun fact about the kiwi: they cannot see, so they use smell for hunting.

The First Birds


Birds evolved from reptiles over 147 million years ago, but you probably wouldn't even recognize these early birds. They looked more like reptiles and had tails and teeth.

The Fancy Bearded Vulture


Bearded vultures have a few traits that set them apart from other birds. First, up to 90% of their diet is made up of bone. These vultures drop the bones from high in the air to break into smaller pieces so that they can get to the marrow.

The strangeness doesn't end there. These birds are also the only known bird to dye their feathers. The males use red soil to color their feathers. Scientists think they do this to demonstrate their dominance.

Humans Don't Just Eat Birds - We Eat the Nests, Too!


Swiftlets make their nests using their own saliva, and in certain parts of the world, the nests are eaten by humans. Even though the nest has no distinct flavor, it is one of the most expensive foods in the world.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No It's a...Bird?


The California Condor has an incredibly large wingspan - nine and a half feet! It is so large that people often mistake them for a small airplane when seen from far away.

These magnificent birds are highly endangered. At one point, the entire population numbered 22 birds. The numbers are now up to around 400.

How to Tell If Your Chickens Will Lay Brown or White Eggs


Have you ever wondered why your supermarket has both white and brown eggs? It seems some people prefer one or the other, but why are the eggs different? It turns out that chickens with red earlobes lay brown eggs while chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs. Scientists are not sure why, but there is a genetic link between earlobe color and egg color.

How to Find Some Tasty Earthworms, Bassian Thrush Style


While many birds will root around in the dirt to find some worms, the Bassian thrush has a unique method. If they can't find any earthworms wiggling around, the thrush will actually fart to get the earthworms moving and make them easier to find. A little gross, but it gets the job done.

Humans Aren't the Only Creatures Who Hoard


Woodpeckers hoard acorns by drilling holes and storing them in trees. Some woodpeckers have been known to hoard as many as 50,000 acorns in one tree. Maybe it's time for an intervention.

A Bird Is Actually the Fastest Animal on Earth


While cheetahs can run the fastest on land, the peregrine falcon has been known to reach speeds of up to 242 mph. They move this quickly while diving for prey, so if you see a peregrine falcon bearing down on you, watch out!

Poisonous Birds?


While we tend to think of poisonous reptiles and bugs, there is one species of poisonous bird. The Hooded Pitohui is a bird that is indigenous to Papua, New Guinea. Its skin and feathers contain poisonous secretions.

How Many Types of Birds Are There?


There are numerous types of birds in the world, so many that some have yet to be discovered. Scientists cannot even agree on how many species there are. Some put the average at around 10,000, while others think there may be as many as 18,000 different species. Around 2/3 of the known species are native to tropical rainforests.

Birds are also the most widespread creatures on earth, meaning you can find them virtually anywhere.

Think you can never see that many birds in a lifetime? Some birdwatchers have reported seeing up to 9,000 different species. That's quite a few birds!

Penguins' Coloring Helps Them Stay Safe in the Water


Everyone knows penguins for their distinct black and white coloring, but did you know this coloring serves as camouflage for the birds while they're swimming? When a penguin is in the water, predators below it have trouble seeing its white below because it blends in with the light from above. Creatures above the water have trouble making out the penguin's dark back amidst the waves.

Bird Lungs


Bird lungs are very different from human lungs. Their lungs are more complex and actually take up about 20% of their bodies.

Jumping Penguins


While penguins are mostly known for their distinctive waddle and their graceful swimming, they are also pretty decent jumpers. An adult penguin can jump as high as six feet!

Eat Now, Digest Later


Since birds often have to grab their food an fly away, their digestive systems have adapted to let them digest their food at a later, more appropriate time.

The Chicken and the T. Rex?


Believe it or not, the closest living relative to a T. Rex is a chicken. You may find this a bit of a stretch, but scientists have proven it. The two may look nothing alike, but if you consider the way a chicken runs and how a T. Rex runs, you will notice that there is a similar bone structure there.

The ostrich is also closely related to the T. Rex. Strangely enough, the chicken and the ostrich are not that close, genetically speaking.

En Garde!


The adorable Sword-billed hummingbird is reading for a fencing match. Its beak is longer than the length of its body.

Asleep at the Wheel


Animals have some strange sleeping habits, but the albatross has one of the strangest - and most useful - abilities. It can actually sleep while it flies. They have been reported to sleep and fly at speeds of up to 25 mph.

Chatty Parrots


Everyone knows that parrots can talk, but did you know that African Gray Parrot has the largest vocabulary by far? While most parrots can learn around 50 words, the African Gray Parrot can learn up to 800 words.

Woodpecker Communication


While all woodpeckers may sound the same to you, each woodpecker actually has a distinct drumming pattern. Woodpeckers can recognize one another by this drumming pattern alone.

Underwater Flying


While penguins are known for their swimming abilities, puffins can also swim. Puffins have a unique style of swimming. They swim by flapping their wings, making it look like they are flying underwater.

Superior Water Carriers


A pelican can carry up to two and a half pounds of water in its bill. It can then squeeze out the water, leaving any food for the pelican to eat.

Quack Echo


The laws of physics tell us that when sound waves encounter a solid surface, the waves bounce off, creating an echo. But for some reason, duck quacks have no echo. Scientists are still trying to puzzle this one out.

Hummingbird Metabolism


You've seen how fast a hummingbird can flap its wings, so it's no surprise that these tiny creatures have an insanely high metabolism. In fact, if humans had the same metabolism, we would have to eat around 285 pounds of protein just to maintain it.

Flamingo Love


Once a flamingo finds a mate, it mates for life. Some flamingos stay together for up to 50 years.


We hope you enjoyed these interesting facts about birds and have a newfound appreciation for these amazing creatures!

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