7 Unique Birdhouses Your Birds Will Actually Use

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Decorative birdhouses are fun, but not always practical for birds. These unique birdhouses provide safe nesting spots for your feathered friends.

Adding shelter for nesting birds is a must for any backyard birder. We’ve rounded up our favorite decorative and unique birdhouses that add whimsy to your garden, but also are practical for birds. To boost your chance of attracting nesting birds, follow these basic birdhouse guidelines. You can actually attract different species to nesting boxes based on the size of the entrance hole, the location, and more.

Follow these proven tips to attract birds to a birdhouse.

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Snoopy Doghouse Birdhouse

Woodstock won’t be the only adorable feathered friend to visit Snoopy’s doghouse. This birdhouse is perfect for all Peanuts fans.

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Stone Cottage Birdhouse

This little charmer has adorable accessories but still meets birds’ requirements, including a removable back wall for cleaning. One note: It’s probably better to mount this unique birdhouse on a wall or post rather than hanging it from a branch to provide nesting birds more stability.

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Bluebird House

Bluebirds have very specific nesting requirements, so you want to make sure to mount this box on a pole and place it in an open area. This birdhouse is recommended by the North American Bluebird Society. You may also welcome a family of tree swallows!

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Birdhouse Trailer

Feathered friends like nuthatches and chickadees will flock to this adorable, handmade trailer. It’s a fun, unique birdhouse for anyone who enjoys camping or traveling. You can get it personalized with a custom license plate.

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Rustic Wren House

Wrens will adore this little birdhouse that looks like a country barn. The tiny 1 1/8 inch hole is just big enough for the birds, but small enough to keep out predators. Plus, there’s no perch, which helps deter sparrows. Open up the bottom panel for easy cleaning.

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Purple Martin Gourds

If you want to attract purple martins, then try hanging up these white plastic gourds. Choose from a pack of 4, 6 or 8; each has a drainage hole. Starling guards and mounting hardware is included.

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Patriotic Birdhouse

Celebrate the stars and stripes with this festive and unique birdhouse, decked out with red, white and blue bunting. It’s totally cute and fully functional, with drainage, ventilation and a back that removes for easy cleaning. You can also purchase a pedestal pole to securely mount the house.

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Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.