This table contains a lot of useful information for anyone interested in building a nest box

Helping Fish and Wildlife in our Community

Text Box: Habitat Haldimand Inc.

Species

Chances of attracting

Inside dimensions

Hole size & placement

Mounting

Comments

House Wren

Excellent

4X4” base  8” high

1” centred 6” above floor

5-10’ high post or hung in tree

Easiest of all birds to attract   to a nest box

Chickadee

Excellent

5X5” base  8”  high

11/8” centred 6” above floor

Post 4-8’ high

Easy to attract

Tree Swallow

Excellent

5X5” base  6” high

1½” centred 4” above floor

Post 5-8’ high 50-100% sun

Near water is best

Purple Martin

Fair to excellent

Multiple compartments 6x6x6” each

2½” with base of hole 2¼”from floor

15-20’ high post

Near water is best. Must have no obstructions for 50’ in all directions

House Finch

Fair

6X6X6”

2” centred 4½” above floor

Post 8-12’ high 40-60% shade

 

Blue bird

Excellent

5X5” base  8”  high

1½” centred 6” above floor

Post 5’ high facing open field

 

Tufted Titmouse

Excellent

4X4” base  8” high

1¼” centred 6” above floor

Post 4-10’ high Sun or shade

 

Common Flicker

Good

7X7” base 18” high

2½” centred 14” above floor

Post 8-20’ high

Needs 4” sawdust or shavings for nesting

Nuthatch

Fair

4X4” base  10” high

1¼” centred 7½” above floor

Post or tree 12-25’ high

Cover with bark - likes forested area nearby

Downey Woodpecker

Poor

4X4” base  10” high

1¼” centred 7½” above floor

Post or tree 12-25’ high

Prefers sawdust for nesting

Hairy Woodpecker

Poor

4X4” base  10” high

1½” centred 7½” above floor

Post or tree 12-25’ high

Prefers sawdust for nesting

Crested Flycatcher

Fair

6X6” base  15” high

2” centred     6-8” above floor

Post or tree 12-25’ high

Cover box with bark. Likes heavily wooded areas

Red headed Woodpecker

Fair

6X6” base  15” high

2” centred     6-8” above floor

Post or tree 12-25’ high

Needs sawdust for nesting material

Wood duck

Good

10X10” base 24” high

Ellipse 4” wide X 3” high centered  20” above floor

Post or tree 10 to 40’ high facing water

Line inside of front with hardware cloth and add 5” of shavings or sawdust for nesting material

Kestrel

Good

10X10” base 24” high

Ellipse 4” wide X 3” high centered  20” above floor

12-40’ in tree facing open field

 

Screech Owl

Fair

10X10” base 24” high

Ellipse 4” wide X 3” high centered  20” above floor

12-40’ in tree facing open field

Prefers open woods or edge of woodlot

Saw-whet Owl

Fair

10X10” base 24” high

Ellipse 4” wide X 3” high centered  20” above floor

12-40’ in tree facing open field