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Bird House and Nest Box Dimensions

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Various species of birds prefer birdhouses of certain sizes.  Of course, you will want to make the entrance hole large enough for the type of bird you wish to nest in it.  The hole needs to be ONLY that size since larger holes invite predators (birds, squirrels, etc.) to invade the box, either killing the chicks or taking over the box and evicting the previous residents.

Here's a handy table to use when deciding the dimensions and placement of a bird house.  (Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Migratory Bird Management, Homes for Birds.)  Printer friendly version here.

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Species Box floor
inches
Box height
inches
Entrance height
inches
Entrance diameter
inches
Placement height
feet
American Robin 7x8 8 * * 6-15
Eastern & Western Bluebird 5x5 8-12 6-10 1-1/2 4-6
Mountain Bluebird 5x5 8-12 6-10 1-1/2 4-6
Chickadees 4x4 8-10 6-8 1-1/8 4-15
Titmice 4x4 10-12 6-10 1-1/4 5-15
Ash-throated Flycatcher 6x6 8-12 6-10 1-1/2 5-15
Great Crested Flycatcher 6x6 8-12 6-10 1-3/4 5-15
Phoebes 6x6 6 * * 8-12
Brown-headed Pygmy and Red-breasted Nuthatch 4x4 8-10 6-8 1-1/4 5-15
White-breasted Nuthatch 4x4 8-10 6-8 1-3/8 5-15
Prothonotary Warbler 5x5 6 4-5 1-1/8 4-8
Barn Swallow 6x6 6 * * 8-12
Purple Martin 6x6 6 1-2 2-1/4 6-20
Tree and Violet-Green Swallows 5x5 6-8 4-6 1-1/2 5-15
Downy Woodpecker 4x4 8-10 6-8 1-1/4 5-15
Hairy Woodpecker 6x6 12-15 9-12 1-1/2 8-20
Lewis's Woodpecker 7x7 16-18 14-16 2-1/2 12-20
Northern Flicker 7x7 16-18 14-16 2-1/2 6-20
Pileated Woodpecker 8x8 16-24 12-20 3x4 15-25
Red-Headed Woodpecker 6x6 12-15 9-12 2 10-20
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker 5x5 12-15 9-12 1-1/2 10-20
Bewick's and House Wrens 4x4 6-8 4-6 1-1/4 5-10
Carolina Wren 4x4 6-8 4-6 1-1/2 5-10
Barn Owls 10x18 15-18 4 6 12-18
Screech Owls and Kestrel 8x8 12-15 9-12 3 10-30
Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl 24x24 platform
Wood Ducks 10x18 10-24 12-16 4 10-20

* Use nesting shelf, platform with three sides and an open front   

See The Little Chickadee's LARGE selection of houses and nest boxes here.