The Importance of Bird Houses – Bird House Benefits

The birds that visit your backyard are a part of the whole ecosystem. The Importance of bird houses can’t be understated if you want to attract birds to your yard. Having a home for your feathered friends adds some interest to your yard and makes sure the birds will keep visiting.  There are also many other bird house benefits, as well.

The importance of bird houses are many. It gives birds a place to nest and raise their young. There are also many ecological bird house benefits.

The Importance of Bird Houses

There are many bird house benefits, other than just giving visiting birds a place to roost. If you attract them to your yard by having bird friendly bird houses, and adding fresh clean water to the yard, the birds will help out in many ways in your garden.

Bird Houses are often called nesting boxes because they provide a safe place for birds to build their nests, protected from the elements and predators. In the winter months, they give visiting birds a place to snuggle together for warmth away from the cold air.

  • Controlling pests.  Since birds eat insects, they will help to eliminate unwanted pests in your yard and free you from needing to use otherwise harmful pesticides.
  • Weed control.  Birds love to eat weed seeds.  Gardeners do not like to weed. A Win win situation for all!
  • Flower pollination.  There are many birds who love to sip nectar from flowers and help to pollinate. With the bee population diminishing, attracting birds who do this is sure to benefit your garden.
  • Conservation. Birds love native plants.  If you grow these and then attract birds to your yard with bird friendly birdhouses, you will find that your gardening chores will diminish.
  • Property Values. A well maintained home with native landscaping that attracts birds has great curb appeal, which helps with property values. 

Choosing the right bird house is a matter of personal taste.  The come in all shapes and sizes, to match any outdoor decor.  Here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration.  

Blue bird house

A bird house can easily fit your outdoor garden theme.  This blue one will be right at home in a cottage garden.DIY funnel bird house

If you don’t want to buy a bird house, then get out your DIY supplies. A rusty old funnel makes a great top to this DIY bird house.

Huge bird house

You don’t have to think small! This monster of a bird house will be the focal point of any garden!Keep bird houses clean to attract birds in winter

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from caring for your feather friends. Keep bird houses stocked with food in the colder months too.  See my tips for attracting birds in winter here.bird house for many birdsThis old rustic bird house is almost a hotel for birds. It will house many birds at one time.

FancyAnd finally, this fancy bird house from our affiliate Amazon has a Dickens look to it.  So cute and less than $18 including free shipping!

Birds are an important part of any back yard garden and the importance of bird houses is more than just attracting birds to your yard. Choose the right bird house to ensure that you’ll get all of the benefits of have birds nearby.

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  25 comments for “The Importance of Bird Houses – Bird House Benefits

  1. Jade Brunet
    12/07/2016 at 6:01 pm

    I appreciate this article about the benefits of birdhouses. It is good to know that they are a form of pest control. Inviting the birds would help to eliminate unwanted pesticides. Something to consider would be to ensure that the entrance hole is bid enough for desired birds to enter.

  2. Dennis Sanchez
    12/19/2016 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve been looking for a gift to give my brother for his birthday. You mentioned that bird houses can attract birds, and those birds often eat weed seeds. My brother despises weeding his garden, so perhaps what he needs is some more birds on his property. I’ll be sure to look for just the right birdhouse that will not only attract birds, but work as a great decoration.

    • Carol
      12/19/2016 at 7:11 pm

      Sounds like a win win idea Dennis!

  3. Ben Allen
    01/12/2017 at 12:40 pm

    I appreciate the information on the benefits of having a bird house. I never really thought about the fact that having a bird house could help control pests, it makes sense though since birds eat the pests. My sister has been wanting to put a birdhouse up in their backyard, I will be sure to share this information with her.

    • Carol
      01/12/2017 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Ben. Glad you found the article helpful. Carol

  4. Annika Larson
    02/27/2017 at 3:24 pm

    I love to garden, and I absolutely love when birds come to join me in my yard! I didn’t realize that there are so many benefits to having an outdoor birdfeeder or birdhouse. Who would’ve thought that birds could help with weed control as you said? That’s awesome! I will definitely have to look into finding some birdfeeders for my yard!

    • Carol
      02/28/2017 at 9:47 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article Annika. Carol

  5. Mary Cress
    03/07/2017 at 11:24 pm

    I just moved into a Park Model home in Arizona from Minnesota & wanted to attract birds to my new desert home because I love them!

    I’m thinking about a birdbath with a little fountain. Do you think this would be sufficient, or can you suggest a birdhouse for my new lifestyle?

    • Carol
      03/08/2017 at 10:06 am

      Hi Mary, A birdbath will attract the birds since it provides water. I have two in my gardens. But a birdhouse provides food so that would have an extra attraction. It really depends on personal choice and the amount of time spent maintaining them. Birdbaths need cleaning often, and birdhouses need to have the foods added when they run out. Carol

  6. Pam Lassila
    03/30/2017 at 10:11 am

    I think it is a great idea to have bird houses in your yard! I like the idea that this article pointed out about birds are a part of the whole ecosystem. It’s good for the environment and it keeps your yard more interesting and happy!

    • Carol
      03/30/2017 at 10:16 am

      Glad you enjoyed the article, Pam. Carol

  7. Kylie Dotts
    07/14/2017 at 12:06 pm

    I had never considered pest control as a benefit from having more birds around your home. We have a plight of mosquitos that attack us regularly and would really benefit from a decrease in their numbers. When we remodel our backyard later this year we’ll have to look at getting some birdhouse garden decor that would go with the theme of the area. That way we could get some more birds and less bugs!

    • Carol
      07/14/2017 at 5:06 pm

      Nature does seem to know what it is doing doesn’t it? Carol

  8. 08/17/2017 at 5:54 pm

    I never thought about how attracting birds to your yard could help control pests. Birds are often insectivorous. Birdhouse, but also bird feeders and bird baths all help to attract birds.

  9. Finn Stewart
    09/26/2017 at 11:41 pm

    I like how you mentioned that bird houses can help control pests. It makes sense that if you can attract birds to a home they will help unwanted pests in your yard by eating them. My wife has always wanted a bird house and it sounds like we might have an excuse to get one. I’ll have to let her know about all the advantages of owning a bird house.

  10. 10/18/2018 at 2:26 am

    It got my attention when you said that two of the reasons why it is a good idea to have a birdhouse is that birds love to eat insects and they also love to eat weed. My dad hates insects since, for some reason, he is scared of ladybugs, while my mom hates weeds because it ruins the landscape that she has worked hard on. Because of this, I think we do need to have a birdhouse in the property. It will benefit both of them after all.

  11. Millie Hue
    03/28/2019 at 12:46 am

    Thanks for pointing out that we must be taking care of the birdhouse even in the winter months by putting food and water in them. I will keep that in mind now that I plan to buy one for my garden this coming April. It’s my first time to have a garden, so I am really new to things like these since I have always lived in a condominium unit back then.

  12. Thomas Jameson
    05/14/2019 at 11:30 am

    It’s great that birdhouses can increase property value. My wife and I are looking for a new house and would like our current one to sell for as much as possible. We’ll keep birdhouses in mind as an option.

  13. 06/17/2019 at 9:09 am

    I never realized that birds eat weed seeds and help with eliminating unwanted insects! My husband and I are trying our hand at gardening this year, and we’ve been surprised how often we have to weed and do damage-control because of pests. We’ll have to see if there are any cute birdfeeders to hang in our yard to help welcome birds and eliminate these concerns! Thanks for the info!

  14. 08/08/2019 at 1:06 pm

    That’s really cool that birds will get rid of pests around your house. Recently, we’ve found a lot of bugs near our home but we also have some birds that fly by. I’ll have to look into animal themed bird feeders.

  15. Elaine Sefcik
    10/23/2019 at 9:11 pm

    Do you realize that larger animals can enter the birdhouse and eat their eggs and attack the young? Birdhouses need to have a metal slate predator guard to keep entrance from being enlarged by squirrels. Never use a rusty metal funnel or any metal as a roof for a birdhouse, unless you want the birds to roast or suffocate of heat exhaustion in the summer. Winter birdhouses should have an entrance 2 inches from the floor. Summer birdhouses should have an entrance 2 inches from the roof. That’s because warm air rises so birds will be cozy in the winter. Cool air sinks so birds will feel refreshed in the summer. Birdhouses should be made entirely of wood with proper ventilation and drainage.

  16. 01/23/2020 at 3:58 pm

    I loved how you mentioned that birdhouses can help with eliminating insects since they eat them. Recently I have been wanting to find more ways to make my garden look more beautiful, and I was wondering if adding a birdhouse could be beneficial. I really appreciate you helping me learn more about the benefits of birdhouses!

  17. 01/31/2020 at 11:29 am

    My sister told me that she would find a way to keep her garden healthier. I did not know that birds like weed seeds. Thanks for sharing this article, it might be a good idea for my sister to put a birdhouse in her garden to have extra help.

  18. 05/04/2020 at 8:11 pm

    It’s interesting how you wrote an article about outdoor bird feeders and its importance to the ecosystem. Apparently, I’ve been looking for some designs online to match the style of my house. I like that you mentioned how having one can increase my yard’s appeal by giving a place to stay for the birds.

  19. 07/14/2020 at 1:09 pm

    I like how you mentioned that a way to keep feathered friends visiting your yard is by installing a birdhouse. My wife is thinking of looking decorative garden birdhouses because she’s considering adding more appealing features to her gardening area to increase the overall look of it. It seems like a good idea for my wife to think about getting a decorative house for a bird so that her garden can look as nice as possible while attracting more feathered friends.

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