Although both species have been found in Alaska, only Starlings have become established, as yet. Starling nests have been recorded in central and southeastern Alaska, and the species is regularly observed in southcoastal and western Alaska. Starlings and House Sparrows will use nest boxes with entrance holes larger than 1ƽ inches in diameter. Keep a careful watch on your waterfowl, owl, woodpecker, and bluebird nest boxes to be sure that Starlings and House Sparrows do not invade them. (Please report any observation of Starlings or House Sparrows to Alaska Wildlife Observations, c/o University of Alaska Museum, 907 Yukon Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99701).
Thus, natural cavities are sparsely distributed, particularly in young forests, in areas with low woodpecker populations, and in areas where dead trees have been cut down. In these types of areas, cavity_nesting birds often have difficulty finding nesting and roosting sites and will readily use suitable birdhouses. Properly constructed birdhouses provide nesting and roosting birds the same protection as natural cavities in trees. This includes protection from wind, rain, cold, and nest predators (red squirrels, weasels, ravens, crows, jays, etc.).