What Attracts Birds to a House? Just as home buyers look for specific features when house shopping a large kitchen, enough bedrooms, garage size, etc. birds also need certain features in their houses. Factors that affect which birds will use a bird house or nesting box include; Entrance hole size, Overall cavity depth and house height, Interior floor dimensions, General house shape and design, Materials used, House location and mounting style.
Position the bird house far enough away from brush so predators cannot stage an ambush, but close enough to plants so parent birds can easily scout the area. Five to eight feet of distance is sufficient for most bird houses. Similarly, keep bird houses away from popular feeding areas to prevent territorial conflicts between feeding birds and nesting parents. Choose natural colors so the bird house will blend into the surroundings: Browns and dark shades of green are the most suitable choices and will be the most attractive to birds. If desired, decorate the house with natural materials to keep it concealed but still an ornamental focal point in the yard.