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  • Bird Nest Box Dimensions

    Species Box floor (inches) Box height (inches) Entrance height (inches) Entrance (inches) Placement
    diameter height
    (feet)
    American Robin* 7 x 8 8 -- --  
    Eastern & Western Bluebirds 5 x 5 8 - 12 6 - 10 1 ½ 4 - 6
    Mountain Bluebirds 5 x 5 8 - 12 6 - 10 1 ½ 4 - 6
    Chickadee 4 x 4 8 - 10 6 - 8 1 1/8 4 - 15
    Titmouse 4 x 4 10 - 12 6 - 10 1 ¼ 5 - 15
    Ash-throated Flycatcher 6 x 6 8 - 12 6 - 10 1 ½ 5 - 15
    Great CrestedFlycatcher 6 x 6 8 - 12 6 - 10 1 ¾ 5 - 15
    Phoebe* 6 x 6 6 -- -- 8 - 12
    Brown-headed/Pygmy/Red-breasted Nuthatch 4 x 4 8 - 10 6 - 8 1 ¼ 5 - 15
    White-breasted Nuthatch 4 x 4 8 - 10 6 - 8 1 3/8 5 - 15
    Prothonotary Warbler 5 x 5 6 4 - 5 1 1/8 4 - 8
    Barn Swallow* 6 x 6 6 -- -- 8 - 12
    Purple Martin 6 x 6 6 1 - 2 2 ¼ 6 - 20
    Tree and Violet-green Swallows 5 x 5 6 - 8 4 - 6 1 ½ 5 - 15


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

    Nest Box Dimensions
    Species Box floor (inches) Box height (inches) Entrance height (inches) Entrance (inches) Placement
    diameter height
    (feet)
    Downy Woodpecker 4 x 4 8 - 10 6 - 8 1 ¼ 5 - 15
    Hairy Woodpecker 6 x 6 12 - 15 9 - 12 1 ½ 8 - 20
    Lewis's Woodpecker 7 x 7 16 - 18 14 - 16 2 ½ 12 - 20
    Northern Flicker 7 x 7 16 - 18 14 - 16 2 ½ 6 - 20
    Pileated Woodpecker 8 x 8 16 - 24 12 - 20 3 x 4 15 - 25
    Red-Headed Woodpecker 6 x 6 12 - 15 9 - 12 2 10 - 20
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 5 x 5 12 - 15 9 - 12 1 ½ 10 - 20
    Bewick's/House Wrens 4 x 4 6 - 8 4 - 6 1 ¼ 5 - 10
    Carolina Wrens 4 x 4 6 - 8 4 - 6 1 ½ 5 - 10
    Barn Owl 10 x 18 15 - 18 4 6 12 - 18
    Screech-Owl and Kestrel 8 x 8 12 - 15 9 - 12 3 4 - 8
    Osprey 48 x 48 (platform)       10 - 30
    Red-tailed Hawk/Great Horned Owl 24 x 24 platform        
    Wood Duck 10 x 18 10 - 24 12 - 16 4 10 - 20


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

     

     

     




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