Rectangular wooden nestbox.

This is the most common type of nestbox and the type often sold in various sizes from pet stores.
Basically it is a retangular box with a entrance hole near the top and and opening lid or flap on the front. The nest area is at the bottom of the box. The overall size of the box and the diameter of the entrance hole will depend on the size of the bird.

Probably the biggest disadvantage of this design is that a bird entering the nestbox will drop down on top of any eggs or another bird already in the nestbox.
This situation can be improved by including a shelf just below the entrance hole in such a way that a bird entering can not drop directly to the nest area.

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Last modified: 12 July 2000