Bird feeder

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Sparrows at a bird feeder
Feed column

Birdhouses are covered feeding places for free-living birds that are stocked with bird seed.


A typical design of a bird feeder is a small wooden house; Weatherproof material, usually tar cardboard , is used to cover roofs, which are usually pointed-gable . The garden design aspect of birdhouses, on the other hand, can be seen, for example, in decorations that stand for hallmarks of human living quarters, such as stylized chimneys.

Vertical or hanging tubes with perches attached to the lower end are also common. This construction has the advantage that the birds do not sit in the feed. This means that your excrement cannot contaminate the feed and transmit pathogens.


  • Klaus Richarz, Martin Hormann: Just build it yourself. Species-appropriate nesting and feeding houses for domestic birds. Aula-Verlag, Wiebelsheim 2013, ISBN 978-3-89104-754-5

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