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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

Nest boxes simulate tree cavities.

Some birds that nest in tree cavities will also nest inside wood nest boxes if they are the right size.

Some birds that nest on tree branches, cliffs, and rock ledges will also nest on wood platforms.

Birds like birdhouses to be in their favorite places.

 

Feeding birds will not attract birds to nest and raise a family in a bird house.

Nesting, egg laying birds need seclusion and are unlikely to nest in a bird house near throngs of birds flocking to bird feeders.

 

Even cities have large bird populations that live in birdhouses.

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See the right birdhouse to build for each bird species at the Bird House Pages.

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Violet-green Swallow

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Tachycineta
Species: thalassina

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. hirundo a swallow
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. takhus fast, swift

Gr. kinetos move
Gr. kinetes mover
Gr. thalassa the sea
Gr. thalassinos sea green
La. thalassinus sea green

Painting of violet-green swallows one perched on a single branch and more flying high in the background.

About five inches long. Dark metallic green crown and upper parts. Glossed violet above their rump. White face patches, behind the eyes, underside and either side of their rump.

USGS map shows violet-green swallows inhabit western US and Canada.

Violet-green swallows inhabit forests, mountains, farms and towns from Alaska and the Yukon throughout the western mountain states to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico.

They migrate and winter from California and Mexico to Honduras, sometimes as far as Costa Rica and Panama.

Violet-green swallows were reported seen flying with swifts above San Lorenzo ridge in the Santa Marta Mountains of Colombia in January 1983 (B. Whitney and R. Ridgely)

They feed in flocks, sometimes with swifts, on flying insects which they chase in aerobatic maneuvers high over forests, fields and canyons and low over ponds and lakes.

They rarely forage on the ground.

Painting of violet-green swallows preying on high flying insects with sun lit clouds in the background.

Violet-green swallows build nests of grass and feathers in natural or abandoned tree cavities in deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests or in cliff crevices. Like the tree swallow, this bird readily accepts bird houses.

Females lay four or five white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about three weeks.

The Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse (same as for Tree Swallow), has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling, 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount on a tree or post in open woodlands or hang from a tree branch or under an eave between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade.

Remove the nest and clean the box after the brood rearing seasons are over. Sparrows, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and wrens also may use this box.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse

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Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse Plans

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Violet-green Swallow

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Tachycineta
Species: thalassina

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. hirundo a swallow
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. takhus fast, swift

Gr. kinetos move
Gr. kinetes mover
Gr. thalassa the sea
Gr. thalassinos sea green
La. thalassinus sea green

Painting of violet-green swallows one perched on a single branch and more flying high in the background.

About five inches long. Dark metallic green crown and upper parts. Glossed violet above their rump. White face patches, behind the eyes, underside and either side of their rump.
USGS map shows violet-green swallows inhabit western US and Canada.

USGS map shows violet-green swallows inhabit western US and Canada.

Violet-green swallows inhabit forests, mountains, farms and towns from Alaska and the Yukon throughout the western mountain states to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico.

They migrate and winter from California and Mexico to Honduras, sometimes as far as Costa Rica and Panama.

Violet-green swallows were reported seen flying with swifts above San Lorenzo ridge in the Santa Marta Mountains of Colombia in January 1983 (B. Whitney and R. Ridgely)

They feed in flocks, sometimes with swifts, on flying insects which they chase in aerobatic maneuvers high over forests, fields and canyons and low over ponds and lakes.

They rarely forage on the ground.

Painting of a violet-green swallow flock flying high and feeding.

Violet-green swallows build nests of grass and feathers in natural or abandoned tree cavities in deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests or in cliff crevices. Like the tree swallow, this bird readily accepts bird houses.

Females lay four or five white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about three weeks.

​The Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse (same as for Tree Swallow), has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling, 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount on a tree or post in open woodlands or hang from a tree branch or under an eave between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade.

Remove the nest and clean the box after the brood rearing seasons are over. Sparrows, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and wrens also may use this box.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse

Select to view or print the Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse Plans

Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse Plans

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Painting of violet-green swallows one perched on a single branch and more flying high in the background.

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Tachycineta
Species: thalassina

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. hirundo a swallow
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. takhus fast, swift

Gr. kinetos move
Gr. kinetes mover
Gr. thalassa the sea
Gr. thalassinos sea green
La. thalassinus sea green

About five inches long. Dark metallic green crown and upper parts. Glossed violet above their rump. White face patches, behind the eyes, underside and either side of their rump.

USGS map shows violet-green swallows inhabit western US and Canada.

Violet-green swallows inhabit forests, mountains, farms and towns from Alaska and the Yukon throughout the western mountain states to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico.

They migrate and winter from California and Mexico to Honduras, sometimes as far as Costa Rica and Panama.

Painting of a violet-green swallow flock flying high and feeding.

​Violet-green swallows were reported seen flying with swifts above San Lorenzo ridge in the Santa Marta Mountains of Colombia in January 1983 (B. Whitney and R. Ridgely)

They feed in flocks, sometimes with swifts, on flying insects which they chase in aerobatic maneuvers high over forests, fields and canyons and low over ponds and lakes.

They rarely forage on the ground.

Violet-green swallows build nests of grass and feathers in natural or abandoned tree cavities in deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests or in cliff crevices. Like the tree swallow, this bird readily accepts bird houses.

Females lay four or five white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about three weeks.

A cedar birdhouse with hinged roof secured with shutter hooks

Violet-green Swallow Nest Box

The Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse (same as for Tree Swallow), has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling, 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Select to view and print violet-green swallow birdhouse plans.

Violet-green Swallow Nest Box Plans

Mount on a tree or post in open woodlands or hang from a tree branch or under an eave between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade.

Remove the nest and clean the box after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Sparrows, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and wrens also may use this box.​

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