Wild Birds

Great Crested Flycatcher Nest Box

Bird Houses & Nesting Box: Great Crested Flycatcher

The following nest box may be used by any one of the below cavity-nesting birds:

Great Crested Flycatcher Bird Houses
Great Crested Flycatcher Bird Houses

Suitable Nestbox Size: ~ 9 inches tall.

Floor Dimensions: at least 6″ x 6″ .

Material to be used: Red Cedar (more durable than other wood material), rough cut boards or exterior-grade plywood at least 1/2″ thick. Unpainted. Ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof. Although some experts disagree with the notion that ventilation openings are needed at all. Please refer to this article for further information. This may also depend on location of nest box, exposure to direct sun as well as material used to build the nest box.

Entrance Hole: About 1.75 in diameter to keep the larger birds out, about 7 inches above the floor.

Roof: Hinged, secured with shutter hooks. Sloped down, overlapping on the sides and the front reduces exposure to rain and makes it more difficult for predators to get to the chicks or eggs.

Hardware: Best to use corrosion-resistant, stainless steel and dichromate plated screws

Great Crested Flycatcher Nest Box
Great Crested Flycatcher Nest Box

Predator Guard: An inverted metal cone attached below the next box will provide some protection against predators.


Mount on a tree, post, fence or wall, ideally about 5 and 6 feet high with partial sun and shade

Position nest far enough from roads, paths or trails to minimize disturbance.

Take nest box down after each breeding season, and repair and sanitize before reusing.


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Gordon Ramel

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