EASTERN PHOEBE BIRDHOUSE
For this project, students were instructed to design a birdhouse for a specific breed of perching bird based on a well-researched understanding of the feeding habits, food preferences, social interaction tendencies, and protective strategies of the bird species chosen, in my case, an Eastern Phoebe.
✰ Eastern Phoebes are plump songbirds with a medium length tail
✰ Usually around 5.5-6.7 in long, 0.6-0.7 oz in weight, and have a 10.2-11 in wingspan
✰ Diet consists of flying insects such as wasps, beetles, flies, etc. in which they like to perch and catch midair in small trips
✰ Although they prefer live meals, Eastern Phoebes can also be attracted with suet traps
✰ Although they are considered loners, Eastern Phoebes mate for life and often take turns caring for their young
✰ Are attracted to human structures, and often build nests on flat surfaces near houses
✰ Do not typically like closed in spaces and are more like to nest on a shelf-like structure
I wanted to create a very open design, due to the fact that Eastern Phoebes typically don't do well in closed spaces, while still allowing for shelter and and places for the bird to perch during hunting. I also needed to consider the size of the design in order to fit both a male and a female during mating season.