Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Eastern Bluebird Nestbox

Nestbox for Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Eastern Bluebirds


Species Nestbox Dimensions for Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Eastern Bluebirds



Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


Eastern Bluebird 


 Western Bluebird


 Mountain Bluebird


Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Violet-green Swallow


The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Eastern Bluebird Nestbox is constructed with Red Cedar.  Wood stock is rough-cut on both sides so birds can grip interior and exterior surfaces.

It has a 5" by 5" floor (inside dimensions), 12" floor to ceiling (inside front), 1 1/2" diameter entrance hole located 10" above the floor (to top of hole) and ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

The hinged roof provides easy access for monitoring and cleaning.   Shutter hooks secure roof in closed position.  Pilot holes in both primary and secondary work pieces makes for easy assembly in minutes.


For Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, mount in woodland edges near clearings within the proximity of lowlands and water, from just out of reach to twenty feet - no more than can safely be reached and returned to for yearly maintenance.

Installations out of reach should be installed and maintained by professionals: carpenters, electricians, power line workers, etc.

Since the Sapsucker often excavates new cavities (often in the same tree), it might make sense to fill the box with wood chips, or half full, it's debated.

For Eastern Bluebirds mount houses on fence lines on the sides of posts facing the next post. The recessed position helps avoid cattle or other large animals that like to rub against them.

Make a "bluebird trail" of several houses about 100 yards apart; further in wide open expanses and closer in clearings of wooded areas.

Monitor the boxes for unwanted squatters. Deter predators with steel posts or sheet metal wrapped around wood posts. Avoid shade, but also avoid direct sunlight through the entrance if possible.

Tree Swallow Nestboxes placed between bluebird nest boxes invite good neighbors that will help defend against sparrows, but the bird houses also invite sparrows, so monitor the swallow houses as well as the bluebird houses.    

See assembly instructions and complete plans below.

Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens, Tree and Violet Green Swallows (and sparrows) may use this nest box.



Nest Box Plans

Nestbox Plans and Dimensions for Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Eastern Bluebirds




Safety First

Assemble woodworking projects in a safe area on a work bench approximately waist high.

Wear eye protection.  Eye injuries are the most common assembly mishap.

Keep hardware and tools away from children.and infants; store away when not in use.


Assembly Instructions

1) Fasten Right Side to Back Panel with screws. 2) Fasten Floor to Right Side and Back 3) Fasten Left Side to Back Panel and Floor. 4) Fasten Front Panel.

Assembly Instructions

5) Fasten Hinges to Roof with Small Screws 6) Fasten Roof and Hinges to Back Panel. 7) Fasten Shutter Hooks to Roof and Sides with Round-head Screws 8) Mount Nestbox with Large Screws at appropriate Height. (see specific species mounting height and habitat.)



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