If built and installed carefully, a birdhouse will shelter birds and please their human admirers season after season.
Oxidized copper is a suitable roof for a birdhouse: it offers attractive, durable protection without being so flashy as to signal predators. Just make sure not to hang a metal-roofed birdhouse in direct sunlight. White paint deflects heat, but be certain the paint or stain does not contain lead, creosote, or VOC's. The metal pole for this lantern-style birdhouse features several perches, a veritable playground for feathered friends.