birdhouse with oxidized copper roof on metal pole with perches
Photo: Nancy Andrews
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Perch and Pose

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.

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