Bird baths are a useful and charming addition to any garden. Let us help you choose the perfect style, size and materials for your new backyard bird oasis.

Bird baths are a charming addition to any garden or backyard. Not only that, but according to ornithologists, having a birdbath in your garden will attract more birds than a bird feeder alone. They mimic natural puddles found in nature and attract local birds into your garden to bathe and drink.

To help you choose the perfect birdbath for your home, we are listing the best styles, materials, and design features, as well as the best tips for an easy maintenance birdbath you can enjoy for years.

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What materials are best for birdbaths? 

The best materials for birdbaths are generally ones that can be cleaned easily. Traditional English garden birdbaths are made out of concrete or terracotta. These make a lovely lawn ornament, however they can be very difficult to clean.

Due to stagnant water and debris brought in by the birds, birdbaths are prone to algae growth, and porous concrete holds this more than other materials. If you live in colder climates, concrete and glazed stone birdbaths are also prone to cracking in extreme frosts.

Light Brown Traditional Concrete Stand Birdbath
Gray Simple Concrete Pedestal Birdbath
Brown Stylish Concrete Fountain Birdbath
Blue Stylish Concrete Hand Birdbath
Green Classic Concrete Pedestal Birdbath
Gray Contemporary Concrete Bowl & Stand Birdbath

Plastic is another common material used for modern birdbaths. These are much easier to keep clean but are usually not as aesthetically pleasing.

Green Rustic Plastic Stand Birdbath
White Victorian Plastic Pedestal Birdbath
Red Contemporary Acrylic Stake Birdbath
Silver Elegant Plastic Pedestal Birdbath
Brown Traditional Fiberglass Bowl & Stand Birdbath
Colorful Contemporary Plastic Stand Birdbath

Porcelain or ceramic birdbaths are a beautiful alternative as long as the dish does not have a steep slope that the birds will slip down.

Green Rustic Ceramic Bowl & Stand Birdbath
Teal Elegant Ceramic Leaf Birdbath
Blue Classic Ceramic Bowl & Stand Birdbath
Yellow Elegant Ceramic Bowl Birdbath
Blue Classic Ceramic Pedestal Birdbath
Brown Vintage Ceramik Bowl Birdbath

For something more decorative that is also easy to clean, glass or blown glass birdbaths are both colorful, durable and easy to clean.

Traditional Glass American Flag Birdbath
Colorful Elegant Glass Hanging Birdbath
Yellow Classic Glass Sunflower Hanging Birdbath
Teal Bright Glass Butterfly Stand Birdbath
Green Stylish Glass Frog Bowl & Stand Birdbath
Red Stylish Glass Petal Birdbath

What birdbath style should I choose?

As well as the material of the birdbath, you should consider different styles. The style you choose should consider both your personal preference, as well as the needs of the birds it is for. 

When you think about birdbaths, you probably automatically imagine a freestanding concrete structure in the garden. However there are many different styles that would suit different birds and backyards.

While most birds prefer water sources closer to the ground as this mimics nature more closely, many small birds prefer high standing birdbaths as it gives them a vantage point.

Hanging birdbaths add extra security from predators such as cats and dogs, where a mounted birdbath on the edge of your balcony would be much easier to keep clean.

Blue Contemporary Ceramic Hanging Birdbath
Blue Modern Ceramic Hanging Birdbath
Green Elegant Copper Shell Wall Mounted Birdbath
Brown Elegant Copper Heart Wall Mounted Birdbath
Silver Stylish Iron Hanging Ring Birdbath
Brown Classic Copper Hex Wall Mounted Birdbath

For any style that you choose, remember that birds are attracted to moving, sparkly water. That means that flowing or dripping water will attract more birds than a bowl of water alone. For the ultimate bird-attracting birdbath, a fountain-style water feature would be a great option. This would keep the water moving consistently and bring more birds to your garden.

Gray Traditional Resin Fountain Birdbath
Brown Stylish Concrete Tree Fountain Birdbath
Gray Modern Concrete Bowl & Stand Birdbath
Brown Stylish Concrete Ring Of Birds Birdbath
Light Brown Elegant Concrete Birch Trunk Birdbath
Brown Elegant Concrete Buttercup Fountain Birdbath

Even better, a recirculating pump with a filter will keep the water moving and make it cleaner. Moving water has one more important benefit benefit - it prevent the reproduction of mosquitoes, which need stagnant water for reproduction.

The best style of birdbath is one that 

  • Is easy to clean
  • Keeps the birds safe
  • Is easy for you to change the water
  • Includes moving water

How big should a birdbath be? 

The size of your birdbath will primarily depend on how big your garden is. However, there are several other considerations for the size and height of your birdbath.

For example, if the basin is too shallow, the water will dry up. A small diameter may also lead to territorial issues if there isn't enough room for different birds.

If it is too deep, birds might not be able to bathe in it like they would in a natural puddle. It may also get dirty faster with too much water.

In general, the water in your birdbath should be no more than about 1-2 inches deep. It should also have a gently sloped basin so the birds can get in and out easily.

For best results, choose a birdbath that provides varied depths so that you accommodate different bird species. You could also find decorative rocks that will allow birds to sit at different heights.

Tips for a low maintenance birdbath 

Birdbaths can be beautiful, but they can also mean more cleaning and maintenance around the garden. To avoid this, you need to choose the right design.

Birdbaths often start to fill with unsightly algae. This is because many traditional styles let the water sit stagnantly. This results in growth, and ultimately fewer birds enjoying your carefully chosen design feature.

There are a few ways you can reduce and mitigate this issue.

Finding the perfect birdbath is the ideal decorative addition to your garden that will also keep the local birds happy!