Bird baths provide a place for your feathered friends to drink and bathe themselves in your yard, and they can often help attract more birds. Furthermore, many bird baths are rather attractive, so they serve a dual use as garden ornament as well. “Birdbaths not only provide drinking water for birds, but they also allow birds to clean their feathers, which is important for flight and staying warm in cold weather,” explains John Rowden, senior director of the National Audubon Society’s Bird-Friendly Communities tool. “A water source can improve the odds of survival of birds and other species, especially during the winter, when most water is frozen, or during times of drought.”
There are many different types of bird baths available today, and in general, you’ll want to select one that is the appropriate size for your local bird species and is simple to clean and maintain. While traditional bird baths are freestanding pedestals, you can also find choices that dangle from trees or can be fastened to a deck railing. There are even heated models for all-year use, as well as fountains to create a relaxing environment in your yard. Here are the best bird baths to pamper your feathered companions to help you narrow down your options.
1. Bits and Pieces Hanging Flower Petal Birdbath
The Bits and Pieces Hanging Bird Bath is a colourful choice for your yard if you want to indulge your birds without breaking the bank. This hanging bath is on the small side, measuring only 8 inches in diameter, and it hangs on a 15-inch-long triple chain. This bird bath has a tempered glass bowl with a lovely flower design. The bowl’s rims are blue and fade to white, with a vivid green centre completing the flower. It can easily hung from a tree branch or garden post, and the price is unbeatable for a stylish and effective piece of outdoor art.
2. Alpine Corporation Ceramic Pedestal Bird Bath
You can’t go wrong with this ceramic model from Alpine for a bird bath that’s both elegant and long-lasting. The pedestal-style bath is 24 inches tall with a 16-inch upper bowl and comes in a variety of lovely hues with a purposely faded crackle coating for an antique look. The unit’s base has a flying bird motif on the side, and there are two small ceramic bird on the bath’s rim. This bird bath is made of sturdy ceramic and comes in two sections. The bowl is built to sit on best of the pedestal base, and the entire assembly weights roughly 20 pounds, making it strong enough to withstand a few bird fluttering around. The bath is only 3-inches deep, which is shallow enough to accommodate bird of all sizes, and its eye-catching design will look fantastic in your landscape.
3. Kenroy Home Vogel Fountain
Bird bath with fountains attract more birds, and the Kenroy Home Vogel Fountain would be an eye-catching addition to your yard. This lovely fountain stands just over 27 inches tall and has a two-tier bath with water flowing from the top level to the bottom. The bottom bowl has an appealing ripping design, and a lovely bird perches on the top level, where water bubbles up. This fountain is powered by a thermal-sensitive pump that shuts off immediately if the water level drops too low, preventing motor damage. It includes an 8-foot waterproof power cord with a two-tone, dark teal finish that is both stylish and sturdy.
4. Campania International Concept Birdbath
Because of its appealing contemporary style, the Campania International Concept Bird bath is guaranteed to become a focal point in your yard. This item is composed of high-density cast stone for unrivalled durability and has a hand-applied patina for a more rustic look. You can also select from a variety of finishes, depending on the aesthetic you want to achieve. This bird bath is 24 inches tall and slightly more than 19 inches in diameter, and the bowl has an unusual geometric shape that makes it appear to be a sculpture. The bird bath’s base weighs 71 pounds and the best 33 pounds, so it can readily handle whatever Mother Nature throws at it.
5. VIVOHOME Outdoor Garden Bird Bath with Fountain Pump
If you want the ambiance of a fountain but don’t want to run a cord through your garden, this bird bath and fountain combo is for you. The VIVOHOME Outdoor Bird Bath is a beautiful resin pedestal item that has a portable solar-powered fountain pump with multiple heads to display a variety of water patterns. This bird bath stands 28 inches tall and has a 20-inch bowl. It is available in a number of faux metallic finishes. The pedestal has a swirling design on the base, and the bowl has a line of small holes around the edges to make it easier for birds to perch. On sunny days, the included fountain pump has solar panels around the borders, so it will softly bubble in the centre.
6. Miller Manufacturing Company Allied Precision Heated Bird Bath
The Allied Precision Heated Bird Bath, which has a built-in heating element that prevents water from freezing even in the coldest of winters, allows you to offer fresh water for your birds all year. The white bird bath is made of weather-resistant plastic and includes a 20-inch by 2-inch bowl. The pedestal of the bath has a lovely swirled design, but it also includes mounting gear in case you prefer to attach the bowl to a deck rail instead. The heating element in the bowl is completely covered, so no birds will come into contact with it, and it consumes minimal power to keep your electricity bills low even if you use it all winter.
7. Liffy Hanging Bird Bath
Hummingbirds, like their other feathered relatives, like splashing around in water, but regular bird bath are usually too deep for these little bird. If you want to attract hummingbirds, buy a device like the Liffy Hanging Bird Bath, which is tiny enough for them to use comfortably yet brightly coloured to attract them. This 8-inch-diameter hanging bird bath comes with three 15-inch chains and a hook for easy installation. The bowl is lightweight and small, and it comes in a variety of bright, colourful hues that will attract the attention of your neighbourhood hummingbirds—in particular, these bird are attracted to the colour red.
8. Athena Garden Cast Stone Large Octagon Bird Bath
Concrete is a common material for bird bath because it is hefty, long-lasting, and weather-resistant. If you want to buy a concrete bird bath, the Athena Garden Octagon Bird Bath is a great choice. It’s composed of glass fiber-reinforced concrete and available in a variety of colours, and it has a timeless design that will look great in your garden for years to come. This bird bath is 21 inches tall, features a 15-inch octagon-shaped bowl, and a faceted pedestal that extends out at the bottom for stability. It also weighs roughly 40 pounds, so it won’t be blown over by the wind.
9. Monarch Abode Pure Copper Hand Hammered Hanging Bird Bath
This copper hanging bird bath is a beautiful option that will add a touch of class to your yard! The Monarch Abode Copper Hanging Bird Bath is 11 inches in diameter and 2 inches in depth and is made of heavy-gauge copper with a rustic hammered finish. The hanging bird bath has a black metal support ring strung by three 17-inch chains and can be easily installed on a garden stake or a tree branch in your yard. It also just weighs a few pounds, making it easy to move around as needed.
Even if you have a small yard, the Audubon by Woodlink Deck-Mount Bird Bath will provide a place for your bird to wash. This simple bird bath comes with an adjustable steel clamp that can be installed on any fence and holds up the lightweight polypropylene bowl, which is around 11-1/2 inches in diameter and can contain up to a litre of water. This bird bath is fantastic because it doesn’t require any equipment to install—just tighten the clamp to fit your deck railing. It’s a terrific temporary choice for renters, and it’s also reasonably priced.