Prothonotary Warbler

Nest box Plan and Information

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Prothonotary Warbler
© Richard Gibbons
Construction difficulty:
moderate

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Species in decline

This species is in decline in certain regions. You can put up a nest box to help if you live in the right region and habitat.

  • Declining
  • Not declining
  • Not present
Source: USGS

Nesting Range

Prothonotary Warbler Range Source: BNA Online

Nesting Habitat

  • Forest
  • Lake
  • Marsh
  • River

Attach Nest Box To

  • Dead Tree
  • Live tree
  • Pole
  • Post

Known Nesting Period

Not Nesting
Some Nesting Occurence
Nesting in Most of Range
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Source: BNA Online

Nest Box Placement

Nest Height:
4ft
12ft

4–12 feet

Minimum Spacing:

235 feet

Facing:

Toward Water

Nest Box Measurements

Entrance Hole:

1 1/4"

Depth:

8"

Width & Length:

5 1/2"

5 1/2"

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Helpful Tips

  • Nest boxes should be located within 16' of or directly over standing or slow-moving water.
  • Prefers low-lying areas that are easily flooded.
  • Place the box in an area with shade.
  • If placing the box in the water, the box should be 3–5' above the high water level and oriented so that it's facing land.
  • Sink the pole 2' into the mud for stability, and locate 10–20' from the shore.
  • Whether on land or over water, install a predator guard to prevent raccoons and snakes from entering the box.
  • Pine seems to be the preferred material for nest boxes.
  • Prothonotary Warblers are usually very tolerant of human activity in their territory.