can birds drink tap water

A few summer days without rain and our lawns quickly turn brown, remember when this happens our birds and wildlife will be thirsty too.

Tap water is safe to use, although if you prefer, or live in a highly chlorinated area, leave tap water to stand in a watering can for a couple of hours or use a hose with a spray nozzle to help the chlorine dissipate quickly.

Where should I put my bird bath?

Positioning is important. Birds need close shrubs or trees to protect them from raptors (like cats or sparrowhawks) in case they become frightened, but they also need to be seen well when taking a bath because they will probably be excited and distracted, making them much more vulnerable. After they have finished bathing, bushes and trees offer perches for preening.

Underneath the bushes, you can lay a thick layer of thorny vegetation clippings to deter cats from using the cover to attack bathing birds. It’s a good idea to move a new bird bath around the garden to determine the best location; the birds’ use of it should soon reveal this information!

How deep should the bird bath water be?

For birds to safely enter and exit the shallow water, your bird bath should have stepped access or gently sloping sides; a depth of one to four inches is ideal. Birds’ tiny claws need a little roughness on the surface for them to grip onto.

Make sure it’s simple to refill and clean the bird bath, especially after a flock of starlings has visited. They enjoy taking vigorous baths and can use up a lot of water!

What type of water is safe for birds?

Frequently, people inquire if tap water is suitable for birds. The short answer is yes; in general, you can use tap water for a bird bath if it is safe for humans to drink. If you’re still unsure, filtered tap water or bottled spring water will also function.

Birds are attracted to the sound of running water. Running water also keeps the water clear and free of algae for an extended period of time. The safest solution for your garden birds is running water if you are unable to get outside and clean your bird bath as frequently as you believe you should.


What kind of water should I give my bird?

If you believe that your water is unacceptable, you might want to buy de-ionized water, filtered water or bottled water for your bird. Or, you could install an in-line water filter system, or have a filter put on your faucet to filter out excess minerals and bacteria.

Should you leave water out for birds?

Birds need fresh, clean water for drinking and bathing. Most birds drink water every day. They also seem to enjoy bathing to clean their plumage and remove parasites. Providing water improves habitat for birds and other animals, and increases your chances of observing their fun behaviors up close!

Can I give my bird distilled water?

All pets will benefit from drinking distilled water. Hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, and even large animals like horses enjoy drinking distilled water. In fact, some farmers use distilled water for their animals because it is clean and the animals like it.