how to build a starling bird trap

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1. A rain gutter downspout or a length of 3″ or 4″ thin walled PVC tubing (I prefer PVC because it’s more manageable and slick.)

The floor’s prompt actuation is the key to capturing starlings. This is made possible by the lightweight materials used to construct the floor, so I used aluminum flashing that was 12″ wide. Indeed, it is generally weak and flimsy structurally, but we’ll make a few bends in it to make it surprisingly strong while maintaining its light weight. And besides, the floor doesnt have to be strong. It only has to appear that way. You want it to fall away under the starling’s weight as soon as possible when it jumps down on it.

Furthermore, this trap (or any other trap, for that matter) needs to be checked at least once a day, if not more frequently. Other native cavity-nesting birds will occasionally get inside of it; these must be promptly released without causing any harm to them. Despite the fact that I included an escape hole in this trap’s design, one or two of them might be too large to escape. (See cage design below for more on this detail).

(Yes, you could even add this attachment board to the roof and hang it from above; just cut it shorter to fit the width of the roof.)


How do you trap a starling?

One solution to the starlings nesting problem is trapping them in nest boxes. Starlings are attracted to holes and cannot resist entering them. If starlings begin using a next box, a trap can be inserted to catch the intruders. The nest box trap captures the birds by covering the entrance hole.

What is the best bait for starlings?

Red millet and cracked corn may also be used as bait, but might attract native birds. For starlings, break a slab of suet in half and place one half in the bait tray and the other half in the holding cage. White bread chunks, popcorn, or small pieces of suet can be also be used to bait the porch and ground.

What are the dimensions of a starling trap?

The Starling trap and eliminator is made with vinyl-coated wire with an aluminum front plate. This trap will last for years and years. The trap dimensions are 5-1/4-inches x 4-3/4-inches x 4-3/4-inches tall.

How do you make a simple bird trap?

Build a backyard trap using a mousetrap, a cardboard box, and some string. This simple trap attaches a cardboard box to a mouse trap spring. When the bird lands on the trap, the box falls and contains it for later.