A few years ago I installed some ducting to vent the warm moist air from the cloths dryer outside of the house. This worked incredibly well for about three weeks. Then a pair of Striated Pardalotes moved into the end of the vent and set up house. They managed to raise three sets of chicks in the vent before I finally worked out how to move them on without causing a problem I couldn't sleep with.

The solution was to build a nesting box out of the same materials the vent was constructed from. The nesting box was positioned conveniently nearby to the dryer vent but also out of reach of the domestic animals and the weather. Then, in between batches of chicks, I block the vent with a grill. The Pardalotes found their new abode within 15 minutes of discovering the old one was decommissioned. As a result the Pardalotes have now raised between 2 and 4 chicks every spring for the last couple of years and I can use my dryer without fear of harming the local fawner.

This instructable covers how I built my Pardalote Nesting Box, Tube, Thing from 90mm Storm Water pipe. The results have been very satisfying. The project was very low cost and quite easy to build. On at least three occasions now, I have been able to watch a clutch of Pardalote chicks take flight and leave the nest for the very first time. An incredibly satisfying event every time.

Step 1: Parts and Tools

The parts cost around $10 to purchase. There were no special tools required beyond normal workshop tools. No chemicals, solvents or glues are required.

Parts List
  • 30cm of 90mm x 18mm hardwood
  • 2 each of 3-5mm x 20mm long bolts
  • 2 each of 3-5mm nuts
  • 4 each of 3-5mm washers
  • 30-45cm of 90mm PVC Storm Water Pipe
  • a 90° 90mm PVC Elbow
  • either
    • a 90mm push-on end cap
      • OR
    • a 90mm joiner with threaded end
    • a 90mm screw-on end cap
  • hand saw
  • hack saw
  • hand drill or pistol drill
  • 3.5 - 5.5mm drill bit
  • countersink bit
  • screw driver
  • small spanner or pliers
  • hobby knife
Love it! I've been looking to build a birdhouse and this instructable really helped. Thank you :)
Thank you for the feedback. I hope it all goes well for you.
The bird doing a headstand brought me here and i was delighted by this ible !
Yeah, they're funny little critters. They take great delight in removing all the sealant material along the edge of the veranda, so of course it leaks now in a couple of spots. This is water. I'll get around to fixing it eventually.
very nice
&quot;I think the lesson is, give it a crack, don't have high expectations, you'll be pleased whatever the outcome.&quot; <br> <br>Gosh that is my motto more or less.
Nice. 8)
That's cool - have you tried putting these tubes in trees?
Thanks. I've not put any up trees yet but the bee hive that was supposed to be a Pardalote box might get an upgrade next spring.

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Bio: I'm a computer systems engineer living on an acre in the Adelaide hills of South Australia.
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