Welcome to our gallery of splashy bird baths!
In our efforts to keep pests out of our gardens and yards we sometimes forget to take care of the critters that we do welcome in our space. Birds are some of the most colorful and pleasing yard mates you can find. Their bright colors and cheerful songs bring a whole new level of life and vibrancy to your outdoor experience.
Bird baths can vary in material and composition. Choosing one material over another is primarily based on need and personal preference. Because bird baths come in so many different styles there is always an option that will look amazing in your yard, regardless of personal style or layout.
Certain fountains can double as bird baths. Fountains and bird baths add an extra design element to your space. This extra feature can elevate the ambiance of your space.
If your bird bath does not have an automatic function that churns the water, the water will sit and stagnate. This means that you will have to refresh the water every so often. Stagnant water can attract bacteria and insects, so make sure to refresh your bird bath frequently.
Most simple and basic bird baths are not considerably expensive. You can find a minimal bird bath for as little as $15 to $20. You may even be able to make your own birdbath with your own materials which may further lower the expected cost. If you are looking at higher end bird baths or fountains, you may be looking to spend closer to $200. (Source:Birding)
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Metal bird baths are quite durable and can last a long time. If a metal bird bath fits with your aesthetic it may be a great choice that will last for a good while. The shiny nature of metal can be quite appealing, but it can also come in hardened iron styles. Metal bird baths fit well in minimalist spaces as well as around masonry and flowers. Metal bird baths are also easy to clean and maintain.
In this garden we see a simple metal bird bath near shrubs. This bird bath has an elegant design that provides a classical feel to the space. Lucky are the birds that get to splash in this bowl.
This metal bird bath sits deep in the garden. Birds will feel safe taking a dip off the beaten path in this bath.This bird bath has no frills or ornamentation. It is a simple, no-nonsense bird bath. Source: Zillow Digs™
Pictured here is a metal bird bath painted white with a little white metal bird perched upon it. No bird will feel lonely swimming here with this permanent resident hanging out nearby.
This yard has a simple black metal bird bath set off of the path. It has a simple design, but the lip of the basin has a wave-like quality to it, making it look like the basin could be a flower itself. Source: Zillow Digs™
This little copper bird bath hangs from a post. A copper bird bath such as this is both minimalistic and modern. People and birds alike will be attracted to the forward thinking design of this cutting edge bird bath. Learn more here.
Here is a wide and shallow metal bird bath, designed for the birds that want a quick soak near a colorful bloom of flowers. It’s a classy little spot for your bird friends to bathe in the water. Source: Zillow Digs™
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Here is a small metal bird bath suspended from a railing post. This is a sophisticated and modern bird bath for those who prefer an up to date look. Being suspended also reduces the chance of the bird bath being knocked over.
This large metal fountain doubles as a bird bath and has an elegant look. The water stays in motion so there is less requirement to refresh the water, and it adds a soothing sound component to your garden. Source: Zillow Digs™
Glass bird baths have a high end appeal. They can shimmer and shine in the sunlight, and glass can be colored in many different ways, providing extra levels of visual attractiveness. As a downside, however, glass bird baths are delicate. They tend to be more lightweight than other options, but break much easier. It is a good idea to have a gentle hand with these types of bird baths.
Here is a hanging glass bird bath. It has a great color with patterns that bring some extra flash to the area. This is for those who appreciate extravagant and stunning color palettes. Learn more here.
This glass bird bath looks like a large blue and green flower, adding to the motif and splashing extra color in your garden. However, this bath is on a thin stake which, if knocked over, could cause damage. So place it somewhere safe. Learn more here.
Ceramic is a good material for bird baths as it is lightweight and comes in many styles and colors. It is a bit more sturdy than glass but not quite as durable as concrete. Ceramic is also quite light, so moving a ceramic bird bath should not be much of a hassle.
Here is a mixed material bird bath with nice ceramic components. The fountain additions keep the water circulating while the shell aspects disperse the falling water, giving the fountain interesting dynamics. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is a colorful ceramic bird bath with a water fountain feature that shoots water into the air. Birds will love to splash around in this fun basin. The fountain keeps the water from staying stagnate and the blue color makes the water appear fresh. Lean more here.
What is better than one place for your feathered friends? Two, of course! Here we see two matching bird baths. With two baths, you can have twice the number of birds, or cater to two different avian groups.
Here is a blue bird bath with a number of bird designs on it. This bird bath has an aged look which makes it fit in perfectly a number of rustic designs. Learn more here.
Contemporary Landscape by San Diego Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Amelia B. Lima & Associates
This bird bath has an interesting design with two basins, one elevated over the other. This bird bath will be certain to draw birds into your garden to play in the water and brighten up your space.
Resin is durable and light. Resin can also be molded and colored into numerous shapes and designs. This makes resin ideal if you are trying to have a novelty bird bath that fits a theme or mimics the look of other animals or wood.
Here is an interesting bird bath with a wooden stand and a resin basin. This is a sleek and appealing bird bath that stands out from other models. Learn more here.
This resin bird bath is designed to look as if there is a critter on top about to jump into the water. These animal-inspired designs bring a sense of nature to the structure.
This birdbath is covered in owls. No matter the kinds of birds that visit this bird bath, they will surely be in good company. Learn more here
Concrete is a very sturdy material and can be made into almost any shape. Concrete can gather a great patina over time, creating an aged and worn appeal. However, concrete can be difficult to move as it is quite heavy. Make sure to find the perfect place for a concrete bird bath before setting it down as it may be a chore to relocate.
Here is a standard concrete bird bath with a few designs etched into the side. Concrete bird baths can be poured into any shape from simple to complex. Your imagination is the only limitation to the creativity of your bird bath.
Here is a concrete fountain and birdbath. This large fountain can fit many birds. The continued motion of the water keeps if from growing stagnate. Birds always appreciate fresh water. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is a concrete fountain and bird bath that has rabbits on it. Rabbits make good company for birds, so avian visitors will feel right at home hanging out with these concrete friends.
This large concrete bowl with a fountain in the center is a great place for birds to take a dip. It does not have a very deep basin, but not all birds need a deep place to dive. Some just want a place to get their beak wet. Learn more here
Concrete fountains have a classic look that works in many spaces. Here we see a concrete fountain looking right at home amongst shrubs in a simple rockbed.
Concrete baths also look good around stones and flowers. With time, concrete can gather a nice patina that gives an aged and weathered feel.
Here is a fountain and bird bath that has three tiers of basins for birds to splash around in. This is a wonderful vintage-looking fountain and bird bath that brings some extra class to any space.
Concrete fountains are perfect for incorporating other features and structures. This bath and fountain are integrated into a wall, making these features feel very cohesive with the rest of the space. Source: Zillow Digs™
This interesting and unique concrete fountain is shaped like a Japanese lantern. This lends style while giving your birds a nice place to splash and bathe. Learn more here.
Here we see another large concrete bowl with a fountain inside. The design element of this fountain and bath is very versatile and useful. It has been placed in an Asian inspired garden where its natural round curves accentuate the design. Source: Zillow Digs™
This classic fountain and bath is being visited by a bird looking for the perfect spot to splash around. A timeless fountain such as this will always look good.
A large fountain not only works as a great bird bath but it can take a sophisticated space and make it even more luxurious. There is nothing like a nice fountain to make a space look classy. Source: Zillow Digs™
This fountain and bath is located in a small pond, giving the birds a place to bathe in the water without having to go down into the pond. Source: Zillow Digs™
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Here is a hanging concrete bird bath. Hanging bird baths are good for keeping them out of the way and saving your ground space. Hanging concrete can be tricky as it is heavy, but the look is well worth it.
This fountain is a high end installment in a nice upscale yard. The birds will truly be in the lap of luxury in this stunning bath and fountain. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is a simple and elegant bird bath amongst some flowers. This bird bath is simple but not without style and grace. This is a serene and amazing place for birds to gather.
Traditional Landscape by Lecanto Garden & Landscape Supplies Anson Nursery
Bird baths do not always have to serve one function. Here is a bird bath that has been used to plant flowers. If the basin is deep enough, a bird bath can easily double as a planter for extra flowers.
This large concrete basin is perfect for a centerpiece fountain as well as a place for birds to congregate. The basin is located in the center of small pool of crystal clear water. Source: Zillow Digs™
Traditional Landscape by Fullerton Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Rue Group, Inc. / Kathryn Rue, Landscape Architect
Bird baths sometimes have little adornments attached. Some have birds while others have various animals or some other ornamentation. This bird bath has an angel to keep the birds company.
A significantly large or decorative bird bath can serve as a centerpiece for landscaping. Here is a bird bath in the center of a well trimmed hedge garden. Source: Zillow Digs™
Plastic bird baths can be found inexpensively. These kinds of bird baths are durable and lightweight. A plastic bath is ideal if you are looking for a quick and easy functional bird bath.
Here is a simple blue bird bath that matches the blue painted wooden lattice nearby. This bird bath works well as it matches other features in the garden. It is also easy to clean and is very low hassle.
Stone bird baths have an amazing earthy quality that is both rustic and natural in tone. Stone bird baths are heavy and difficult to move, but are also incredibly sturdy and long lasting. A stone bird bath only looks better with age as it gains an amazing patina from outside exposure.
Stone fountains and bird baths fit well in walls and other stone structures. This fountain and bird bath is built into this stone half wall, making this bath a cohesive part of this area’s design. Source: Zillow Digs™
This bird bath is made of one carved stone placed on top of another. This is perfect for maintaining a natural and rugged appeal.
Here is a carved stone bird bath with some stones in the water. This provides a manufactured feel with more natural textures. Source: Zillow Digs™
Contemporary Landscape by Seattle Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Exteriorscapes llc
Here is a large rock with a basin carved into it. Building a bird bath into natural landscaping features is an amazing idea. Many happy birds will appreciate this kind of bird bath.
This bird bath’s stone construction has a great deal of texture to offer a space. This is a very simple design. With a design this simple you can build it into almost any yard style. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is a small basin carved into a large rock on the ground. This carved rock makes a perfect little getaway spot for birds to bathe by providing a nice shady area for them to splash around.
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