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A birdhouse has two types of origin: European and American.
Each has its own unique history.

The birdhouse is like a door from which we discover a hidden world of possibilities. Though it has been exclusive to birds since its creation, it is getting renewed attention as our project's inspiration and image for a better environmental future for the human population. Because birdhouses are usually made from material not durable to the test of time and constantly exposed to wind and rain, historical research is difficult. However, we have discovered two types of birdhouses.
The first type is the clay style depicted in a Breugel painting. Clay birdhouses are scattered throughout Europe and some are reproduced today. The other style is the wooden birdhouse found in North America. This type was originally used by German immigrants who learned from the indigenous people they met when moving to the east coast of the United States in the 18th century.

European birdhouse (clay style)
The European clay birdhouse originated from Belgium and Holland and goes back to the 15th or 16th century. Its original use was not to protect the animal but as a trap for eggs and chicks as food. In the beginning, wood, basket, or pottery was commonly used but since organic materials do not last, the clay style eventually prevailed. Depending on the era, the clay birdhouse was used as ornaments or talismans in addition to protecting wild birds.

American birdhouse
The American birdhouse finds its roots from the Native Indians who taught the English and German immigrants moving to the east coast of the United States in the 18th century. It was a simple structure made from the bark of birch trees with a platform as a feeder. Even to this day, American Indians are making birdhouses in the same way. The birdhouse sheltered birds from storms and natural disasters. It also played an important role in breeding as well as propagation of species. Nowadays, birdhouses in the shape of tiny castles, churches and Victorian cottages are in the market as folk art.