5 Best Bird Box Cameras of 2024

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The Best Bird Box Cameras

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  1. Best overall - Green Feathers HD WiFi Bird Box Camera 3rd Gen

  2. Best bird feeder camera - NETVUE Birdfy- Smart Bird Feeder Camera

  3. Best budget option - Green Feathers Wireless Bird Box SD 700TVL Camera

  4. Best for easy set up - Birdboxview Bird Box Webcamera

  5. Best for family viewing - Green Feathers Wildlife Wired Bird Box Camera

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Editors Choice
  • Camera quality is very good
  • Bird box is solidly made with good quality screws
  • Sharing the footage with other members of your household is easy
  • App alerts you to any movement inside the box so you can tune in and watch the footage live
  • Microphone allows you to hear the birds

  • An additional light needs purchasing separately to see colour images in the daytime
  • Setting up the camera can be challenging and take a while
  • There is a speaker in the camera which cannot be disabled even when it’s installed in the bird box
HD
Yes
Connection
Mains & Wi-Fi
Infrared
Yes
Microphone
Yes
Waterproof
No
Overall Score 4.8
Image Quality
5
Installation Ease
4.5
Ease of Use
4.5
Value for Money
5

The Green Feathers HD WiFi Bird Box Camera 3rd Gen is an excellent wireless bird box camera. It records crisp, clear pictures from inside the included bird box and even transmits audio as well.

Fitted with Wi-Fi connectivity, this Green Feather bird box camera is able to stream to an app. This means the livestream can be viewed on your smartphone, recorded, and then shared with family and friends.

Unlike many bird box cameras, this unit also features a slot for an SD card so it can store images on a micro SD (this needs to be purchased separately). The images are high quality, recorded in 1080P HD. To get colour images in the daytime you will need to make an additional purchase of the Green Feathers LED light.

The included wooden bird box is handmade and of good quality. It comes with mounting screws for securing it to the wall.

Setting up this bird box camera can prove challenging, although it can be achieved with some patience. For the app to work, you will need iOS 10.0 or later, or Android 4.4 and up. There is a video online from Green Feathers to help get everything connected. You’ll also need a mains power outlet nearby to connect the camera into.

Overall, this is the best bird box camera due to its picture quality, app compatibility and the fact it includes audio. As long as you’ve got a power source nearby, this Green Feather camera is a great choice to consider. The picture quality and smart functionality make it our top choice.

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Runner Up

2. NETVUE Birdfy- Smart Bird Feeder Camera

Best bird feeder camera

best bird box camera NETVUE Birdfy  Smart Bird Feeder Camera
  • Original design with a high-quality camera built into a bird feeder
  • Useful strap included for attaching bird feeder to a tree without damaging it
  • IP65 - waterproof design, suitable for year-round use
  • Data is stored for 7 days or an SD card can be inserted for long term storage
  • Sturdy construction that stays strong even when large birds use it

  • As the AI feature is relatively new, it’s not flawless and may wrongly identify some birds
  • Recordings are limited to 10 second clips without paying for an additional Netvue subscription
  • The solar power charging is unlikely to be as effective during darker winter months and more mains charging may be required
HD
No
Connection
Battery & Wi-Fi
Infrared
Yes
Microphone
Yes
Waterproof
Yes
Overall Score 4.3
Image Quality
4.5
Installation Ease
4
Ease of Use
4
Value for Money
4.5

This smart all-in-one NETVUE Birdfy- Smart Bird Feeder Camera consists of a 1.5 L bird feeder fitted with a 1080P high-resolution camera. It may not be a budget option, but for those who want an all-in-one high-quality unit for monitoring feeding birds, it’s a great choice.

Equipped with AI functionality, this bird camera is able to auto-capture and auto-record visiting birds, sending you real-time notifications of their movements. You’ll be able to watch what they get up to from your smartphone and the built-in microphone allows you to hear any noises too. The camera is fitted with invisible IR lights meaning night time viewing is just as clear as daytime.

On top of this, the camera is capable of identifying up to 6000 bird species, so you’ll never miss anything exciting. The Netvue app will even send a notification to say which bird has visited!

Of course, it’s worth bearing in mind that because this AI technology is fairly new, there can still be some teething problems with it – it may wrongly identify birds from time to time (so don’t get too excited if it says a Northern Cardinal has suddenly paid your garden a visit!).

All data is recorded and stored in the Netvue Cloud for up to 7 days. For long-term storage, there’s an SD card slot too. The camera can be charged using mains power and topped up with solar power.

An additional, useful, feature is this bird feeder’s squirrel alarm. The camera can identify when a squirrel accesses the feeder and scare them away with a flashlight or siren to stop them stealing all your bird seed.

Overall, this is an excellent option if you want a camera fitted on a bird feeder. This will allow you to see birds on a more regular basis (and  not just during nesting season as with bird boxes).

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Also Good
  • Provided it’s installed close enough to the receiver, the picture quality is reasonable both day and night
  • IR red lights are invisible so there’s no red glow that would distract the birds
  • Very small camera fits snugly in most bird boxes
  • Wide angle lens provides good vision of entire nest and entrance

  • Receiver needs to be installed close to the camera to get a good quality image
  • Although connecting to the receiver wirelessly, the camera still needs a power source so an extension cable may be required
  • Other electrical equipment can interfere with the signal, such as the microwave or Sky box
  • No ability to record the footage - instead you are only able to watch it in real time
HD
No
Connection
Mains & TV Receiver
Infrared
Yes
Microphone
No
Waterproof
No
Overall Score 4.4
Image Quality
4
Installation Ease
4.5
Ease of Use
4
Value for Money
5

If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, the Green Feathers Wireless Bird Box SD 700TVL Camera is a great budget option. This Green Feathers set comes with a small bird box camera and a wireless receiver which transfers images from your camera to your TV.

It’s simple and easy to use, but it has a couple of key features that make it better than other budget models on the market. To start, it has a wide angle lens of 110 degrees, allowing you to see the entire nest, as well as the entrance.

Another benefit of this bird box camera is that it has 6 night vision LEDs. This allows the camera to record clear videos even at night. The IR lights are invisible, meaning there’s no red glow to distract or scare away birds.

It’s worth noting that, whilst this is a wireless bird box camera that transmits live footage to your TV, the camera itself needs to be connected to the mains. Unless you’ve got an outdoor power socket, you’ll likely need an extension cable.

Green Feathers state that the transmission range between the camera and receiver is 30 m, but image quality does worsen the further apart the two units are. For a clear image, ensure the receiver is installed as close to your bird box as possible.

While this bird box camera does have a few issues, it does all you could want provided you have the right set up. Although the wireless range isn’t the best, those with a small garden shouldn’t have a problem. Producing a good quality image both day and night, Green Feathers have created the best budget bird box camera.

Although as there’s no nesting box included, it’s ideal if you already have your own bird box or want to buy one in a specific style.

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  • Very easy to install
  • Roof of the nest box can be easily removed for easy cleaning at the end of the season
  • Livestream picture quality is clear both day and night
  • Good value for money considering price and quality

  • Picture isn’t particularly colourful even on bright days
  • Plastic trunking to hide cable at the side of the box isn’t very aesthetically pleasing
  • Camera angle may need readjusting to capture bottom of bird box
HD
No
Connection
Mains & TV
Infrared
Yes
Microphone
Yes
Waterproof
Not listed
Overall Score 4.3
Image Quality
4
Installation Ease
4.5
Ease of Use
4.5
Value for Money
4

If you’ve not yet got a bird box camera and you want an all-in-one unit that’s easy to set up, the Birdboxview Bird Box Webcamera is worth considering. This bird box camera kit consists of a timber bird box, a tiny bird box camera and all the cabling required to set it up.

The bird box camera comes with a 30 m cable and connects directly into your TV. As long as you have a suitable garden layout, this is a simple process that removes the necessity for any complicated Wi-Fi set up. If you choose to drill a hole through the wall for the wire, this hole will need to be approximately 15 mm in diameter.

The image is good quality and stable, with a clear livestream both day and night thanks to the IR LEDs.

There’s a microphone so you can hear birds too, and a small opaque window that allows light in for a clearer picture.

The bird box itself has an apex roof and is made of quality timber. There’s a ventilation slot in the base that allows for drainage and air circulation. At the end of the season, the roof of the box can be taken off so you can clean the inside.

Because the bird box is intended for use with this camera, it’s well designed for compatibility. It’s fitted with plastic trunking down the side of the box to protect the camera’s cable joins from wet conditions.

Be aware that some users report that the default camera angle doesn’t show the bottom of the nest box. Therefore, it’s a good idea to test out the angle and adjust it before you mount the bird box outside.

Overall, this is one of the best bird box cameras if you value ease of set up and simple functionality.

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  • Picture can be viewed through your PC, phone or tablet at the same time
  • Images are good quality both night and day
  • Infrared lights are invisible so won’t disturb the birds at night
  • Camera can be focused
  • Power over Ethernet connection means only one cable is required

  • Setting up the camera requires some time and patience
  • Router will need to have a Power over Ethernet port
HD
Yes
Connection
Ethernet
Infrared
Yes
Microphone
Yes
Waterproof
No
Overall Score 4.4
Image Quality
5
Installation Ease
4
Ease of Use
4
Value for Money
4.5

If you want to see birds in high definition, and view the footage across multiple devices, the Green Feathers Wildlife Wired Bird Box Camera is a great option to consider. This tiny camera streams in 1080P and uses invisible IR LEDs that allow you to see all the action even when the sun goes down.

The bird box camera connects, via a cable, to a Power over Ethernet port on your internet router (therefore, it’s important to make sure you have one of these!). This makes it possible to view the footage on a computer, phone or tablet when using the same network, which is great news for families trying to tune in on different devices.

The image produced by this Green Feathers wired camera is clear and sharp. If it is dark inside your bird box, the IR light will likely be activated all of the time, but this still delivers good images in black and white.

While fairly basic in its functionality, this bird box camera does what it says on the tin! It transmits a high definition live stream and is one of the best bird box cameras for family viewing, allowing HD video to be streamed across multiple devices.

Although this Green Feathers camera doesn’t come with a nesting box included, this makes it a good choice if you already have your own bird box in the garden.

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Clive's Smart Buying Tips

  1. Nowadays, the best bird box cameras use HD recording equipment so look for these if you don’t mind spending a little more for a high-quality image. Otherwise, make sure the camera has at least 700 TVL (TV lines); this will be enough to clearly see what’s going on in the nest box.
  2. One of the most important things to consider is which type of connection will be most suitable for your home. There are several ways that bird box cameras can be connected. Some bird box cameras connect to a mains plug nearby and send images over Wi-Fi or radio signals, others use a Power over Ethernet connection, or plug directly into the TV and socket.
  3. The best connection will depend on the layout of your property. For example, if you don’t have a power socket near the nest box, you will need a Power over Ethernet cable, or mains lead, that you can run inside the house. Equally, if your Wi-Fi won’t reach the bird box, you’ll need to choose another way to transfer the image inside. 

When it comes to the best bird box cameras, my top recommendation is the Green Feathers HD WiFi Bird Box Camera 3rd Gen. This camera provides clear images and can stream directly to a tablet or phone via an app. It even records audio and comes with a high-quality wooden bird box.

Compare Product Features

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  • Green Feathers HD WiFi Bird Box Camera 3rd Gen
    best bird box camera Green Feathers HD WiFi Bird Box Camera 3rd Gen
    • 4.8
    • Yes
    • Mains & Wi-Fi
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • No
  • NETVUE Birdfy- Smart Bird Feeder Camera
    best bird box camera NETVUE Birdfy  Smart Bird Feeder Camera
    • 4.3
    • No
    • Battery & Wi-Fi
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Yes
  • Green Feathers Wireless Bird Box SD 700TVL Camera
    best bird box camera Green Feathers Wireless Bird Box SD 700TVL Camera
    • 4.4
    • No
    • Mains & TV Receiver
    • Yes
    • No
    • No
  • Birdboxview Bird Box Webcamera
    best bird box camera Birdboxview Bird Box Webcamera
    • 4.3
    • No
    • Mains & TV
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Not listed
  • Green Feathers Wildlife Wired Bird Box Camera
    best bird box camera Green Feathers Wildlife Wired Bird Box Camera
    • 4.4
    • Yes
    • Ethernet
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • No

How to Choose The Best Bird Box Camera

A bird box camera offers the perfect way to become a wildlife expert in your very own garden. They’re also sure to captivate the interest of old and young family members alike as you monitor the activity of your garden visitors.

These nest box cameras attach to the lid or roof of your bird box, offering fantastic insight into the life of your nesting birds.

There are a lot of bird box cameras on the market, of varying quality and design.

If you’re looking for the best bird box camera for your garden, the following tips will help you to make an informed decision:

The Different Style Options

The first decision you’ll have to make is whether to opt for a just camera, or a nest box + camera kit combo.

Bird Box + Camera Combo

These are easy to set up and ideal if you don’t already have birds nesting in your garden.

The biggest advantage of buying both the bird box and camera as a combo is that the box will be specifically designed to work with the camera. These bird boxes usually have certain features that work to improve the set up and video quality of the camera. For example they may have:

  • A separate compartment to fit the camera into – you’ll be able to take the camera out without disturbing the birds.
  • A quick-release camera – the camera will be easy to remove from its secured position, again limiting disruption to the nesting birds.
  • A window – this will provide light and improve the quality of the daytime footage.

The main disadvantage of these box/camera combos is that you don’t  always have as much choice when choosing a box as you otherwise would. Your choice has to be based on what bird boxes are available with the cameras.

Once you’ve got the nest box sorted, why not check out our guide on attracting interesting birds to the garden.

Bird Box Camera Kit

A  bird box kit, consisting of just a nest box camera and its cables/fittings (with no nesting box included), may be a better choice if you already have birds nesting in your garden.

You can use a bird box kit to install cameras in nest boxes that you already own, which is great if you know that birds are already comfortable with them.

Of course, a camera kit is also a good option if you’ve recently bought a nest box and don’t want to buy another one, or if you’re looking to buy a specific type of nesting box and the design isn’t available as a combo with a camera.

They can be a bit more fiddly to set up, which is to be expected, especially as the nest box you’ll be fitting it into wasn’t necessarily designed for use with a camera.

You might need to be a little bit more adept at DIY to install a camera like this, especially compared to the bird box + camera combos. But, they’re still relatively straight forward so don’t be too put off.

Choosing a Wireless or Wired System

Nest box cameras are either wireless or need to be connected to the television/Power over Ethernet port using cables.

Wireless bird box cameras generally still need to be plugged in for power, they just don’t require wires to transmit the camera images to a display inside. Wired cameras need to be plugged in for power, as well as connected into the TV/monitor.

A quick note on power source: standard bird-box cameras are mains powered, but there are also solar-powered and battery-powered cameras available. The problem with these is that they use power quickly.

Wired Systems

Wired bird box cameras tend to offer better image quality because there is a direct connection to the camera. However, it does mean that you will need to find a way to run the cables from the garden into your house.

This may require drilling a hole for the cable, or running it through an open window when you want to watch the camera.

With most cabled bird box cameras there’s generally only one cable to contend with, which splits into three cables at the end of its length. These connect to the ‘video’ and ‘audio’ jacks on your TV, as well as to a power socket.

Cables tend to be either 20 m or 30 m in length, so getting one of these models might depend on the location of your camera in relation to your television – if a cable won’t reach, you might need a wireless model.

Wireless Systems

Wireless bird box cameras don’t require a cable to connect them to your television, tablet or computer.

That said, they still require access to a power supply.

The Two Types of Wireless Bird Box Camera:
  1. Some cameras transmit video to a wireless signal convertor. These will come with an additional receiver unit which gets connected to the TV. You’ll then be able to watch the live-stream from your television. The benefit of this is that you don’t need to run a cable to your television. The drawback to these receivers is that they often get quite weak reception, so your bird-box camera and television should ideally be within 20 m of each other.
  2. Other cameras transfer video via your wireless internet. They can then stream the video to devices connected to your Wi-Fi network, such as laptops, tablets and phones. The benefit of this connection is that you can generally view the video on different devices.

If you have a larger garden, or an ‘inconveniently’ placed nest box, you’ll probably find that the best bird box camera will be a wireless model. At least then there’s only the power supply to worry about – sometimes there’s a limit to how much wire you can trail to your TV, no matter how determined you are!

Image Quality and Viewing Width

Look for a high resolution nest box camera to make sure you’re getting the sort of picture quality that you’re hoping for. Some bird box cameras are HD, which is definitely a buzzword to look out for.

It’s quite common to find bird box cameras that offer ‘700 TVL’ resolution, which is also quite high quality, yet not as expensive as HD. Anything under 700 TVL may not give you the clear image you’re hoping for.

When it comes to viewing width, ideally you want the viewing angle to be as large as possible. Something around 100° will make sure you really get a good view inside the nest. The bigger the angle, the more you’ll be able to see of the nest box’s interior.

When it comes to improving the viewing experience further, a built-in microphone can add another level of interest. As you might expect, it will allow you to hear, as well as see, what’s going on, which can be really fascinating.

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Night Vision in Bird Box Cameras

Many bird box cameras come with infrared LEDs that allow you to monitor what’s going on, even at night.

The discreet infrared LEDs (also used in standard wildlife trail cameras) won’t disturb the birds while they nest . Therefore, you don’t need to worry about these cameras disrupting birds as they aren’t able to see infrared light.

If you’re hoping to frequently watch the birds at night, the importance of a high-quality nest box camera (HD or 700 TVL, as mentioned above) becomes even more significant. Distinguishing between shapes when using night vision can be a lot harder when the picture quality isn’t good to begin with.

Bird Box Camera FAQs

Bird box cameras are often no bigger than a matchbox. They come with a bracket that screws inside the top of the nest box that the camera attaches to.

They don’t always record video, but live stream it to either your television, computer, or tablet.

The style of nest box camera that you buy will dictate how you can view the live stream. Some cameras connect via cable or wireless receiver to the television. Others plug into a Power over Ethernet cable which allows you to view live streams on any device connected to the same WiFi network.

Use bird feeders

Attract birds to your garden by placing bird feeders near your nest box. Feed will encourage birds to explore your garden, and you can choose the feed based on the type of bird you are hoping to attract!

When the birds have discovered your bird box, move the feeders away so that you don’t disturb the nesting process.

Put out a variety of food

Just like humans, different birds have different tastes! Blue tits enjoy peanuts and sunflower seeds, while robins and thrushes like mealworms. Put out a variety of feed and you’re more likely to attract a range of birds.

Use the right type of bird box

Different birds prefer different types of bird boxes. Tits like bird boxes with small entryways, while robins like more space. So if you want to attract a variety of birds, invest in a few different types of nest box!

Remember to clean out and repair your bird boxes in the winter, ready for the birds to arrive back in the spring.

Put your bird box in the right place

Ensure your nest box is in the right location in your garden. Most birds prefer to nest relatively close to the ground in bushes, so don’t place the bird box too high up. You’ve got to make sure however, that the nest box is still be out of reach of predators.

Getting birds to nest in your garden is a matter of covering all of their needs – that includes a good supply of food and water, shelter, security, and some cosy nesting spots. If you can provide these things, birds will be much more likely to set up home in your garden.

Bird box cameras are very small, often no bigger than a matchbox, so it’s very probable that one will fit in a small nest box.

If you’re worried, check the product specification for more details on its size, and contact the manufacturer to ask if necessary.

The cameras come with a bracket which you screw to the roof of the nest box, or high up on the inside wall, where it is out of harm’s way. You then simply attach the nest box camera to the bracket and you are ready to go.

When setting up your bird box camera, place an item inside the box that is slightly larger than the bird you are expecting (such as a stone) and adjust the camera so that this is in focus.

Alternatively, choose a nest box that provides access to the camera through the roof so that you can adjust the camera focus without disturbing the birds.

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