Which Birdbath should I choose?


People often ask advice on which birdbath is best for their garden and their circumstances. In this post, I outline the best way to choose the right birdbath.

For most suburban gardens, where the gardener is interested in attracting more local birdlife, the default dish to choose is the large spun copper dish. This dish is recommended because it is wide enough to allow medium to large birds to splash around even when there is a rock added as a landing platform. The supplied mounting ring, which doesn’t have to be used, allows the dish to be easily mounted on any flat surface such as levelled stumps, rocks, retaining walls etc. A great way to mount the large dish is on the edge of a raised planter bed.


If budget allows, the most versatile of the stands offered are the three steel stands each of different height. The medium height stand (75cm) is, perhaps, the most classically proportioned, and is just high enough to allow a small shrub or grass to be planted underneath it. The low stand (51cm) allows the dish to sit amongst low planting, easily hiding the structure beneath it and giving it a floating appearance. The tall stand (1m) is designed to protect bath birdlife from pet dogs and cats. It is also sometimes used to float a dish amongst taller planting.


The sandstone plinth can be used two ways. Its commanding presence allows it to make a statement as a garden feature centred in an open courtyard or gardening space. That said, it can also be used to great effect positioned within a planted garden bed, rising out of the ground with great confidence. Of course, sandstone is a fantastic complimentary material to native Australian plants.


The medium dish is designed for those who have a smaller garden or wish to spend a little less. The medium dish can accomodate the bathing needs of medium sized birds. The small and medium height steel stands can be used to support it, but the tall steel stand is perhaps too tall to offer pleasant proportions with the medium dish. A copper mounting ring is also provided with this dish.


The mini dish is designed specifically to serve small birds. Because of its reduced size (and hence strength) the mini dish is very effective tossed under small bushes where the smaller birds like to hide from predators. Of course, if you have stray cats visiting your garden, consider elevating it a foot or two. Again, a stump or perhaps an improvised mount made from branches may function well to hold the dish off the ground.


The extra large dish is a different beast. It is designed largely for dramatic effect. Carefully positioned in a garden it will serve as a reflection pool, allowing the eye to catch glimpses of trees silhouetted against the blue sky. With a mild breeze, the water in the extra large dish will ripple gently providing movement and interest for the garden wanderer. Of course, the extra large will also serve the needs of birds particularly if landing platforms are provided within it.


11 thoughts on “Which Birdbath should I choose?

  1. Juliet Pratley on

    Hope you are having g a nice weekend. When will you have more sandstone plinths for the small or medium copper bird baths available?
    Kind regards Juliet

  2. Louise on

    Would you be able to tell me how much water the medium sized bowl holds?

  3. Clarissa Waldram on

    Price please for both small and large copper dishes?

  4. Rachael on

    Hello Kath
    Trying times for everyone at the moment but hopefully you are still up and running like our local ‘nurseries’ are?
    I have a question about the copper bird baths and would like to know your experiences with them in a very sunny position – I am guessing the water being quite shallow would heat up considerably and the copper itself get quite hot so birds don’t use it. Also how do they go with water freezing in them? We have both extremes where we live.
    Many thanks

  5. Hi Kath,
    Could you please send a price list on your copper bird baths and stands and can you arrange delivery to Newstead Victoria.
    All my details are on my web site if needed.
    Best regards
    Alan Moloney.

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Alan,

      You can see all the prices of our birdbaths on our online shop website – https://birdbaths.malleedesign.com.au/. We deliver Australia wide and you can put in your Newstead delivery address when you go to purchase online.

      All the best,

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