5 May 2020


Nest box

Nest box. image © Alan Howieson

Did you know?

  • There are estimated to be around 400 species of Australian fauna that use tree hollows.
  • It takes more than 100 years for eucalypts to develop hollows suitable for occupancy by vertebrates.

Natural tree hollows are declining due to the pressures of urbanisation and land clearing. You can provide a supplementary hollow and help protect wildlife in your area by installing a nest box.

How to build and install a nest box

Download our handy guide to Building and Installing a Nest Box and you’ll have a nest box up and little visitors making themselves at home in no time!

Who can you expect to visit?

Many species of frogs, reptiles, birds and mammals will utilise nest boxes. In Queensland, these can include the following species (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Pale-headed and eastern rosellas
  • Crimson rosella
  • Galah
  • King parrot
  • Rainbow & Scaly-breasted lorikeets
  • Pardalote
  • Kookaburra
  • Black cockatoo
  • Little treecreeper
  • Barn owl
  • Masked owl
  • Owlet-nightjar
  • Fletcher’s frog
  • Green tree frog
  • Brown tree snake
  • Stephen’s banded snake
  • Green tree python
  • Rusty monitor
  • Lace monitor


squirrel glider

Squirrel glider is very comfy in this nest box. image © Alan Howieson

Have a look at this beautiful little squirrel glider who moved into a nest box on Alan Howieson’s property in South-East Queensland.

Alan, who to date has built and installed 6 nest boxes on his property,  said the nest box was actually for a kookaburra but is now home to the glider.

“I have 2 other boxes with gliders in them too (different design as these are meant for pale-headed rosellas and lorikeets). I’m more than happy to have gliders in them though. I think I need to make more boxes!” says Alan.

Have you built a nest box?

We’d love to see your creations and the wildlife that inhabit them. Share your images and nest box adventures with us on Facebook or Instagram.



For information about Wildlife Queensland’s glider nest box projects and how you can support your local glider populations, visit our Queensland Glider Network page.


Written by Wildlifeqld