Bird house trapping

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A bird house trap that has been set.

Bird house trapping is a Hunter technique that is used to catch birds. With this technique the player sets up bird houses on Fossil Island and fills them with seeds. The player then has to wait around fifty minutes for the bird houses to passively fill with birds.

Bird houses[edit | edit source]

Bird house traps are made using the Crafting skill requiring logs and a piece of clockwork with a hammer and chisel. They are then placed in designated spots on Fossil Island to catch birds, providing a passive method of training Hunter and gaining resources.

Additionally, Ironmen will need a Construction level of 25 to build a crafting table 2 for assembling clockwork.

Type Crafting Crafting Hunter Hunter
Level[d 1] Exp Level[d 2] Exp[d 3]
Bird house.png Regular 5 15 5 280
Oak bird house.png Oak 15 20 14 420
Willow bird house.png Willow 25 25 24 560
Teak bird house.png Teak 35 30 34 700
Maple bird house.png Maple 45 35 44 820
Mahogany bird house.png Mahogany 50 40 49 960
Yew bird house.png Yew 60 45 59 1,020
Magic bird house.png Magic 75 50 74 1,140
Redwood bird house.png Redwood 90 55 89 1,200
  1. This is the level requirement to craft bird houses. There is no Crafting level required to place the bird houses.
  2. This is the level requirement to place bird houses. There is no Hunter level required to craft the bird houses. This level can be boosted for.
  3. For checking full bird houses.

Catching birds[edit | edit source]

Once the bird house trap has been set, players will need to fill it with 10 low level hop seeds or herb seeds (Krandorian/Harralander or lower) or 5 high level seeds (Wildblood/Ranarr or above). Once the trap is full of seed, it will passively capture birds at random tick intervals (an average of once every 5 minutes), up to a maximum of 10. To claim the Hunter experience and loot, players must return to the bird house trap to empty and dismantle it. The bird house will be lost in the process, but the clockwork will be returned, meaning players only need four clockworks to set all their bird houses indefinitely, after which they will only need to bring hammer, chisel, logs, and seeds. However, it is recommended to take a fifth clockwork to craft birdhouses while moving between sites.

Equipment and inventory[edit | edit source]

Graceful hood.png
Graceful cape.png
Digsite pendant.png
Graceful top.png
Graceful legs.png
Graceful gloves.png
Graceful boots.png
Asgarnian seed 5.png40Clockwork.pngHammer.pngChisel.png
Magic logs.pngMagic logs.pngMagic logs.pngMagic logs.png

Loot[edit | edit source]

The player will roll this table once for every bird caught, up to ten times per bird house. The nests may be regular empty nests, seed nests, ring nests and rarely also Clue nests. Egg nests can't be obtained this way.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Raw bird meat.png: Bird house trapping drops Raw bird meat with rarity Always in quantity 1Raw bird meat1Always2110
Feather.png: Bird house trapping drops Feather with rarity Varies in quantity 10Feather10Varies3010
Bird nest.png: Bird house trapping drops Bird nest with rarity Varies in quantity 1Bird nest1Varies[d 1]5,251271
  1. The chance of successfully receiving a bird nest is dependent on the tier of bird house and the player's Hunter level. The seeds used do not affect amount of nests received.[1]
Type Average birdnests per run
(4 houses)
Bird house.png Regular 2
Oak bird house.png Oak 3
Willow bird house.png Willow 4
Teak bird house.png Teak 5
Maple bird house.png Maple 6
Mahogany bird house.png Mahogany 7
Yew bird house.png Yew 8
Magic bird house.png Magic 9
Redwood bird house.png Redwood 10

Locations[edit | edit source]

Locations of the Fossil Island bird house hunting spots.

There are four spots on Fossil Island in which players can place bird house traps, indicated by the Bird house site icon.png icon.

All of these spots are easily accessible by using the Digsite pendant teleport to Fossil Island after using the pendant on the strange machine at the House on the Hill, then using the magic mushtree in the House on the Hill.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 17 July 2018. (Archived from the original on 27 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "[Do the seeds you place in birdhouses have an effect on the amount of nests you get?] No."