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 Level[d 1] Crafting XP Hunter Level[d 2] Hunter XP[d 3] # for goal[d 4] # of Fossil Island Runs Cost[d 5] Cost (logs)[d 6] Effective XP/HR
Bird house (item).png Regular 5 15 5 280 7 2 -4,018 -322 44.8k - 55.233k
Oak bird house.png Oak 15 20 14 420 13 3 -8,172 -900 67.2k - 82.85k
Willow bird house.png Willow 25 25 24 560 24 6 -15,525 -437 89.6k - 110.47k
Teak bird house.png Teak 35 30 34 700 52 13 -47,430 -8,772 112k - 138.08k
Maple bird house.png Maple 45 35 44 820 44 11 -31,020 -616 131.2k - 161.75k
Mahogany bird house.png Mahogany 50 40 49 960 160 40 -178,974 -55,746 153.6k - 189.37k
Yew bird house.png Yew 60 45 59 1,020 832 208 -826,176 -198,016 163.2k - 201.2k
Magic bird house.png Magic 75 50 74 1,140 3288 822 -5,826,078 -3,318,860 182.4k - 224.88k
Redwood bird house.png Redwood 90 55 89 1,200 6828 1707 -3,729,610 -939,796 192k - 236.71k
  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.
  4. If starting from 1000xp (level 9), which players are given in the Natural History Quiz.
  5. If buying birdhouses from the Grand Exchange.
  6. If creating the birdhouses with logs.

Seeds[edit | edit source]

To arm the trap, players need 10 low level hop seeds or herb seeds (Krandorian/Harralander or lower) or 5 high level seeds (Wildblood/Ranarr or above). All seeds give the exact same rewards[1], so it is recommended to use the seeds that are cheapest or easiest to obtain.

Seed Amount Price per house
Barley seed.png Barley seed 10 -20
Hammerstone seed.png Hammerstone seed 10 -30
Asgarnian seed.png Asgarnian seed 10 -30
Jute seed.png Jute seed 10 -20
Yanillian seed.png Yanillian seed 10 -60
Krandorian seed.png Krandorian seed 10 -60
Wildblood seed.png Wildblood seed 5 -360
Guam seed.png Guam seed 10 -40
Marrentill seed.png Marrentill seed 10 -10
Tarromin seed.png Tarromin seed 10 -80
Harralander seed.png Harralander seed 10 -230
Ranarr seed.png Ranarr seed 5 -198,705
Toadflax seed.png Toadflax seed 5 -3,950
Irit seed.png Irit seed 5 -190
Avantoe seed.png Avantoe seed 5 -1,335
Kwuarm seed.png Kwuarm seed 5 -365
Snapdragon seed.png Snapdragon seed 5 -266,100
Cadantine seed.png Cadantine seed 5 -1,680
Lantadyme seed.png Lantadyme seed 5 -1,515
Dwarf weed seed.png Dwarf weed seed 5 -430
Torstol seed.png Torstol seed 5 -258,830

Catching birds[edit | edit source]

Once the bird house trap has been set and filled with seeds, 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.

Alternatively, players may purchase pre-made houses from the Grand Exchange. Retrieving these will still return the clockwork, which players can sell afterward.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Asgarnian seed 5.png40Clockwork.pngHammer.pngChisel.png
Magic logs.pngMagic logs.pngMagic logs.pngMagic logs.png
Digsite pendant.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 and egg nests.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Raw bird meat.png: Bird house trapping drops Raw bird meat with rarity Always in quantity 1Raw bird meat1Always4610
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 nest1Varies3,461271
Bird's egg (red).png: Bird house trapping drops Bird's egg with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Bird's egg1UncommonNot soldN/A
Bird's egg (green).png: Bird house trapping drops Bird's egg with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Bird's egg1UncommonNot soldN/A
Bird's egg (blue).png: Bird house trapping drops Bird's egg with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Bird's egg1UncommonNot soldN/A

The chance of successfully receiving a bird nest is dependent on the tier of bird house and the player's Hunter level.[2] The seeds used do not affect amount of nests received.[1] Wearing a Strung rabbit foot will increase the chance of any rewarded bird nest containing a bird egg in it.[3]

Locations[edit | edit source]

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.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
17 March 2021
(update)

There is now a small chance of receiving bird's egg nests when emptying a full birdhouse.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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."
  2. Jagex. "Bird Nest Balancing and PvP Changes." 22 November 2018. Old School RuneScape News.
  3. Jagex. "Collection Log Improvements and The Last of Poll 74." 7 April 2021. Old School RuneScape News.