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Waterfall Rocks

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Attract more birds with these small additions to your birdbath!

Waterfall rocks are small, artificial rocks with an internal pump. The pump recirculates the water inside a birdbath, creating a constantly flowing waterfall.

The pumps are hidden inside the natural looking resin ‘rock.’ The rocks are typically 7 to 10 inches in size and fit well in most birdbaths.

There are many different styles of waterfall rocks.

The waterfall rocks are an attractive addition to your birdbath and the sound of the running water does a wonderful job in attracting more birds.


Why do birds like waterfall rocks?

Many bird species are attracted to the sound and movement of water, including those created by waterfall rocks. Waterfall rocks are a popular feature in backyard water gardens, and they can be a great way to attract birds to your yard.

The sound of moving water is appealing to birds and can help to mask other background noises that may be stressful to them. Additionally, the moving water helps to oxygenate the water, making it a healthier environment for birds to drink and bathe in.

Waterfall rocks can also provide a natural source of enrichment for birds, as they may use the rocks to perch on, preen, or even gather nesting materials from nearby vegetation.

However, it’s worth noting that not all bird species are attracted to water features like waterfall rocks. Some bird species prefer to bathe and drink from shallow, still water sources such as a birdbath. So, while waterfall rocks can be attractive to many bird species, it’s important to provide a variety of water sources in your yard to ensure that all birds have access to water that meets their preferences.


You need to know…

  • Some pumps will need to be connected to an electrical outlet. Be sure to use an outlet with a ground fault interrupter.
  • Some pumps are solar powered, but are more expensive.
  • Waterfall rocks are sometimes sold without a pump. When purchasing, make sure the waterfall has a pump, or that you can supply your own.
  • Pumps can be damaged in freezing weather.

A variety of waterfall rocks can be purchased on the Birdzilla Birdbath web site.

About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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