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OSRS Birdhouse Guide: How to Efficiently Train Hunter Skill

Note: The following guide provides detailed instructions on how to efficiently train the Hunter skill in Old School RuneScape (OSRS) using birdhouses.


Welcome to our comprehensive OSRS Birdhouse Guide! If you're looking for a method to level up your Hunter skill quickly and effectively, birdhouse runs are an excellent choice. This guide will walk you through the entire process, including the items needed, requirements, and experience rates per hour.

What are Birdhouses?

Birdhouses are special wooden structures found throughout Gielinor that act as traps for birds. By setting up birdhouses in designated locations and adding birdhouse seeds to them, players can catch various types of birds and gain Hunter experience.


Before starting your birdhouse runs, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Hunter Level: At least level 5 Hunter is required to begin birdhouse runs.
  • Tools: You'll need an axe to cut down trees and a hammer to build the birdhouses.
  • Birdhouse Seeds: Obtain birdhouse seeds by purchasing them from the Grand Exchange or by completing birdhouse runs to accumulate nests.

Recommended Birdhouse Locations

There are four primary locations where you can set up birdhouses in OSRS:

  1. Fossil Island: Located northeast of Morytania, Fossil Island offers the most variety of birds to catch. It requires completion of the Bone Voyage quest to access.

  2. Woodland Hunting Grounds: Found south of Seers' Village, this area is easily accessible and contains a variety of bird species.

  3. Taverley Dungeon: This location can be accessed through the Taverley Dungeon entrance and is recommended for players with a lower Hunter level.

  4. Uzer: Located in the Kharidian Desert, Uzer provides higher-level bird species but requires completion of the medium tasks in the Desert Diary to access.

Birdhouse Run Steps

  1. Gathering Supplies: Before starting your run, ensure you have enough empty birdhouses (up to 5) and birdhouse seeds. Fill your inventory with these supplies.

  2. Traveling to the Location: Use various methods such as teleportation spells, amulets, or shortcuts to reach your chosen birdhouse location efficiently.

  3. Building and Setting Up: Find the designated birdhouse spots in the area. Use your hammer on the logs in your inventory to build birdhouses. Once built, use the birdhouse seed on each birdhouse to set them up.

  4. Waiting Period: After setting up the birdhouses, wait for approximately 50 minutes (in real-time) for the birds to be trapped inside.

  5. Collecting the Bird Nests: Return to each birdhouse after the waiting period. Search the birdhouse to obtain bird nests. You may receive multiple nests per birdhouse.

  6. Repeat: Repeat steps 1-5 until you've used all your birdhouses or run out of birdhouse seeds.

Experience Rates and Tips

  • Each bird caught in a birdhouse grants experience based on its level.
  • On average, a full birdhouse run can provide around 10,000-15,000 Hunter experience per hour.
  • Higher-level birdhouses yield better rewards, including more nests and higher experience rates.
  • It's recommended to complete herb runs or other activities during the waiting period to optimize your time.


Congratulations! You now have a comprehensive understanding of birdhouse runs in OSRS. By following this guide, you can efficiently train your Hunter skill while enjoying the process. Remember to gather the necessary supplies, select a suitable birdhouse location, and repeat the run until you achieve your desired experience gains. Best of luck on your birdhouse adventures in Old School RuneScape!