May 15 2013

Preventing Window Strikes At Home

Published by at 6:30 am under Bird Behavior

Vertical bird tape to prevent window collisions (image from

The other day a mourning dove slammed into our bathroom window so hard it made me jump two rooms away.  The impact left feathers stuck to the glass and scattered on the roof.

From our backyard feeders the window must look like a safe hole in the sky to escape the local Coopers hawk.   But no.  That dove probably died.

It wasn’t the first time the two upper windows on the back of our house have been hit but I hope it will be the last.  I’ve ordered the thin bird tape shown above at American Bird Conservancy’s Bird Tape website.

I’m hoping for great results.  The stripes have got to be better than the dusty outline of a dead dove on my window.

(photo from Click on the image to visit the website.)


p.s. On a somber note, I read Lisa Ann Malandrino’s blog yesterday about the dead birds she found near her office in Jersey City on May 10.  Window strikes in cities kill many, many birds on migration, a problem much larger than bird tape can solve.  We need an organized effort in U.S. cities like the Fatal Light Awareness Program in Toronto, Ontario.

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  1. Nathalie Picardon 15 May 2013 at 12:07 pm

    There are infrared window decals available commercially. Easy to find with an internet search. They are barely visible to humans, but clearly visible to birds. I have not had any bird hitting my windows since I have been using these.

  2. Glenn Phillipson 06 Oct 2015 at 10:06 am

    There are many programs across the US, working to stop bird collisions with windows. Chicago Bird Monitors and New York City Audubon’s Project Safe Flight being among the longest running.

    The American Bird Conservancy developed ABC BirdTape to help fill a gap in effective products as part of our efforts to reduce the threat of collisions for birds already imperiled by habitat loss on all parts of their range.

    WindowAlert decals can also be effective for species that can see ultraviolet light, if spaced according to the well established 2×4 rule (spacing no more than 2″ apart in the vertical dimension or 4″ apart in the horizontal dimension…e.g. Vertical lines separated by 4″). Unfortunately, pigeons and doves can’t see UV, nor can hummingbirds.

    FeatherFriendly, Birdsavers, and Collidescape are all also effective solutions, and ABC is working with glass manufacturers around the world to help develop new products!

    Thanks for taking action to save birds at your home. I hope you found the ABC BirdTape worked for you!

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