Bird-Smart-Glass-LogoEffective Window Solutions for Homeowners and Architects

Birds hitting windows is one of the leading causes of bird deaths in the United States. It is estimated that up to 988 million birds are killed each year in the United States when they hit windows, making this threat one of the most costly to bird populations.

Migratory birds and backyard birds are among the most common victims, including declining species like White-throated Sparrow, Hermit and Wood Thrush, Painted BuntingGolden-winged Warbler, and Anna's and Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Now, after six years of research and testing more than 150 products, our Glass Collisions Program presents a comprehensive resource to help stop birds hitting windows: Proven products for existing and new windows for homeowners, architects, and builders, for every size and shape imaginable, and for every budget. Each of these products has been shown to significantly reduce bird collisions. (See "About Our Ratings," below.)

We at American Bird Conservancy are proud to be the first organization to promote glass collision awareness on a nationwide scale. But we need your help to make a difference for birds: Please take action today to help solve the problem of birds hitting windows, using one of the options listed below.


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HOMEOWNER PRODUCTS

ABC BirdTape, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsABC BirdTape – Highly Effective

Estimated Cost: $3 per 24″ x 32″ window

Easy to install, long-lasting and affordable, ABC BirdTape is highly effective when installed as recommended. This translucent tape allows light in, but partially obscures views. Lasts at least four years when installed on the exterior surface of a window.
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Acopian BirdSavers, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsAcopian BirdSavers – Highly Effective

Estimated Cost: $24 per 24″ x 32″ window

These “Zen Curtains” are easy to install, long lasting and highly effective. The bird-savers website gives directions to build your own, or order from them from Acopian Bird Savers.

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CollidEscape, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsWhite Collidescape – Highly Effective

Estimated Cost: $36 per 24″ x 32″ window

This window film creates a solid appearance from the outside, but allows views from the inside and can reduce glare and cooling costs while protecting birds. Do it yourself or have professionally installed.

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Feather Friendly, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsFeather Friendly® – Effective

Estimated Cost: $10 per 24″ x 32″ window

These adhesive dots applied to the outside of your windows create an effective “frit” pattern. Do-it-yourself or have professionally installed.

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Solyx_Bird Safety Film, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsSolyx® Bird-Safety Film – Effective

Estimated Cost: $31 per 24″ x 32″ window

This external film is available in horizontal and vertical stripes. Both have proven highly effective in the field. This product may require professional installation.

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Window Alert, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsWindow Alert™ – Effective

Estimated Cost: $28 per 24″ x 32″ window

These UV-reflecting decals have proven effective when applied according to specifications. Decals are minimally visible to people under ordinary conditions. Window Alert™ decals should be replaced every 12-18 months for maximum effectiveness.

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ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS

Most of these products are not available for retail purchase. Contact an architect, glass supplier, or contractor if interested.

Bird-friendly buildings need not cost more than other buildings, if you consider bird-friendly design from the outset. Products listed here have Material Threat Factor Scores below 30 and are suitable for meeting the USGBC LEED™ Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence, and for meeting requirements of local ordinances in San Francisco, Toronto, Highland Park, Oakland, and others, as well as the State of Minnesota's B3 guidelines.

Arnold Glas, Ornilux, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsArnold Glas: Ornilux Low-e Neutral Adv. N33 & Ornilux Low-e Neutral Uno N10 – Effective

Ornilux is the least-visible product currently on the market that provides some significant bird deterrence.

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Bendheim-Wall-Systems-3Bendheim Wall Systems' Lambert Channel Glass – Effective

This modular product deters collisions; is up to 60 percent recycled; and features low-emissivity coatings.

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Convenience Group Feather Friendly, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsConvenience Group's Feather Friendly Patterns – Effective/Highly Effective

These external vinyl patterns have proven effective on many buildings in the Toronto area. Users have reported significant reductions in collisions.

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Evonik, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsEvonik Industries' Acrylite Soundstop BirdGuard – Effective

This acrylic plexiglas has embedded polyamide threads for sliver retention and bird protection. Generally used for noise barriers, it is also suitable for use in handrails in outdoor settings.

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GlasPro, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsGlasPro Bird Safe Glass – Effective

This product is ideal for buildings and zoos where building owners want maximum transparency with a maximum deterrent for bird collisions. Inks are rated for a minimum 30-year lifespan in an exterior application, with a lead time of less than 6 weeks. 100 percent made in the USA.

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Guardian Glass, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsGuardian Glass SN68 1/8” “Dark Line” – Effective

This patterned glass is both low-emissivity and solar controlling, enabling architects to meet multiple sustainability goals with a single product.

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Solyx Bird Safety Film, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsSolyx® Bird-Safety Film – Highly Effective

This external film is available in horizontal and vertical stripes. Both have proven highly effective in the field.

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Viracon Birdfriendly Glass, effective product to stop birds hitting windowsViracon – Various Products

Screen 2256 (20% coverage, 1/8” lines) in V901 Dark Gray – Highly Effective | Screen 2256 (20% coverage, 1/8” lines) in V948 Medium Gray – Highly Effective | Screen 5006 (40% coverage, 1/8” dots) in V175 High Opacity White – Effective

These products have low-emissivity coatings and provide solar control and bird collision deterrence.

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Walker Glass Aviprotek, effective product to stop birds hitting windows
Walker Glass' Aviprotek® Bird-Friendly Glass Pattern 214 – Effective

With acid-etched patterns on surface one Walker Glass' Aviprotek® line is an elegant and effective solution. Because the patterns are on surface one, they are more likely to obscure reflections than surface two patterns.

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Want to see your product listed here? Contact Dr. Chris Sheppard at csheppard@abcbirds.org


ABOUT OUR RATINGS

All solutions listed on this page have been tested under controlled conditions or evaluated based on collisions numbers tabulated before and after installation (field trials) and have met all criteria below. Data from testing have either been reviewed by ABC scientists or come from ABC's own testing program.

"Effective" Rating
"Highly Effective" Rating

ABC tests glass products and other deterrents by flying birds through a tunnel where they are presented with a clear glass pane in one “lane” and the tested product in another. The number of birds that fly to escape the tunnel towards the clear glass provides a score for avoidance of the deterrent. Light netting is placed in front of the glass to prevent injury to the birds and they are released after one flight.

Visual deterrents or patterns, such as those tested by ABC, can break up reflections and reduce related bird strikes such as those caused by reflected vegetation. However ABC's tunnel testing is not specifically designed to rate products on their ability to reduce bird mortality caused by reflections. It is designed primarily to test how well visible patterns function to deter birds flying towards glass. Field applicability will also vary by installation: Relative effectiveness is governed by variable external factors, such as proximity of vegetation, orientation towards the sun, bird feeders, proximity to other buildings, etc. Realistically, these cannot be measured in statistically reliable tests that would provide broadly applicable results.

Note: Window products rated “Effective" and "Highly Effective" have shown in controlled studies to significantly reduce, but not altogether eliminate, bird collisions, and results will vary depending on local bird populations, landscape conditions, and building design.


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