ABC BirdTape is Back!

After several years off the market, ABC’s DIY collision deterrent tape is available again thanks to a collaboration with Feather Friendly.
ABC BirdTape comes in two different sizes and colors, which can be applied to the outside of windows to make the surface visible to birds. Photo courtesy of Feather Friendly

ABC BirdTape, an easy, affordable, and effective way to keep birds from hitting your windows, will soon be back on the market. American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has partnered with Feather Friendly® to resume offering this tape, which was first created in 2012 but has been unavailable for several years. 

“We are excited to work with Feather Friendly to make BirdTape available again. It's a great option for those looking for an inexpensive solution that goes up quickly and lasts a long time,” said Chris Sheppard, Glass Collisions Program Director at ABC. 

ABC BirdTape on a window at Estero Llano Grande State Park. Photo by Kate Sheppard

"Feather Friendly is pleased to partner with American Bird Conservancy in our shared values for avian species protection and preservation. This is a fantastic opportunity to provide even more bird collision deterrent options and educate the public about this preventable conservation issue, " said Paul Groleau, Vice President of Feather Friendly®.

Birds fly into windows because they do not perceive glass, and instead just see their habitat reflected back at them. This misperception has deadly results, killing hundreds of millions of birds each year. Some migratory songbirds are especially susceptible to deadly collisions. Luckily, there are easy steps that homeowners and businesses can take to make their windows visible to birds and reduce the threat of collisions

A popular option for individual homes is to put some kind of visual marker on windows to signal to birds that there is a solid barrier, like paint or a series of decals. ABC BirdTape is a white or light blue vinyl material that can be adhered to windows either in long strips or in a pattern of squares. The tape lasts an average of four years, and is translucent enough to allow natural light through and not impact the view outside. Some people might prefer it to other options because it is easy to apply and customize. 

The butterfly and plant patterns on this Virginia Zoo enclosure provide an example of how customizable ABC BirdTape can be — just remember to space the tape no more than two inches apart! Photo courtesy of Virginia Zoo

For BirdTape to be most effective, it should be applied on the outside of the window with no more than two inches of space between each strip or square. That is the best way to make sure that birds like Dark-eyed Juncos won't just try to fly around or in between these visual cues, and will steer clear of the window entirely. The 3/4-inch version of the tape placed in diagonal lines two inches apart received a Threat Factor of 16 in ABC's test tunnel, meaning that only 16 percent of birds tested flew towards the material (unaltered glass typically has a Threat Factor closer to 100).

While sticking to a simple stripe or a checkerboard-like pattern is easiest, the more artistically inclined can also use the tape to create fun shapes. “BirdTape allows folks to get creative,” said Kaitlyn Parkins, Glass Collisions Program Coordinator for ABC. “As long as the two-by-two-inch spacing is maintained, you can make your design as simple or as complicated as you like while ensuring that your windows are bird-friendly.” 

ABC BirdTape is available online at Feather Friendly's website. Any questions or assistance needed from Feather Friendly can be emailed to For other ideas and inspiration about how to reduce bird collisions, visit ABC's collisions webpage.


American Bird Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.orgFacebookInstagram, and X/Twitter (@ABCbirds).

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