Mist Net Information
We offer three brand selections of mist nets:
Click here for Avinet (USA) mist nets.
Click here for Japanese mist nets.
Click here for Ecotone mist nets.
If you aren't sure what you're looking for, take a look at the tables below to help you compare the nets that we have available. Don't see what you are looking for? Let us know! Special orders can be accommodated with advance notice.
Avinet mist nets are made with care by our team of experienced net makers. Our production methods ensure that nets of the same design are made to the same specifications by different production staff. While we appreciate that customers value the individuals of our team and sometimes request that their nets be made by a specific team member we cannot guarantee that we can meet such requests. Avinet reserves the right to apply a fee of up to 20% for special requests and customizations.
What mesh size should I use?
24mm (1") x 70/2 denier/ply
This is the smallest standard mesh size, usually used only for hummingbirds. Some banders prefer this size for capturing kinglets and the smallest wood warblers, but birds even as small as Song Sparrows will sometimes bounce out of this net; species that take sizes larger than 0 or 0A are best captured with a larger size mesh.
30/32mm (1 1/4") x 70/2 or 110/2 denier/ply
This net works well at capturing typical wood warblers, wrens, smaller sparrows (Chipping, Field, etc.). Basically, it will capture birds as large as Northern Cardinals, but it works best for birds that take sizes 0 and 1.
38/36mm (1 1/2") x 70/2 or 110/2 denier/ply
36mm and 38mm mesh is the "all-purpose" size for banders. Although hummingbirds and kinglets may slip through this mesh, with enough bag it will catch wood warblers and sparrows, plus most birds that take 1A or 1B band sizes.
60/61mm (~2-1/2") x 110/2 or 210/2 denier/ply
This net is ideal for large thrushes, Northern saw-whet owl, American kestrel, and other birds of a similar weight and dimension. Birds the size of chickadees and wood warblers can slip through almost without stopping. In general, this size works well with birds that wear band sizes 2 through 5.
90/100mm (3 1/2"-3.9") x 210/2 or 210/4 denier/ply
This size is best for small to medium raptors, such as sharp-shinned hawks, peregrine falcons, and medium sized owls. A thrush-sized bird can likely slip through without stopping.
121/127mm (4.7-5") x 210/4 denier/ply
This mesh size is best for the largest birds that are capturable in a mist net. Large raptors, large ducks, etc.
Our Mist Net Offerings
Avinet mist nets are made in our facility here in Portland, Maine, USA. Their handmade quality, durability, and coveted brand name make them a top choice and top seller. Avinet nets are a standardized 4-shelf net with tethering on the top and bottom trammels, and have a clean design with a metal ring connecting the netting and the loops. Production times may vary by order and time of year, so if you have immediate needs, please contact us prior to placing an order to see what our options are.30mm Mesh Size (PQ, TQ)
38mm Mesh Size - TH (For birds)
38mm Mesh Size - TB (For bats, has a smaller shelf for less tangling and more tension)
We also offer the following customs lengths by request: 1.5m, 2m, 3m, 5m, 7m, 8m, 10m, 11m, 14m, and 15m.
38mm Mesh Size Special Use Nets
|THX06||Half net or puddle net, ideal for low flyers||Polyester||75/2||2||1m||6m|
|THX12||Half net or puddle net, ideal for low flyers||Polyester||75/2||2||1m||12m|
|DEMO-NET||Use for educational demonstrations||Polyester||75/2||2||.75m||1.8m|
|CAN-TH06||Canopy net for slingshot method net installation||Polyester||75/2||6||6m||3m|
|CAN-TH12||Canopy net for slingshot method net installation||Polyester||75/2||12||12m||3m|
60mm Mesh Size - RT, CT
Dho Gazas - Plain, rectangular framed nets with no shelves used in raptor capture.
|Product Code||Material||Mesh Size||Denier/Ply||Shelves||Height||Length|
|Custom Dho Gazas can be made to your specifications! Send us a message!|
127mm Mesh - DV
Japanese mist nets are another great option. These are the trusty nets historically sold by AFO. Japanese nets are preferred by MAPS station as they are workhorse nets and are a staple of many banding stations worldwide.
Mesh Sizes, Materials, and Lengths available:
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Ecotone mist nets are imported from Poland. Ecotone nets have a different mesh sizing system, and many models have the option of 5 shelves instead of the typical 4. Monofilament nets are unique to Ecotone's line -- they are an excellent option for both birds and bats alike. They are extremely fine, delicate nets, so they require extra care in handling and use. They are an ideal choice for the study of microbat species.
Monofilament Mesh sizes, materials, and lengths available:
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All other nets (subject to availability):