How to Get Rid of Cardinals Pecking on Your Door

Cardinals are a very territorial bird and have been known to peck at windows and doors of homes.
Cardinals may peck at your door or window if they see their reflection.Cardinals may peck at your door or window if they see their reflection.
A bird can peck at a door or window because it sees its reflection and determines this to be a threat or competition; therefore, it tries to protect its home area. There are ways to stop a bird from pecking at a door without having to relocate or destroy the bird.

Step 1

Remove plants from the door to take away any need for the bird to go near it. Move any bird feeders further from the door to keep birds away from the entrance, which reduces the chances of it pecking at the door.

Step 2

Place a silhouette cutout of a predatory bird, such as a hawk or a falcon, on the door or entryway to the home.

Step 3

Add a set of blinds to the front door window to make it more difficult for the cardinal to see its reflection in the glass. Nonreflective papers like construction paper and paper bags can also be used instead of blinds.

Step 4

Cover reflective surfaces of the door with strips of masking tape. This breaks up the reflection the bird sees.

Step 5

Rub a bar of soap over the glass of the window or shiny surface of the door to reduce how much it reflects. The soap can be removed once the cardinal has stopped pecking at the door, or after nesting season is over when the bird may not be as territorial.

Things You Will Need

  • Predator cutout
  • Blinds
  • Paper
  • Masking tape
  • Bar of soap

About the Author

Heather Leigh Landon has been a writer since 1988 when she started her career as a stringer for "The McHenry Star News." Since then she has worked for newspapers such as "The Woodstock Independent," "The Northwest Herald" and "Press Journal." Landon graduated from William Rainey Harper College with an Associate of Applied Science in journalism.