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 

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 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 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
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 (3.5"-3.9") x 210/2 or 210/4

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

This mesh size is best for the largest birds that are capturable in a mist net. 

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)
Product Code Material Denier/Ply Shelves Height Length(meters)
PQ06 Nylon 70/2 4 2.6m 6m
PQ09 Nylon 70/2 4 2.6m 9m
PQ12 Nylon 70/2 4 2.6m 12m
PQ18 Nylon 70/2 4 2.6m 18m
TQ06 Polyester 70/2 4 2.6m 6m
TQ09 Polyester 70/2 4 2.6m 9m
TQ12 Polyester 70/2 4 2.6m 12m
TQ18 Polyester 70/2 4 2.6m 18m

38mm Mesh Size - TH  (For birds)
Product Code Material Denier/Ply Shelves Height Length 
TH06 Polyester 75/2 4 2.6m 6m
TH09 Polyester 75/2 4 2.6m 9m
TH12 Polyester 75/2 4 2.6m 12m
TH18 Polyester 75/2 4 2.6m 18m
38mm Mesh Size - TB (For bats, has a smaller shelf for less tangling and more tension)
Product Code Material Denier/Ply Shelves Height Length
TB02 Polyester 75/2 4 2.6m 2.6m
TB04 Polyester 75/2 4 2.6m 4m
TB06 Polyester 75/2 4 2.6m 6m
TB09 Polyester 75/2 4 2.6m 9m
TB12 Polyester 75/2 4 2.6m 12m
TB18 Polyester 75/2 4 2.6m 18m

38mm Mesh Size Special Use Nets
Product Code Specs Material Denier/Ply Shelves Height Length
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
Product Code Material Denier/ply Shelves Height Length
RT06 Nylon 110/2 4 2.6m 6m
RT09 Nylon 110/2 4 2.6m 9m
RT12 Nylon 110/2 4 2.6m 12m
RT18 Nylon 110/2 4 2.6m 18m
CT06 Nylon 210/2 4 2.6m 6m
CT09 Nylon 210/2 4 2.6m 9m
CT12 Nylon 210/2 4 2.6m 12m
CT18 Nylon 210/2 4 2.6m 18m
100mm Mesh Size - HF, DF5 - DISCONTINUED
Product Code Material Denier/Ply Shelves Height Length
HF06 Nylon 210/2 4 2.6m 6m
HF09 Nylon 210/2 4 2.6m 9m
HF12 Nylon 210/2 4 2.6m 12m
HF18 Nylon 210/2 4 2.6m 18m
DF506 Nylon 210/4 5 3m 6m
DF509 Nylon 210/4 5 3m 9m

Dho Gazas - Plain, rectangular framed nets with no shelves used in raptor capture.
Product Code Material Mesh Size Denier/Ply Shelves Height Length
DG4X4 nylon 100mm 210/4 0 1.2m 1.2m
DG4x6 Nylon 100mm 210/4 0 1.2m 1.8m
Custom Dho Gazas can be made to your specifications! Send us a message!

 

127mm Mesh - DV
Product Code Material Denier/Ply Shelves Height Length
DV06 Nylon 210/4 4 2.6m 6m
DV09 Nylon 210/4 4 2.6m 9m
DV12 Nylon 210/4 4 2.6m 12m
DV18 Nylon 210/4 4 2.6m 18m

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:

Product Code Mesh Size Material Denier/Ply Shelves Height Length
NET-GTX 24mm Nylon 70/2 4 2.6m 6m
NET-FTX 24mm Nylon 70/2 4 2.6m 12m
NET-JTX 30mm Nylon 70/2 4 2.6m 6m
NET-HTX 30mm Nylon 70/2 4 2.6m 12m
NET-DTX 36mm Nylon 70/2 4 2.6m 6m
NET-PTX 36mm Polyester 70/2 4 2.6m 6m
NET-ATX 36mm Nylon 70/2 4 2.6m 12m
NET-KTX 36mm Polyester 70/2 4 2.6m 12m
NET-CTX 61mm Nylon 110/2 4 2.6m 12m
NET-ETX 121mm Nylon 210/4 2 2.6m 12m

 

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:

Product code Mesh Size Material Denier/Ply Shelves Height Length
M14/03 28mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 3m
M14/06 28mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 6m
M14/09 28mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 9m
M14/12 28mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 12m
M14/15 28mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 15m
M14/18 28mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 18m
M20/03 40mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 3m
M20/06 40mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 6m
M20/09 40mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 9m
M20/12 40mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 12m
M20/15 40mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 15m
M20/18 40mm Monofilament .08mm 4 2.4m 18m

 

All other nets (subject to availability):

716/03 32mm Nylon 70/2 5 2.5m 3m
1016/06 32mm Nylon 110/2 5 2.5m 6m
716/07 32mm Nylon 70/2 5 2.5m 7m
716/07-P 32mm Polyester 70/2 5 2.5m 7m
716/09 32mm Nylon 70/2 5 2.5m 9m
716/09-P 32mm Polyester 70/2 5 2.5m 9m
1016/10 32mm Nylon 110/2 5 2.5m 10m
716/12-P 32mm Polyester 70/2 5 2.5m 12m
1016/12 32mm Nylon 110/2 5 2.5m 12m
1019/12 38mm Nylon 110/2 5 3m 12m
719/12 38mm Nylon 70/2 5 3m 18m
1019/18 38mm Nylon 110/2 5 3m 18m
2019/12 38mm Nylon 210/3 3 2.1m 12m
730/10 60mm Nylon 70/2 4 3.2m 10m
1030/12 60mm Nylon 110/2 4 3.2m 12m
730/12 60mm Nylon 70/2 4 3.2m 12m
730/15 60mm Nylon 70/2 4 3.2m 12m