Why Do Birds Poop On Cars? 

When you pass by around your neighborhood, you would have probably seen some cars with bird poop on them.

If you own a car, you could have already seen multiple, small, white bird droppings on your vehicle.

Droppings have always been a nuisance to many people as birds often drop their poop on newly cleaned cars.

But why exactly do birds poop on these vehicles? 

Birds poop on cars for various reasons such as your car is parked near their shelters, the color of your vehicle, and its furnishing. Cars that completely reflect the image of the birds could either cause them threat or excitement. Whenever birds are threatened or excited, which is most likely caused by cars, they release their droppings. 

I remember when I just had washed my car and it was sparkling clean and within a few hours when I came back to my car, guess what happened?

Yep, birds decided to poop all over my car!

Do they actually do this on purpose?

Let’s find out

Do Birds Poop On Cars By Purpose? 

Having your vehicles get bird droppings from time to time would really make you think if birds deliberately dirty your car.

While this might become a usual routine, birds don’t really poop on your vehicles on purpose to annoy you. 

Instead, two factors can be considered why your car always has bird droppings on it.

Here are the possible reasons behind the bird stains on your vehicle. 

Your parking space 

Car owners usually park their car somewhere with a lot of trees to take advantage of the shade.

Birds naturally roost and settle in a tree-dominant area.

They also like to hang out and stay in those kinds of places, so parking your vehicle under the trees would really risk your car for droppings. 

In a worse case scenario, parking your car directly under a bird’s nest would definitely stain your vehicle with lots of bird poop.

You might even notice multiple bird poop on your car as multiple birds hang out in a nesting area. 

Your car’s color 

Believe it or not, the color of your car also is also a major factor of having bird poop on your vehicle.

Based on the study conducted by Halfords, a famous UK-based car parts dealer, it was revealed that birds get attracted to certain car colors primarily red, blue, black, and white. 

In other words, if your car is painted in any of the mentioned colors, birds will likely poop on your vehicle.

Red cars and blue cars often have bird droppings as these colors are most associated with predator animals.

Next in the list are black and white cars, while those vehicles painted in green experience the least droppings. 

Car owners also agreed that the darker the color of your car, the deeper reflection it gives to birds.

Vehicles that display clearer reflection receive the most bird stains.

So next time you decide to purchase a car think about the color!

Why Do Birds Poop On White Cars? 

White-colored vehicles often have bird poops because it gives a clear reflection of birds, particularly in the evening.

If the vehicle also has a clean and fine finishing, it will also increase the risk of receiving bird droppings.

Of course, the place where you parked your car can also influence the chance of staining your vehicle. 

However, white cars are actually already considered to be the color with one of the least chances of having bird poops compared to other bold and crimson colors. 

Why Do Birds Poop On Black Cars? 

Black cars are the vehicles that give a really clear and shiny finish when properly maintained and cleaned.

When birds can see their reflection clearly on the surface, they will most likely poop on it. 

No one exactly knows the reason why birds poop on vehicles with shiny surfaces, but it is said that the reflections that most vehicles have are deemed as potential threats to these birds.

This will lead them to release their poops on cars.

What Car Colors Attract The Most Bird Poops? 

If you’re aspiring to buy a car, you should also consider the color of your vehicle not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for its maintenance.

After all, a study found that birds release droppings on certain cars more frequently than other vehicles because of the color.

As revealed in Halfords study, car colors have a significant contribution to bird droppings.

Green cars are the vehicles that suffer the least from bird stains, followed by silver and gray-colored cars. 

Newly polished vehicles that give the best reflection attract the birds poop the most as well.

For colors, red cars topped the list of having the most bird poops, followed by blue, black, then white-colored vehicles. 

Remember bird poop will eventually damage the paintwork of your vehicle.

In fact, it is also claimed by car insurance industry that bird droppings is considered to be one of the most expensive problems as the cost of unnecessary repairs accumulates up to $57 million per year.

Wrapping Up

Bird poop can be really annoying for many car owners, but these birds do not release their droppings on vehicles purposely to tease and annoy people.

There are two main factors why birds frequently poop on your car: your parking space and the color of your vehicle. 

A study found that red, blue, black, and white-colored vehicles are usually the ones that suffer the most from bird stains.

Green cars suffer the least, but it doesn’t mean that having a green vehicle would completely avoid these wastes.

If you live in a neighborhood with lots of trees for birds to settle in, there are high chances of your car being covered in bird poop.

This is because birds like to place and make their nest in the branches where you can get the most parking shade.

Overall, bird poop can be costly and can cause serious damage to your car’s finishing and paintwork.

Be mindful about bird droppings, so you can minimize any damage on your vehicle. 


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