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Bird Window Collisions Kill One Billion Birds Per Year

Updated on October 28, 2011

How To Prevent Birds From Hitting Windows

Approximately one billion bird deaths occur every single year due to them hitting home windows according to a study by the Audubon Society.

Why Are There So Many Bird Deaths From Windows?

In the bird's visual processing it seems to them as if the reflection they see in your windows is a flight path and they head full steam into it.

This isn't the fault of the bird's intelligence. Millions of years of evolution have made them very accomplished fliers but windows are a relatively new object in their environment.  We have all known the feeling of walking into a clean glass door at one point or another in our lives. When that happens at thirty miles an hour it can be fatal to birds

How To Keep Birds From Hitting Your Windows

There are some ways you can keep them from hitting your home windows.

One way is to use visual bird deterrents that you affix to the glass. These come in static cling latex and are easily moved.

You should also place your bird feeder either close (within five feet) or far (more than thirty) feet from your home

Putting your bird feeder closer to the house can help prevent them from getting up enough flight speed to have a fatal hit. Putting it far gives them other escape routes.

One of the most effective methods is to use solar screens that cover the entire window or fine bird netting across your windows. Birds do not see as much of a reflection and even if they do fly into it the collision likely won't be fatal.

Things like wind chimes and hanging plants placed near windows can also reduce bird window collisions.

If everyone does their part you can save a few little lives around your home each year and help reduce the one billion bird deaths that occur from hitting windows.

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  • doodlebugs profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Southwest

    Decals have helped stop hummingbirds from hitting our windows. If you have any suggestions about other ways to keep birds from hitting your windows, please post them in the comments.


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