Kamikaze kookaburras

To: "Mt Glorious Getaways" <>
Subject: Kamikaze kookaburras
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 16:12:15 +1100
Hi Sam and Margaret -

At 08:58 AM 18/03/02 +1000, you wrote:
>We are wondering if anyone can suggest  some solutions to kamikaze
>kookaburras which are hitting our large plate glass  doors.      plate
>glass doors.   So far the only solution we have had is  to plaster the
>doors with newspaper, but that is rather unsightly to say the  least!!  
>Any suggestions would be most  welcome.

The following is an extract from one of our information sheets - No.16:
Helping Birds in Trouble:

Many birds have problems with glass windows and collide with them because
they see only the view beyond, or the reflection.  In North America and
Europe where there is a very large passage of seasonally migrating birds
twice a year, it is estimated that many millions die through collisions
with glass windows.  In Australia, although the scale of bird migration is
not as large, many birds do get killed every year.  There are some things
that you can do to prevent birds being hurt or killed by colliding with the
windows of your house.  These include allowing a film of dust to built up
on the exterior of the window, screening the window with hanging baskets
and pot plants, and using internal barriers so the birds do not see an
apparent flyway through the house to the other side.  Such methods may also
prevent birds persistently attacking their reflections on glass or other
shiny surfaces.  When birds collide with windows at speed, some are killed
but some may only be concussed.  Birds suffering concussion are vulnerable
to predators (such as domestic cats) but they may recover within an hour or
two, or overnight, if placed in a dark box.

NB. BA Information Sheets are available from us free as email attachgments.


Hugo Phillipps
Communications Coordinator
Birds Australia
415 Riversdale Road
HAWTHORN EAST 3123, Australia
Tel: (03) 9882 2622, fax: (03) 9882 2677
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