Window hits and apparent interspecies care

To: "'Chris Lloyd'" <>, <>
Subject: Window hits and apparent interspecies care
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 13:11:32 +1000
Chris Lloyd stated:

"There may be an issue with the type of bill (e.g. long v. short)
and the amount of pressure the impact puts on the neck vertebrae and
therefore the nerves".

The flexibility of both the bill and neck may also influence survivability
of individual birds hitting a window. Eastern Spinebills have long, flexible
bills and nectarivorous honeyeaters, generally, seem to have very flexible
necks to allow them to reach nectar in difficult-to-reach places. It's
possible that such flexibilities absorb some of the force of impact when a
bird strikes a window.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde, NSW


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