Canberra's glass structures and bird strike

To: "David McDonald (Personal)" <>
Subject: Canberra's glass structures and bird strike
From: Sue Lashko via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2023 07:07:33 +0000
Within a week of a clear glass bus shelter being erected in Coulter Drive (a few years ago now), a male Superb Parrot tried to try straight through it - with fatal consequences.  These types of shelters have replaced the concrete ones in many places.


On Tue, 6 Jun 2023 at 17:59, David McDonald (Personal) <> wrote:

Greetings. Yesterday had a call from a resident of Kambah, who found my contact details at COG’s website.


She is a very environmentally-sensitive person, and asked if COG, or any other environmentally-focused organisations, are aware of an increasing number of deaths of birds caused by them flying into glass structures. She points out that it seems to have become increasingly fashionable to have all kinds of structures made out of clear glass, instancing glass railings on balconies and glass fencing around swimming pools.


Another example she provided is that one of Canberra's prominent private schools has recently installed a large, clear glass, bus shelter. At the foot of it she found one or more birds that had been killed there by flying into the glass. To their credit, it seems that the school has responded to her concerns by undertaking to frost the glass.


Not spending much time in Canberra nowadays, I'm not in a position to assess the extent to which clear glass structures are increasingly being constructed in the city. Nonetheless, if that is the case, perhaps there is scope for planning regulations to take into account the danger of bird deaths from flying into clear glass structures? Thoughts and experiences?


Best wishes – David



David McDonald

Canberra Ornithologists Group email lists manager

1004 Norton Road, Wamboin, NSW 2620, Australia

Mobile: 0416 231 890 | Tel: (02) 6238 3706

E-mail: m("","coglists-owner");" target="_blank">  



This is the email announcement and discussion list of the Canberra Ornithologists Group.
Emails posted to the list that exceed 2 MB (2,000 kB) in size, including attachments, will be rejected.
All emails distributed via the list are archived at It is a condition of list membership that you agree to your contributions being archived.

Canberrabirds mailing list

Attachment: ATT00001.txt
Description: ATT00001.txt

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the Canberra Ornithologists Group mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the list contact David McDonald, list manager, phone (02) 6231 8904 or email . If you can not contact David McDonald e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU