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Taipei Zoo’s answer to bird collisions

Bird-friendly glass reduces risk of avians smacking into windows

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Taipei Zoo uses dotted windows to avoid bird collisions. (Taipei Zoo photo)

Taipei Zoo uses dotted windows to avoid bird collisions. (Taipei Zoo photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Zoo has come up with a simple but clever way of preventing birds from hitting windows — by decorating the glass with lots of white dots.

This approach to protecting avians was adopted after an injured Taiwan barbet was found beneath a glass barrier in August. Its air sac had been damaged when it collided with the transparent wall.

To avoid “window kill” accidents, zookeepers have worked with veterinarians from the Raptor Research Group of Taiwan. The solution is applying a dense network of adhesive dots to windows so as to reduce the chances of birds flying into the glass at high speeds.

The method appears to be working, with no such collisions having been reported in areas where the bird-safe stickers have been applied. Members of the public are advised not to tamper with the stickers when visiting the zoo and are encouraged to furnish their homes with similar stickers or paint to achieve the same effect.

According to the American Bird Conservancy, up to one billion bird fatalities are caused by glass collisions in the United States every year.

Taipei Zoo’s answer to bird collisions
Taipei Zoo uses dotted windows to avoid bird collisions. (Taipei Zoo photo)