LUCKY ESCAPE: This white-headed pigeon had no broken bones or fractures after flying into a window.
LUCKY ESCAPE: This white-headed pigeon had no broken bones or fractures after flying into a window. Northern Rivers WIRES

Why birds crash into windows and how to help when they do

THIS lucky white-headed pigeon made a full recovery after crashing into a window. He hit it so hard he could not fly.

Fortunately, the Casino Vet Clinic found no fractures, just significant bruising. After two weeks of rest and food, he was released.

Birds may mistake the reflection of a window as the continuation of the sky and trees and collide with the glass. If allowed to rest for an hour or so, they may recover and can be released.

However, sometimes the collision is much harder and birds can suffer from head injuries, fractured shoulders or collarbones.

If a bird collides with your window, gently place on a towel in the bottom of a cardboard box with a lid. Do not give any food or drink.

Close the box and put it in a quiet, dark and safe place for one to two hours. Hopefully, it will escape immediately. If not, call WIRES for help.

Some birds die immediately after the collision or shortly afterwards. Sadly, there is nothing you or WIRES could have done for them.

To help make glass more visible, stick on decals, use fly screens or hang a pot plant outside.

WIRES is an all-volunteer organisation. We really need more volunteers in or near Casino. If you are interested in joining, call the hotline on 6628 1898 or go to wiresnr.org/Helping .html to find out more.


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