Who has had a bird dive straight into their window? Or heard the familiar tapping of a beak against the glass outside? Wild birds are known to attack windows believing there is another bird in their territory or even seeing the reflection of outdoors and attempting to fly through it. This is quite distressing for birds; they can injure or stun themselves, becoming quite vulnerable to others. Read on for solutions that help prevent injury and promote harmonious living for all.
Birds sometimes attack windows and especially tinted glass, by pecking or striking them. This is usually because they can see their own reflection, and think it is a challenger for their territory.
Birds such as the Laughing Kookaburra, Little Raven, Grey Butcherbird and the Australian Magpie-lark have been seen to do this.
Birds may dive at a window because they can see another window through the glass and think that there is a clear flight path to travel through.
It can be quite distressing when birds hit against your windows. They can injure or stun themselves and leave themselves vulnerable to predators and can even damage fly screens or windows.
But there is a lot you can do to stop birds from attacking your windows, so that you can live happily side by side.
Remove the launch pad
Often there is a particular branch or railing on your porch that the bird is launching itself from to attack the windows. Remove this branch, or place pot plants or hanging baskets or other items on the railing to make it inaccessible to the bird. If they can no longer see the reflections that are irritating them, then they won’t attack the windows
Check the light situation
Have a look at the light and shade situation on your windows. Bright light or shade may be what is causing the reflections—so add some shade or trim some foliage as required to remove the reflections on your windows
- Stick brightly coloured paper or newspaper to the outside of the windows to remove reflections
- Place a piece of shade cloth, old sheet, towel, fabric or curtain over the outside surface of the window, perhaps from the eaves or window frame. This can be removed once the bird has lost interest. If the bird is striking more than one window, cover all that are being hit. Avoid hanging nets, as they are a common cause of injury to many animals
- Destroy reflections by painting windows with Bon Ami powder cleanser, white shoe cleaner or similar preparations, until the breeding season is over, which is typically from September to January each year
- Add shutters to the outside of the windows, or install anti-glare screens over windows