Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bird behavior at RSMAS

You may have observed this behavior on the RSMAS campus. Some birds attack windows repeatedly. This is a territorial behavior shown by males. They believe their reflection in the window is another male and they will attack it time after time. You will notice that this behavior is only happening at certain times of the day, depending on the sun position and the intensity of the reflection. In order to stop the behavior, shooing the bird will not be enough as he will come back no matter how damaging the behavior is to him. To stop it, you will need to cut down the reflection by putting some paper or stickers on the other side of the window. Please see the article "Keeping Birds safe around windows" from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology here.

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