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If you’re build­ing or ren­o­vat­ing, use bird-safe glass for your win­dows.

For ex­ist­ing win­dows – par­tic­u­larly those fac­ing gar­den ar­eas – ap­ply an ex­ter­nal anti-re­flec­tive film, tape or string to de­ter birds.

In­stall fi­bre­glass screen­ing in front of win­dows. If mounted cor­rectly (at least 13cm in front of the win­dow with enough ten­sion), most birds will bounce off them. Place feed­ers ei­ther close to, or far away from win­dows.

Leave blinds par­tially open so a striped pat­tern is vis­i­ble from out­side. If you have cur­tains, close them.

If you have any ‘through-house’ lines of sight, block them with a cur­tain or blind, or by clos­ing an in­ter­nal door.

At night, use low-in­ten­sity lighting and di­rect light from lamps away from win­dows.

For a bird stunned by a col­li­sion, use gloved hands to gen­tly pick it up and place it in a safe area away from any preda­tors, in a well-ven­ti­lated box. Check it in an hour or so and re­lease it out­side when it’s alert. Be part of BirdLife Aus­tralia’s Bird Strike Project, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the col­li­sion of birds with win­dows and cars. For more info, see: birdsin­back­yards.net

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