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Editors note: Scientists have discovered LED's can be used to discourage birds from striking aircraft and buildings. LED lighting over a bird cage may be stressing your bird more than you imagine. Which is why I wrote this piece Endnote.

Airports Use LEDs for Bird Avoidance, What's Over Your Cage?

Hi Renée, It's understandable to be confused about lighting as it relates to birds. I want to offer some background first.

RE: I asked Mark, the owner about his LED’s flickering and this is what he said, "Mostly an old wives’ tale. AC (alternating current) does cause a flicker when it alternates direction, there are no studies that I know of that show this is bad for birds.

Those stories came out when people first started using LED’s because people just HATE new things and will make up anything to discredit them. Florescent bulbs flicker WAY more than AC led’s. Read more

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I think the main reason that people don't try to paint older bird cages is because of what they've heard or read about the harmful effects of lead, zinc, and so forth. 

The point that needs to be made is the most of the paints sold in the US for the past 40 years can be safe for human infants - as long as it's dry.  
Our government really wasn't thinking about our birds - they were looking out for our children.” Read more


The original question came from Quora: Is it okay if a bird sees the reflection of her cage in a mirror from a little distance? Does this make the same effect of a mirror inside of the cage? 

One of the answers read: "Larger birds such as parrots have no trouble telling that their reflection is not another bird. For smaller birds, the mirror would probably need to be in the cage so that the bird could actually play with its reflection," but the answer makes no sense. 
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This was the most recent answer to that question on Quora: "So, I did something that, again, I do not recommend for anyone else. I got myself comfortable against the cage, and put my left hand into a balled fist, and let him hit me. Again. And again. And again. Read more
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