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• Because their cells don’t react, the electricity has no effect on their claws. Additionally, if they come into contact with one another, their combined powers will cause them to die.

Metal is used to make power lines because it facilitates the easiest flow of electricity through it. When a bird perches on a power line, it is easier for the electricity to continue along that path rather than to go around the bird. Fortunately for the birds, power line wires are far enough apart that most birds are too small to have one foot on one wire and the other foot on another wire. On the other hand, if a bird had one foot on one wire and the other foot on a second wire, then the bird would create a new path for the electricity (from one wire to the other through the bird’s body!) and that bird would be shocked!

• Since they are aware of which cables are shocking and which ones are not Babies only know which wires to sit on and which ones to stay away from.

• To prevent the bird from being shocked, a black covering is placed over the wire.

For thirty-five years, Joe Ruhl has delighted young people in the wonders of science. At Jefferson High School, he teaches science research, genetics, biology, and honors biology.

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Where in the world is tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day?

Try one or more of these fun activities to learn more about electricity with a friend or member of your family. Its sure to be a hair-raising experience!.

  • We now know that copper wire is an electrical conductor thanks to today’s Wonder. Ask a friend or family member to assist you in making a list of the things that DO and DO not conduct electricity. Can you think of any other items that conduct electricity?
  • Read more about how electricity works. Next, picture yourself being asked to clarify something to someone. Write a paragraph summarizing what you learned. Which information is crucial for understanding how electricity functions?
  • You may know there are many types of electricity. Learn more about static electricity. Tell a friend or family member what you learned about static electricity and its causes.
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Have You Ever Wondered…

  • Do birds get shocked when they sit on wires?
  • How does electricity flow?
  • Can you do simple experiments with electricity at home?

The Wonder of the Day for today was motivated by h from AL. We appreciate you WONDERing with us, h. “Why do birds not get shocked on alive conductor?”

How much do you know about the risks associated with electricity? It’s likely that you abide by a lot of regulations to prevent electric shocks. You don’t put your fingers into outlets. You don’t use plug-in appliances near water. You don’t climb utility poles.

But as you’ve probably seen, animals don’t always abide by the rules! You’ve probably seen squirrels or birds darting along electrical lines. It’s possible that you have even caught a glimpse of them perched atop tall wires. These wires occasionally hold dozens or even hundreds of birds.

They can’t possibly be shocked as they sit there, can they? There aren’t any screeches or puffs of smoke or feathers to be seen, after all. There’s no smell of roasted bird in the air. What gives, and how are birds able to sit on those wires without getting shocked?

This question’s response relates to the flow of electricity. It always follows the least resistance path and moves most easily through conductors. The copper in electrical wires is a great conductor. Birds are not good conductors. They don’t get shocked when they sit on electrical wires, in part, because of this. Instead of passing through the birds, the energy continues to flow along the wire.

Birds can perch on a wire without being shocked for another reason. There’s no voltage difference in a single wire. There needs to be what scientists refer to as a difference in electrical potential for electrons to move. Energy, for instance, moves from high-voltage areas to low-voltage areas. It will follow the least resistance path if it passes through a single power line at 35,000 volts. Because there is no difference in electrical potential, it will therefore avoid birds.

If a bird perched on the wire touched the ground, that would be a whole other story. That would cause it to get shocked. This would also occur if a bird made contact with a different voltage wire. In these circumstances, the bird’s body would turn into an electrical conduit. It would pass through the bird and emerge on the other side at a different voltage or on the ground. This explains why power lines typically have a lot of space between them and are high in the sky!

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Thank you to Jazmyn, urijah, and Lukas for answering our questions regarding today’s Wonder!

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Why do birds do not get electrocuted?

Birds sitting on a wire don’t touch the ground (or anything in contact with the ground), so electricity stays in the power line. But, if a bird touches a power line and equipment or other metal that is grounded, it gives electricity a path to the ground, and the bird could be shocked.

Why don t squirrels get electrocuted on power lines?

The current is flowing through the wire, and going through the squirrel’s body would not get it there any faster. Instead, it would be a detour. Because electricity only takes the path of least resistance, a squirrel on an electrical wire stays safe as long as it does not make contact with any other wire.

Can a human touch a powerline?

Overhead power lines are not insulated. Any covering you see on a power line is generally there for weather protection, not insulation. If you touch a power line, whether covered or bare, you could die.

Why do birds sit on power lines before storms?

Safe Place From Predators Animals, such as foxes and cats, prey on birds. To evade these predators, birds will sit on power lines. They get to take their pick between two wires strung high up on power poles, well away from creatures who treat them as a food source.