Birds of prey and Electrocution


Many birds use transmission towers as perches. This practise is extremely dangerous, especially for those birds like birds of prey that have a big wingspan: when they take off and land it is likely that the wide wingspan causes the touching of electric cables (or between cables and metallic structure of the transmission tower) causing the electrocution of the animal. In the Autonomous Province of Trento, within the species victims of the high voltage there is the Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) and the black kite (Milvus migrans), both listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive.

The study aimed at taking action to reduce the risk of electrocution of this species (Action C13 Life T.E.N. Project Demonstrative action of species preservation: protection of birds of prey from electrocution).

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