Why birds don't get shocked by high-voltage wires

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Why birds don't get shocked by high-voltage wires
Posted on: May 27, 2022, 07:38:17 AM
You have probably seen a lot of birds sitting on the electric wires, and at the same time, you have probably pondered why the birds do not get shocked by the electricity as it passes through them, right?


Our eyes have a habit of watching every single activity that is taking on around us, but our brain never has the desire to understand the logic behind any one specific event. Let's investigate what prevents bords from experiencing the effects of an electric shock.

We see a flock of birds lazily perching themselves on the power line, yet the electric current avoids touching any of them. To understand this, you must first be familiar with the law that governs the flow of electricity. Electricity may be moved from one site to another by the use of wires.

Copper is used to guaranteeing that the flow of energy is consistent and unimpeded. It is said that birds have cells and tissues in their body that provide resistance to copper wires and block the passage of electricity. This information comes from a theory.

Even after sitting on the wires, birds do not get electric shocks from them even if they are touching them. However, if the birds hit the ground at the same time as they touch the wire, this will cause a circuit to be completed, and the birds will be shocked as a consequence. The same thing takes place with human beings. Only if a person's body comes in physical touch with the earth would an electric shock be experienced. This happens as a consequence of the circuit being fully completed.


According to environmentalists, the problem has become significantly worse as a result of Kenya's efforts to modernize its electricity network. As part of these efforts, the country has replaced wooden power poles with conductive steel-reinforced concrete and strung improperly insulated power wires between the poles.

Because of this, in addition to the fact that there are no warning markings placed along the wires, Kenya's already endangered bird of prey species are in danger. Many are killed instantly by the electric shock, either by coming into direct contact with the power wires or by perching on them.
 

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