Birds are beautiful creatures, with their interesting plumage, unique songs and amazing flying skills. However, when it comes to cars, birds can be a problem. Birds often climb on top of cars. They drop their white bombs on them, leaving a mess. Why do birds pour into cars? Surprisingly, they do this for a number of reasons. Let’s take a closer look, including how to stop the bombs from dropping.
Birds flock more often to cars of specific colors – due to attraction and fear
One of the main reasons why birds cry to cars is color. Believe it or not, there was a study that looked at the ways color affects how birds poop on cars. The study, conducted by Halfords, a UK car accessories retailer, found that birds flock more often to cars of specific colours:
- Red: Red-colored cars are the most common target of birds since red is the color of some ripe fruits, such as blackberries.
- blue: Birds often flock to water surfaces, so a blue car reminds them of a body of water, such as a lake or ocean.
- silver: Some birds are scared of silver colored things and when they are scared, the birds often defecate.
- Black: Black cars are usually shiny and reflective, and when they see their reflection, birds get scared and defecate.
- The White one: Some birds are attracted to shiny white cars, while others are frightened by them. Either way, the reaction may result in a drop of the white bomb.
- Green: The study, detailed by Thayer Birding and Home Ardent, surprisingly found that birds poop less on green cars. However, green cars can still be a target for birds as they are the same color as trees and other vegetation in their natural habitat.
Seeing their reflection, birds defecate in cars
As mentioned, when birds see their reflection in shiny cars, they get scared and defecate. The same result can occur when they see their reflection in the windshield, windows, and side view mirrors. Side view mirrors, in particular, are a frequent target of bird droppings. Along with a convenient place to sit, birds can clearly see their reflection in a side-view mirror.
When birds see their reflection, they often mistake it for a competing bird. Previously, we covered a hilarious story about a peacock that plagues a village in Great Britain. they are love rivals.
Birds flock to cars when they are perched on trees, wires and other elevated points
Birds seek the vantage point and protection of trees – or use them for nesting. Of course, birds poop when they get up in a tree, so a car parked under it will get most of the white bomb drops. Birds also perch on wires, light poles and on the edges of buildings, so the same goes for cars parked next to them.
Birds flock to cars to mark their territory
Like other animals, birds sometimes use droppings to mark their territory. If your car is parked in the same spot for a long period of time, then a bird may climb onto it to claim it as its own. They do this to prevent other birds from flying into your vehicle.
How to prevent birds from pooping in your car
Since a common reason why birds get on cars is the color of the vehicle, buying a car that is less prone to bird droppings is an obvious solution. Specifically, don’t drive a red car. Also, avoiding blue or shiny cars will reduce the chances of a car falling victim to white bomb drops.
However, changing the color is not a realistic option if you have already purchased the car. Also, when buying a car, very few people will choose a color based on the likelihood of birds pooping on it.
With that said, another solution is to park your car in a place that is less prone to bird droppings. This includes not parking under trees and power lines or near buildings and lamp posts. While a tree provides some shade to keep your car cooler during the hot summer months, don’t be surprised if it’s on the receiving end of bird droppings. Also, don’t leave your car parked in the same place for a long time without moving it. Otherwise, a bird will more than likely claim your car as its own and get off on it.
Deterrent to stop birds from pouring into a car
Beyond color and parking location, there are a few things you can do to deter and stop birds from landing on your car. This includes:
- Place a car cover over your vehicle.
- Cover the side view mirrors with bags and use a sunshade under the windshield so the birds don’t see their reflection.
- Place a rubber snake on the roof of your car to stop bird droppings. Snakes are natural predators of many birds, so a rubber snake should keep them away from your car. You can also use replicas of other predators, such as an owl, coyote or fox. Just remember to remove the animal copy deterrent from your car before driving.
- Got some old CDs you don’t use anymore? Give them a second life. Tie them together with a fishing line and hang them over the parking area where you usually park your car. The reflective surfaces of CDs will scare away birds.
Some people see birds pouring into cars as a sign of good luck
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Could you have ever imagined that a discussion of birds pooping on cars could go so deep? We’re not done yet. Some people see bird droppings on a car as a sign of good luck. This superstition dates back hundreds of years, when bird fleas on you or any of your belongings were seen as a sign of good luck. For some, bird droppings symbolize prosperity. The more birds that flock to your car – or on you or anything else you own – the more luck and prosperity will come your way.
Others take bird droppings further in a spiritual direction. When a bird swoops down on you or your car, some see it as a sign that the universe is noticing you—and telling you to avoid the fast lane, slow down, and reflect on your life.
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Having said all that, it’s best to do everything you can to prevent birds from pouring into your car. And if the birds get on your car, you need to clean it up as soon as possible. First, bird droppings contain disease-causing parasitic organisms. Second, bird droppings also contain uric acid, which can damage your vehicle’s paint.
However, we can’t blame the birds for pouring into our cars. They are just following their natural instincts. However, if you take some preventative action, you can still enjoy the beauty and wonder of birds – without your car falling victim to their bombs.
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