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Birdsbesafe® collar cover reduces bird predation by domestic cats (Felis catus)

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Catherine Pemberton, Graeme D. Ruxton

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The domestic cat (Felis catus) is one of the world’s most damaging invasive species, especially threatening to local bird populations. This study examined the efficacy of the Birdsbesafe® collar cover at reducing predation rates by household cats on avian populations. The vivid colours of the Birdsbesafe® collar cover are assumed to alert nearby birds to the cat’s presence, allowing them to escape safely. Overall, 19 cats were trialled over 8 weeks and the Birdsbesafe® collar cover resulted in a reduction of 78% in the number of birds killed. Further research is required into owner attitudes to collars in order to examine whether these collar‐based devices could be widely adopted.
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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Zoology
VolumeEarly View
Early online date8 Oct 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Oct 2019

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  • Wild birds, Pet cats, Felis catus, Bird conservation, Anti-predation device, Domestic cats, Invasive predators

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