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Name: sandra m winter
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Date: Around 1993

Why are birds able to land on electrical wires and not be electrocuted?

Basically because the bird does not touch two wires at the same time. When it lands on one wire, the bird is not grounded, which means that no current can flow. It is kind of like plugging a light into the wall but not turning it on. No current is flowing into the light, because the circuit is open. If, say, the bird was large enough to touch both wings to two different wires at the same time, it would be electrocuted (which is a common problem in CA. with the condors). I believe a person may be able to hang from ONE wire and not be harmed, but I would not recommend trying it!

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