7 Birds That Eat Shiny Objects And Why? | Learn Bird Watching

Some birds are attracted to shiny objects, such as chimes, coins, jewelry.

This article discusses the subject of some birds being attracted to shiny objects and how this can be beneficial or detrimental depending on the circumstances.

Birds that have an attraction to things like jewelry and other items with reflective surfaces have done so because they are often found near food sources.

This disorder can cause irritation in the bird’s eyes which then causes them to become very attracted to shiny objects.

Many people may not know that there are certain types of birds that have a higher level of Uveitis.

Table of Contents1 Blue Jay2 American Crow3 Eurasion Magpie4 Mynah5 Western Jackdaw6 Burrowing Owl7 Satin Bowerbird

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The Blue Jay is a bird native to eastern North America.

Blue Jays are known to be attracted to shiny things.

These birds are easily attracted by reflective things like pieces of tin foil or keys of coins.

They have been seen picking at aluminum cans and even discarding car trim, not realizing that these objects are not food.

While the blue jay may seem like a nuisance to some people, it’s really just trying to find something edible.

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The American crow is a large, black bird found in North America.

The crow lives mainly on land, but will also spend time near water sources such as rivers or lakes.

This bird has a very distinct voice and they are the most common corvid in North America.

These birds are also known to live as long as 8 years!

Crows like shiny things like keys, coins, anything metallic; therefore you will often find them picking through your garbage or stealing your food.

It is not uncommon to see a crow fly down and grab something reflective off the ground, even the foil of a gum wrapper can attract their attention.

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Magpies are a black and white bird that can be found all over the world.

They are mostly known for their penchant for stealing shiny objects, but this reputation is not entirely deserved.

It is true that they sometimes take shiny things back to their nest, but it is not because they want to steal them; instead, these birds become frightened when people approach and fly away with the objects that were on the ground at the time, so that they can take them back and inspect them further.

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They can be found all over Australia and Asia, but they are not native to the continent, they were introduced there from Africa and southern Europe about 200 years ago.

These birds are very curious and are easily attracted by reflective objects.

For best results, hang reflective objects such as chimes or mirrors from branches and leave a few hanging around​​​​.

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The Western Jackdaw is an omnivorous bird that can be found throughout Europe, Western Asia and North Africa.

They are also known to mimic other birds such as crows or magpies.

Khakis are a type of crow that have been seen as thieves for centuries.

It’s not just what they steal that makes them outcasts, it’s how they do it – they swoop down on their target with speed and precision, then fly off into the distance with whatever shiny object caught their eye.​​​ Khakis are intelligent birds with strong social skills and this intelligence may be why they look for things that stand out.

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The Burrowing Owl is a type of owl native to the Americas.

Owls have special feathers on their face called ‘whiskers’ which help them locate objects.

They are often overlooked when people think of birds, but they are actually quite fascinating.

They are typically seen collecting small shiny objects from the ground to use in their nests.

They are found all over North America and can be identified by their large heads and wide yellow eyes with brown stripes running around them.

Burrowing owls love to collect shiny things for their nests such as bottle caps, pieces of glass, jewelry or anything else that easily catches the light.​​​​

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They build structures made of sticks, called arbors, and they furnish them with shiny objects, such as gum wrappers, plastic straws, pens, and whatever.

This type of bird has a unique talent for turning trash into treasure.

The males are known to spend weeks building their pergolas, decorating them with colorful items they find around the forest floor or human settlements.

This unique talent has attracted the attention of scientists for years.

It turns out that these birds have a genetic mutation that makes them more interested in shiny things than other birds!

Men see these objects as opportunities to use in mating rituals or in other behaviors that stem from an instinctive need for glamour.