Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

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

Abstract

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.