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I was driving today, and what looked like a small yellow bird flew up and over my windshield. I didn't hear any impact, but I had the music turned up really loud. I have a rack on the top of my car and I am scared the bird might have hit that, maybe hit a wing or something and broken it?? I didn't turn around because I wasn't even sure if it was a bird I had seen and I didn't think I really hit it, but now I feel horrible and I should have turned back!! I was going around 80km/h, but if the bird just hit a wing or something, maybe there was something I could have done :( What generally happens to a bird with a broken wing in the wild? Will it starve to death?

About 57 million birds per year are killed on the highways so you are certainly not alone. If the bird suffered a broken bone, especially a wing, it is a goner. Birds do not do well with injuries. But you don't even know what happened, so don't fret over it.


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Roger Lederer


Any and all about WILD birds - the science of ornithology. Information about birdwatching, ecology, conservation, migration, behavior, banding, rehabilitation, feeding, songs, binoculars, identification, and careers in ornithology. No questions about pet or caged birds, please.


Have a PhD and over forty years as a professional ornithologist - research, teaching, author, speaker, webmaster of . Have written thirty scientific papers, three bird field guides, a textbook in ecology four other bird books, the latest being "Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs". Have traveled to 100 countries watching birds and have spoken to hundreds of groups about birds.

PhD in Zoology/Ornithology; Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences; former Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico

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