Cats vs Birds

House cats are one of the deadliest threats faced by wild birds around the world.

February 24, 2021

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Cats vs Birds


Join Ivan as he wades into the conservation quagmire surrounding house cats and their effects on wild birds.

First, we’ll look at the status of house cat and feral cat populations around the world. How are all these free-ranging cats affecting our wild birds? 

Many scientific studies of this issue gives us some answers. Research also provides guidance for how best to solve the problems that cats create for birds. Some approaches are more severe than others.

We’ll also go over a few ways that responsible cat owners can help protect their local birds as well as keep their kitty happy.

Links of Interest

Research Citations

Photos of some birds mentioned

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) in Iceland. Photo by Ivan Phillipsen.
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). Photo by USFWS.
Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas). More than 90% of this species breeds on one tiny island, Isla Natividad. Photo by Cato Neimoidia.


  • Arctic Tern Sounds (Xeno Canto XC432747)
  • Piping Plover Sounds (Xeno Canto XC433082)

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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