Bird Poop Mystery Debunked

Car Colors Most Targeted by Birds

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Birds brighten our lives with their song, ability to fly and bright beauty. And birds are our connection to nature.

But there are times when we connect just a little too much with our fine feathered friends.

That connection often results in a big white smudge left on our car if we park under the wrong tree.

Or even worse, on us if we’re in their direct line of fire.

I’m talking about the dreaded white smudge: bird poop.

Rock Pigeons gather under the bridge at Kent Falls State Park in Kent, CT

Bird Poop as a Good Luck Charm

There are some that believe bird poop brings good luck.

So if our avian friends poop on you, your car or your property, you may receive good luck and riches. And the more birds involved, the more prosperous you’ll be.

If you embrace bird poop in that way, congratulations, we’ve just reaffirmed your thinking and your reading is done.

If not you’re not the superstitious type and don’t feel lucky when a bird leaves a big smudge of bird droppings on your car, then read on.

A new podcast by Birdnote, a partner of the National Audubon Society, with episodes airing daily on NPR radio stations nationwide answers the question: why is most of the bird poop we see white?

According to Birdnote, birds, unlike mammals, don’t produce urine. Instead, they excrete nitrogenous wastes in the form of uric acid, which emerges as a white paste.

And uric acid doesn’t dissolve in water easily, so it sticks to your car or its windshield like blobs of white plaster.

No cars were harmed in this photograph

Car Colors Most Pooped on by Birds

If you’re looking to buy a new car, then buyer beware.

Birds do have a color preference when it comes to targeting their droppings.

A study in England found that red cars are the most likely target of bird poop, followed by blue and black.

Green cars were the least likely targeted by birds.

So be careful where you park. And if all else fails, consider buying a white car.

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