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Why do birds stand on power lines and don't get hurt?

Matt85 · 36-40, M
Because they aren't in contact with the ground. They are not "grounded". If a person could somehow hang from one of the wires (but not both!), they would not be electrocuted either.
Because they only sit on one line and don't complete a new circuit.
ChipmunkErnie · 70-79, M
They wear little rubber booties.
To get a shock from a voltage source, you need to complete a circuit. If a bird could touch two different wires at once, or span from the wire to the ground, it would complete a circuit and get a shock.

Because there's nothing to hurt them. The wires are covered, duh.
For perching, warmth, and hunting
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