Why do birds sitting on a electric wire not get shock?

Asked by tanishqa.rathod | 6th Jun, 2015, 05:04: PM

Expert Answer:

 
Electric wires are at very high potential and ground is at zero potential i.e. current will flow through the wire from higher potential to lower potential. Which shows there is potential difference. So, when a bird is sitting on such a wire, its whole body is only at a higher potential. Hence,there is no potential difference occurs. Due to the absence of a lower potential, the current will not flow through them and birds sitting on a electric wire not get shock. 

Answered by Priyanka Kumbhar | 7th Jun, 2015, 06:03: PM