Why don’t the birds perching on high power electric lines do not get an electric shock?

Electric Eel Shock @ Rockit 06

What is an electric shock? It’s a a sudden discharge of electricity through a part of the body.

For a sudden discharge of electricity, the prime need is a potential difference. When the bird perches on an electric line, it is at a high potential, but it is not subjected to a high potential difference between two parts of its body and hence it does not get a shock. The entire body is raised to the same potential as that of the electric line.

So, the electric potential difference is the VILLAIN.