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Hunting Birds Favor Uniquely Colored Birds, Study Indicates
2012-04-16 04:12:15

Goshawks tend to focus in on pigeons with unique colors when the birds are travelling in large flocks -- a phenomenon known as the "oddity effect," according to a new study published last Thursday in the journal Current Biology. The study, which was authored by Christian Rutz of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, looked at goshawks as they preyed on feral pigeons in Hamburg, Germany, the institute reported on their website Friday. His goal was to determine whether or not the...

Image 1 - For Pigeons, Visible Traits Don't Necessarily Coincide With Genes
2012-01-20 05:37:10

[ Watch the Video ] Pigeons display spectacular variations in their feathers, feet, beaks and other physical traits, but a new University of Utah study shows that visible traits don't always coincide with genetics: A bird from one breed may have huge foot feathers, while a closely related breed does not; yet two unrelated pigeon breeds both may have large foot feathers. "Most people think of pigeons as rats of the sky, but in fact they're really incredibly diverse," says Michael...

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2011-07-05 08:29:31

New research has shown that feral, untrained pigeons can recognize individual people and are not fooled by a change of clothes. Researchers, who presented their work at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Glasgow on Sunday the 3rd of July, have shown that urban pigeons that have never been caught or handled can recognize individuals, probably by using facial characteristics. Although pigeons have shown remarkable feats of perception when given training in the lab this is...

2009-06-25 11:33:55

Using a "neurologger" specially designed to record the brain activity of pigeons in flight, researchers reporting online on June 25th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have gained new insight into what goes through the birds' minds as they fly over familiar terrain. The study is the first to simultaneously record electrical brain activity integrated with large-scale navigational movements of free-flying birds, according to the researchers."We've successfully applied...

2009-01-05 20:27:29

A councilor in England's Calderdale borough said planned pigeon awareness days is an idea that could have come straight out of a Monty Python sketch. The pigeon awareness days are part of a report to Calderdale Council's health and social care scrutiny panel that also calls for removing eggs from nests as part of an effort to rid the town of Brighouse of feral pigeons, The Daily Mail reported Monday. However, the nearly $15,000 plan was ridiculed by Councilor Paul Rogan. There is only one way...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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