Pigeons Love A Friendly Face

No. You don’t say.

An article today on bbc.co.uk’s Nature News page states that pigeons are more likely to go to friendly people for food rather than those displaying aggressive tendencies:

‘The pigeons avoided the hostile feeder even when the two feeders exchanged their coats’

Wtf?

Not really news now, is it.

I presume whoever came to this conclusion hadn’t got much else on.

You can read the story here.

June 23, 2011. Uncategorized.

3 Comments

  1. Friendofpigeons replied:

    Brian, I found the article dissatisfying, as it did not give any hypothesis as to how, exactly, pigeons make the distinction between friendly and unfriendly people. If I had to guess, I’d say you feathery friends are good at reading body language, especially the language of foot and arm movements (as opposed to, let’s say, facial expressions!) Am I on the right track here?

  2. pigeonblog replied:

    Friendofpigeons: Indeed you are, although a quick glance into the eyes is always a good idea as back-up. I’ve got it wrong before, and it’s not good. Stroll over to a beckoning hand only to be swiped at at the last minute.
    Your pal
    Bri

  3. francky replied:

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