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Wednesday 26th November 2014
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Do birds recognise human faces?

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birds flockCan garden birds distinguish between human faces? Can they recognise people?
Ruth, Crystal Palace

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** Definitive **
Name: Bob, Hampton Hill
Qualification:
Answer: I read a recent article about a Japanese student who climbed up to put small cameras into a magpie’s nest. After that, they used to recognise him and attack him every time they saw him. I also know of a dog which attacked a bird. Then, every time the crows saw the dog, it would attack just that one dog.

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