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Friday 21st November 2014
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Why do pigeons leave it late to get out the way of cars?

Question

When you drive towards pigeons, why do they leave it to the last minute before they fly away? It’s like they’re teasing you.
Jason, Bromley

Answer

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Name: Vicky, M25
Qualification: Masters in Biosystematics
Answer: Pigeons aren’t necessarily leaving it to the last minute to get out of the way. It’s just that their cognitive ability is not as good as ours is, so when the car is coming towards them, they can’t process the information fast enough. So it takes a bit of time for them to process the info before they move.

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