Birds follow speed limits

Dr. Pierre Legagneux (University of Quebec in Rimouski, Canada) and Dr. Simon Ducatez (McGill University, Canada) published a new study in Biology Letters suggesting that birds judge the speed limit of cars to determine when to take flight. In areas with higher speed limits, birds were observed to take off sooner than areas with lower posted speed limits.

Birds Adapt to Posted Speed Limits by GeoBeats


  1. #1 Ana Lydia
    August 28, 2013

    I am generally interested in science that has to do with health. Your post has me thinking about the whole nature v. nurture argument. If these birds are reacting to the environment, how can we use this knowledge to predict how best to address weight issues caused by the environment. (The social environment, that is)

  2. #2 Zeeshan Amin
    September 7, 2013
    September 7, 2013

    It is said that pigeons were used for sending letters to places during ancient times, which indicates their abilities to memorise specific places. This study would help us to explore the hidden abilities of birds.