Bird Brains

May. 2nd, 2011 05:30 am
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This reported by the Globe & Mail on April 28, 2011:

“City-dwelling birds have larger brains relative to their body size, according to scientists,” BBC News says. “They have found that family traits are key to identifying why certain birds thrive in European cities. ‘Urban adapters’ including tits, crows, nuthatches and wrens, all come from families of related species that have large brains compared to their bodies. Scientists suggest that larger brains make birds more adaptable to the changeable conditions of city living.” The findings, by Swedish and Swiss researchers, are published in the journal Biology Letters."

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