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August 21 2013

Birds are aware of speed limits on roads


Birds cannot read road signs, but they know that some roads have higher speed limits than others. They will take off further away from an approaching car on a faster road than on a slower road regardless of the speed of the car.

When Pierre Legagneux of the University of Quebec at Rimouski and Simon Ducatez of McGill University in Montreal, both in Canada, were working together in France in 2006, they began studying the birds they encountered on the drive home from the lab.

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