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(CTV News)   Birds use the posted speed limit as a guide for avoiding cars. Deer use hypnotic tactics to try to stare your car into submission   ( ctvnews.ca) divider line
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2013-08-21 12:43:10 PM  
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blatz514: Tell that to the turkey I hit a few years back.

With God as my witness, I thought turkeys knew the posted speed limit.
2013-08-21 02:03:59 PM  
2 votes:

James10952001: My guess is they learn based on how fast most of the cars are traveling rather than observing the number posted on the sign. It is a fairly basic instinct to judge the speed of a moving object and react to it with precise timing, it is a skill necessary for catching food, flying in formations and other things birds do.

The null hypothesis, that birds can't read, is probably a correct one.
2013-08-21 01:06:16 PM  
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CruJones: This assumes the average speed is the same as the posted speed limit, which in my anecdotal experience, is not the case usually.

And they never make the distinction if the drivers are African or European.

/Sorry, had to.
2013-08-21 01:40:45 PM  
1 vote:
In my experience, birds are the only animal that understand that cars can hit and kill them.
2013-08-21 01:15:38 PM  
1 vote:
I hit birds every once in awhile on my gravel road.  I feel a little bad, but I have a hard time feeling too much sympathy for an animal with the ability to fly getting hit by something that doesn't often leave the ground.
2013-08-21 01:08:31 PM  
1 vote:
Birds obey the speed limit and crap all over my car.
They're like Prius drivers of the animal kingdom.
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