City Birds

City Birds

“Birds breeding in city centres, or “urban adapters” … were found to have larger brains relative to their body size.

Previous studies have highlighted the link between larger brains and behavioural innovation in birds and mammals.

Scientists say this new evidence is the first to show that brain size is a key factor for animals’ survival in urban environments.”

— “Adaptable urban birds have bigger brains,” Ella Davies, BBC Earth News


“Human Facial Expression From the Perspective of a Pigeon,” Kara Rogers, Britannica blog


Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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4 Responses to “City Birds”

  1. Dog Gone Says:

    I am something of a bio-sciences geek, so I find things like this especially interesting. London cabbies have different adaptations to their hippocampi, and of course there appear to be differences in the brains of conservatives and liberals which track with their political psychology.

    Birds and humans have some interesting factors in common in our language centers in the brain.

    Love your stuff, especially your visuals!

  2. HL Says:

    Yeah, but city pigeons are still birdbrains…

  3. Mike Licht Says:

    HL wrote: city pigeons are still birdbrains

    But birdbrains with attitude.

    I believe that is the definition of “hipster” …..

  4. Mike Licht Says:


    “Now there’s a scientific explanation for why Big Bird chooses to live in downtown Manhattan.” Sara Reardon, Science Now

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