Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Dr. Miyoko Chu, an ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, observed the behavior of Angry Birds and other mobile game avifauna at the behest of writer Jess Zimmerman. It turns out that real birds and swine are in conflict in Hawaii and Texas as well as in Angry Birds, more than 200 million birds a year are killed by US vehicles as in Crossy Road, and birds face challenges with the man-made environment like in Flappy Bird.

Naturally Ms. Zimmerman asked Dr. Chu why chickens cross roads. Her reply:

“I assure you, ornithologists don’t know the answer to that question, any more than they know the answer to why humans spend hours getting chickens to cross the road on our phones.”


“We asked an Ornithologist to Factcheck Angry Birds — And the Results Might Surprise You,” Jess Zimmerman, Atlas Obscura


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Image (“Field Guide to Angry Birds”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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