Pigeons remember the faces of the people who are nasty and who are nice, according to a French study.
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City pigeons remember who’s nasty and who feeds them, a French study finds.
Experiments in a Parisian park revealed that pigeons would ignore a patch of food around a person who had routinely harassed them in favour of dwindling seeds near a friendly feeder.
The study tried to confuse the pigeons by having the feeders swap their long, bright coats or by moving around the male and female feeders.
The pigeons weren’t fooled. After a few days, they remembered which one had been the hostile, arm-waving feeder and snubbed his or her food.
“Several studies have shown that pigeons are capable of remarkable feats of memory and discrimination of photographs of humans,” study co-author Ahmed Belguermi told the Star."
P.S.1 So now if it happens to you that a pigeon crap on you, think back in time see if you ever be unkind to them :)
P.S.2 Picture from here