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Hate These ‘Dirty’ Birds? These Startling Facts Could Change Your Mind

They're dirty and despised. That's where it usually ends - till you gain an appreciation of the many fine 'stunts' these birds are able to perform. Things like telling people apart, learning math rules, deciphering medical images, and more. No wonder they can sell for up to $300K.

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Pigeons have an undeserved reputation as dirty, loathsome “rats of the sky”
  • In reality, pigeons are remarkably smart birds. They are also powerfully built, form cooperative family units, and have an unmatched ability to find their way home
  • Studies of pigeons have also shown them to possess advanced skills previously thought to be exclusively human

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