• Pigeon De-toed

    9 days ago - By Ornithology

    A few years ago I received an email from someone in Hawaii wondering why so many pigeons on Maui were missing toes. I had no idea so I emailed the ornithologist at the University of Hawaii and she responded that with many people with long hair lying on the beaches leave bits of their tresses behind. Pigeons, with their shuffling gait, get the hairs tangled on their toes, and, unable to use their beak to remove the hairs, find them wrapping around the toes, constricting the blood flow and killing part of the toe.
    Rock Pigeon on Empire State Building
    Later I received another email with the...
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