Birds Are Getting Smarter Because of Hunting | Science News

Birds Are Getting Smarter Because of Hunting | Science News


Does shooting birds make them smarter? Welcome to strange science news. Human hunters may be making birds smarter
by inadvertently shooting those with smaller brains. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which
finds that hunting may be exerting a powerful evolutionary force on bird populations. Hunting and fishing are known to affect many
animal populations. Does the same hold true for birds that dodge
human hunters?brain sizes of 3781 birds from 197 species brought to taxidermists in Denmark
between 1960 and 2015. The birds included pheasants, partridges,
wood grouse, magpies, and hooded crows. But if a bird had a large brain relative to
its body size, the probability that it would be shot decreased nearly 30-times. If hunters are indeed making birds smarter,
what will this do long-term to bird populations and to the sport of hunting itself? Will these birds be increasingly harder to
catch, for example? And how would this affect wild predators that
live on these species? Møller predicts they’ll have a harder time
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