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Can Birds Tell If We Look Them in the Eye?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 12:15 PM

In humans, the eyes are said to be the ‘window to the soul’, conveying much about a person’s emotions and intentions. New research demonstrates for the first time that birds also respond to a human’s gaze.

Predators tend to look at their prey when they attack, so direct eye-gaze can predict imminent danger.


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Posted 09 September 2012 - 12:49 PM

Anyone who'se kept birds knows this.
It's also well known amongst hunters.
Even if you feed the garden birds, some don't like you looking 'directly at them' and if you want to watch you have to do it sideways.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 07:44 PM

I agree with you Atlantia, I have been feeding the garden birds here for the past four years and the only ones who will tolerate my gaze, for a while, are the sparrows. Edit.... they are cheeky little critters! :yes:

Edited by Mistydawn, 09 September 2012 - 07:45 PM.

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