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Goshawks attack 'odd-coloured' pigeons

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Goshawks single out "odd-coloured" pigeons as prey in large flocks to enhance their chances of a successful hunt, a study has found.

Research by a University of Oxford team examined the so-called "oddity effect" that the birds of prey use to target feral pigeons in Hamburg, Germany.

Most feral pigeons are grey-blue but many flocks have a few white birds.

Hawks that master the selective attack strategy are the best breeders, the study found.

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