Starlings know if you are watching them

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Starlings can tell if you are watching them, according to a study that has shown for the first time that starlings respond to a human's gaze.

Could this be exploited to make a better scarecrow? "Starlings do seem to have a reasonably strong aversion to eyes, even to artificial eyes, but these birds are also very quick learners," she says.

"Previous studies have shown that starlings will learn within a matter of hours to ignore even relatively elaborate bird scarers - these devices never do what a real predator would, they don't actually chase the birds or present any other signs of danger, so the birds quickly learn to ignore them."


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Our boss was spending a small fortune on imitation owls which were supposed to keep pidgeons away. Till I ponted out one of them with about 40 flying s***e machines huddled round it. :Eeek:

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Starlings can tell if you are watching them, according to a study that has shown for the first time that starlings respond to a human's gaze.

Could this be exploited to make a better scarecrow? "Starlings do seem to have a reasonably strong aversion to eyes, even to artificial eyes, but these birds are also very quick learners," she says.

"Previous studies have shown that starlings will learn within a matter of hours to ignore even relatively elaborate bird scarers - these devices never do what a real predator would, they don't actually chase the birds or present any other signs of danger, so the birds quickly learn to ignore them."


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They scared the S++T out of this one.
 
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Me wandering round the garden clutching an air rifle works every time for starlings, magpies, pigeons, rabbits and any other unwelcome visitors come to think of it :roflmto:

Shades of "Dad's Army" in the Cotswolds.............although I have been dubbed "Elmer Fudd" by the kids! :roflmto:
 
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