Fattening Up PIGEONS in the Park Can Make Them More Aggressive as Heavier Birds are Dominant

Fattening Up PIGEONS in the Park Can Make Them More Aggressive as Heavier Birds are Dominant

Fattening Up PIGEONS in the Park Can Make Them More Aggressive as Heavier Birds are Dominant
Photo: The Daily Mail UK

Giving bread to the pigeons in the park could actually make them more aggressive.

According to the Daily Mail report, a new study shows heavier birds are the most dominant in pigeon groups. In addition, a light bird “fattened up” would quickly climb the ranks and become dominant.

A team from the University of London conducted a study examining dominance in pigeon society and looked at which had better access to resources such as food and mates.

The research team in a statement said the added mass made the birds feel in better physiological condition. This makes them willing to pick up a fight with other birds.

Fattening Up PIGEONS in the Park Can Make Them More Aggressive as Heavier Birds are Dominant
Photo: The Daily Mail UK

While previous studies relate linear hierarchies with body mass and size, the size of pigeons do not matter.

The bigger the bird, the more aggressive they are likely to be. The most aggressive birds tend to become the most dominant within a group.

The report further explained that many animals live and travel in groups, giving them enhanced vigilance and predator detection. Nevertheless, individual personality characteristics can lead to conflict.

Researchers explained having a dominance hierarchy reduce incidents of physical conflicts with other groups.

Reducing such events would help them to focus more on maintenance, vigilance, and foraging.

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