Over the years pigeons have received quite the rap as being gross and stupid, driven only by the quest for breadcrumbs thrown by the park’s resident pigeon lady.
Chances are that if you walked up to anyone on the street and asked them what purpose a pigeon served in the world, they’d have a hard time responding. Not only do these seemingly dim-witted animals chase you around the busy streets in search of even the tiniest scrap of food, but they sometimes leave us unwanted gifts on our car windows.
But while pigeons may be considered the annoying pests of the animal kingdom, they might not be as birdbrained as we once thought. In fact, according to a new study, these flighty critters are actually able to understand some pretty complex stuff.