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Pigeon politics: Leaders in flight differ from bosses on ground
Among mammals, socially dominant individuals often make decisions for the whole group. (Think of your overbearing friend on a road trip who demands a stop at In-N-Out because he’s craving an animal style burger.) But among pigeons, it’s the submissive ones that often assume command when it’s time for the flock to move, according to new research.
By Brad Balukjian
July 23, 2013