June 11, 2013
Birds are like people. At least, when it comes to choosing a congenial urban neighbourhood to live in, we share remarkably similar tastes.
Pleasant as the leafy suburb is, it's quite hard to quantify exactly what it is we like about it. Birds don't worry about such things – they know what they like, and vote with their feet (or wings anyway). This is demonstrated by a recent study in the city of Lubbock, Texas, published in the journal Urban Ecosystems. A team from Texas Tech University took the logical step of asking the question: if birds and people like the same kinds of neighbourhoods, can we link birds directly to house prices?