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phil_d1111
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18 Jul 2011, 5:34 pm

Birds have no sense of smell

apparently



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18 Jul 2011, 5:36 pm

Do you have a link?



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18 Jul 2011, 5:36 pm

Hummingbirds don't.
I dunno about any other type of bird though.



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18 Jul 2011, 5:40 pm

iamnotaparakeet wrote:
Do you have a link?


none of them do

I don't have a link no

but can back it up if pushed



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18 Jul 2011, 6:01 pm

phil_d1111 wrote:
iamnotaparakeet wrote:
Do you have a link?


none of them do

I don't have a link no

but can back it up if pushed


Would you demonstrate the veracity of the statement by finding an internet hyperlink to a somewhat trustworthy source, like physorg, then?



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18 Jul 2011, 6:15 pm

Yet canaries favore one cake over another, though. I can't remember if it was white or chocolate.



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18 Jul 2011, 6:23 pm

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Yet canaries favore one cake over another, though. I can't remember if it was white or chocolate.


they probably favour the look of one over the other - what with not being able to smell anything



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18 Jul 2011, 7:25 pm

phil_d1111 wrote:
LiendaBalla wrote:
Yet canaries favore one cake over another, though. I can't remember if it was white or chocolate.


they probably favour the look of one over the other - what with not being able to smell anything


Yeah, my Father thinks it's because of the colors.



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19 Jul 2011, 1:34 am

phil_d1111 wrote:
Birds have no sense of smell

apparently

I'm not surprised by that considering how I haven't seen noses on birds except for the Penquin from BatMan


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19 Jul 2011, 1:37 am

nick007 wrote:
phil_d1111 wrote:
Birds have no sense of smell

apparently

I'm not surprised by that considering how I haven't seen noses on birds except for the Penquin from BatMan

they have 2 nostrils on their beaks usually.



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19 Jul 2011, 4:40 am

According to the Stanford University Birds Group:

Yes, birds do have a sense of smell.

No, the sense of smell is not very important or well-developed for birds, as they are mostly in the air or tree-tops, where the air is fresh and smells disperse rapidly. However, some birds use their sense of smell to find prey, to find their burrows, and so forth.

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http://www.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Avian_Sense.html


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19 Jul 2011, 5:47 am

What confuses me is how the animals know what to do.



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19 Jul 2011, 6:08 am

LostUndergrad9090 wrote:
What confuses me is how the animals know what to do.


You'll need to be more specific than that.

You are confused about how which animals learn to do which things?

Animals learn from their parents, or are programmed with genetic predispositions for certain behaviours. Senses are usually tuned to the needs of the species, e.g. dogs tend to have a better sense of smell than humans, as they require it more for survival.


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19 Jul 2011, 7:06 am

yeah but I don't get why. why they are what you just said. Why were they not designed differently. maybe i'm not understanding but it just doesn't make sense to me that they were designed that way. I don't really get the molecular level? of how we were designed. Why neurons do this why molecules do that. I've only studied very little of biology and body stuff. so yeah whatever, why we need proteins, why we need water. Like I get "you are what you eat" but idk confuses me.



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19 Jul 2011, 7:36 am

LostUndergrad9090 wrote:
yeah but I don't get why. why they are what you just said. Why were they not designed differently. maybe i'm not understanding but it just doesn't make sense to me that they were designed that way. I don't really get the molecular level? of how we were designed. Why neurons do this why molecules do that. I've only studied very little of biology and body stuff. so yeah whatever, why we need proteins, why we need water. Like I get "you are what you eat" but idk confuses me.


Ah, so a general understanding of nature and evolution.

I would recommend the BBC documentary "What Darwin Didn't Know" as a good introduction to evolutionary biology. It provides a lot of overall background information, and touches on some of the newer findings, though this is a constantly changing field so you'll want to find up-to-date information online as well.

You can watch the full documentary in HD on YouTube by following this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL3FFCABA2E6C32845&v=9XJIHOzmZLs&hd=1

If you watch the documentary and find it interesting, let me know and I can provide you with some further reading and watching material that might also interest you. :)


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