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Re: Tail feathers

John Bois wrote:

> And by the way, the ability of birds like pigeons to make vertical
> escapes--made possible by the tail--gives them some immunity to predation.
> Inasmuch as they can allow predators to get closer, they can also spend
> more time foraging.

Quite true.  They can climb at about 490 feet per minute (over 8 fps
vertical) for short bursts.