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So Why Would a Pigeon Stand on One Leg (or Limp Without Hurting)?
3.W. R. Dawson and G. C. Whittow, “Regulation of body temperature,” in Sturkies' Avian Physiology, edited by G. C. Whittow (Academic Press, San Diego, 2000), pp. 343–390.
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While we still do not have a definitive answer about the reason(s) for which birds stand on one leg,1 a list of suggestions has been offered both by expert ornithologists and amateur birdwatchers. We offer a perspective grounded in statics and rotational dynamics that has not been suggested in the literature. The discussion has implications for bird study, and it can also be used as a rich context for teaching statics and dynamics topics at levels ranging from conceptual courses to advanced mechanics.
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