But with the Peregrine Falcon circling around them they bunched together and coordinated and acted as one.The results are tempting researchers to suspect that in other animals, including ourselves, red's aggressive and intimidating character might also be hard-wired into brains from birth.But whether fear of red is innate or learned is an "unresolved mystery", says Robert Barton, an anthropologist at the University of Durham, UK.Sarah Pryke of Macquarie University in Sydney tested this question in Australian Gouldian finches ().One could be forgiven for thinking that the Raptors were named for a bird, but their logo clearly screams predatory dinosaur rather than bird of prey.Our final award goes to the city that has proudly named not one, not two, but three out of four sports teams for birds. It sounds like a bird watching sports nut’s paradise. If you’re more interested in college sports, Nick Lund can tell you which schools have aligned their athletic destiny with Bald Eagles, Blackbirds, Blue Hawks, Blue Hens, Blue Jays, Bluejays, Cardinals, Ducks, Duhawks (Dubuque Hawks), Eagles, Falcons, Firebirds, Gamecocks, Golden Eagles, Golden Falcons, Gulls (former nickname: Power Gulls), Harriers, Hawks, Herons, Hustlin’ Owls, Jayhawks, Kohawks, Larks, Marauding Eagles, Mountain Hawks, Nighthawks, Ospreys, Owls, Peacocks, Pelicans, Penguins, Purple Eagles, Ravens, Redbirds, Redhawks, Red Hawks, River Hawks, Roadrunners, Running Eagles, Sagehens, Scarlet Hawks, Screaming Eagles, Sea Gulls, Seahawks, Skyhawks, Soaring Eagles, Stormy Petrels, Sunbirds, Thunderbirds, Thunderhawks, V-Hawks, and Warhawks.As adults, the finches develop either red or black heads, a genetically determined trait.
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Nor can we overlook the lions and dragons of heraldry or the eagles of the Roman legions.
The emblem gives a sense of reality to an abstract concept of group membership.
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In the world of bird-related sports teams, the Baltimore Orioles stand head and shoulders above the rest.