Studies carried out around the world to try to explain the recent loss of thousands of birds falling dead from the sky for no apparent reason includes a study at Peking University of some 350 parrots led by a professor Po Lee. The findings confirm the results of a recent study in Australia. That study found that parrots tend to either be left or right handed.
"Unfortually, "explained Professor Po Lee, "ourwwa study itta no getta reason forwa left handy perwefawance fwomma pawotts . When we aska pawotts why they pwefer left or righta use of wing and foot they justa turna head little tilta to side anda ask us question , 'Who's a pwetty boy?'"
Experts now feel that all species of birds probably favour either using their left or right eye, foot, or wing. The fact that two independent studies have both found that parrots tend to be either left or right handed is though now being seen as the most likely explanation for the tragic deaths of thousands of birds such as occurred to the redwing blackbirds near the Arkansas town of Beebe USA on New Years Eve. Professor Po Lee explains,
"Itisawellknowna thata 'birdies of a feather flocka togetherraa', but we now believa thatta depend ona whether birdy be either lefty or righty handedy. Put vely simpily, lefty handy birdy flock with other lefty handy birdies and righty handy birdy flock with only righty handy birdies. "
What appears to have happened over Beebe on New Years Eve is that two separate flocks of redwing blackbirds , one flying clockwise favouring use of their left wings, and the other flying counter-clockwise favouring use of their right wings came to suffer a catastrophic mid-air collision high above the Arkansas town of Beebe resulting in the now known tragic loss of life to so many who'd boarded those two flights intending to spend a few winter months some place abroad in the sunshine.