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    [Thread split] Chickens' "image stabilising" behaviour

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    The perfect image stabiliser:



    Actually, why do birds do this? Any ideas @jigglypuff?
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    My guess would be it helps them maintain a horizon line in flight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sappho View Post
    The perfect image stabiliser:



    Actually, why do birds do this? Any ideas @jigglypuff?
    They do it for the same reason the guy strapped a camera to one's head...image stabilization. Makes it easier to spot potential food on the ground if their head isn't jerking around.
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    Sexy chickens for @jigglypuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sistamatic View Post
    They do it for the same reason the guy strapped a camera to one's head...image stabilization. Makes it easier to spot potential food on the ground if their head isn't jerking around.
    Hm... with all due respect for your scientific knowledge and superior deductive abilities, this theory does not seem plausible when one studies the movements of a walking chicken:



    The stabilisation seems to counteract vertical movement, mostly – so Hephaestus' speculation of being related to flight would make more sense.

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    But if you watch that walk in slow motion, you'll note how they throw their head forward and fix it while the body catches up. And when they spot something on the ground, their head pins in place while they get their body into place to eat it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sistamatic View Post
    They do it for the same reason the guy strapped a camera to one's head...image stabilization. Makes it easier to spot potential food on the ground if their head isn't jerking around.
    I do this when I run. Some dude in the army made a big deal about it, "Latch's head don't move when he runs!"

    ..and here I am making fun of him 25 years later.
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    Chickens don't really fly, right? And they don't have forward-facing eyes. I remember hearing that the bobbing of their heads as in the above video is done to emulate stereoscopic vision by quickly finding multiple points of view, since they can't look at something with both eyes simultaneously. I think our binocular arrangement makes it easier to see things dynamically (which is important for predators), whereas chickens have much greater peripheral vision but need to be able to look at things statically to determine things like depth. That would make image stabilization important.

    edit: science blogs are saying I'm wrong about the stereoscopic vision but that it is about image stabilization, which chickens need to do with their heads because they have mostly fixed eyes. We move our eyes to stabilize images.

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    My husband came in and busted me watching slo motion chicken videos and was all wtf?

    I explained and he responded by showing me chicken style in xingyi

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    woke up late on a sunday, spending my morning watching videos of that weird thing chickens do with their heads on intpx. not bad. XD
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