It was Charles Darwin who originally suggested that birds use their wings not only to fly but to communicate as well.

Now, approximately 150 years later, scientists have proved him right, and in the process explained why pigeons make such a racket taking off.

Research into crested pigeons found the creatures use their main flight feathers to produce a high-pitched warning sound to warn their companions as they fly away from danger.

Birds have such prominent voices, we have largely ignored their surprisingly complex instrumental sounds

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