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Rude: Kingfishers, Grebes, and Gulls Are Among the Internet's Least Popular Birds
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Rude: Kingfishers, Grebes, and Gulls Are Among the Internet's Least Popular Birds
A new analysis of Google searches suggests some pretty great species aren't getting the attention they deserve. It's time to change that.


 The past year abounded with viral internet birds: Mama Merganser adopted around 76 fluffy ducklings; Hot Duckturned New York into the city that always birds; and some polyamorous eagles have us rooting for an unconventional love story, to name a few.

 
From hit stories to hilarious memes, there's no question birds are all the rage on the internet these days. But how do you use the web to determine if a certain species is popular in the real world? That's what a pair of researchers recently sought to find out. By using Google searches for different birds as a proxy for their popularity in the real world, Cornell University researcher Alison Johnston and independent scientist Justin Schuetz ranked 621 birds according to the frequency people searched for their names. A birder taking a look at the results of the study, published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, won't be shocked by the most popular species, but they will also notice that the least-popular bird groups are some of their favorites: kingfishers, grebes, and gulls. 



 Rude: Kingfishers, Grebes, and Gulls Are Among the Internet's Least Popular Birds

Aww... :( that makes me sad.
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That's sad: I always thought kingfishers looked rather nice!

I guess I'll have to try and correct their unpopularity via my avatar :lol: .
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Who cares what the internet says? They are all awesome!
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Well, seagulls get the most attention from us Brits anyway. Because, well, they're best known for stealing our chips :lol:
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Wild turkeys are my favorite anyways.
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seagulls are natures rats with wings, have lots here tbh and they give 0 f's about taking peoples food right from them. I swear finding nemo was the best portrayal of a seagull ever. just a collective hive mind of "mines".
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Huh. Sea-birds I can understand, but kingfishers are absolutely beautiful! I can't imagine anyone hating a kingfisher!! :( 

I do find seagulls rather annoying, though. Not so much for their calls, but for the relentless way that they go about nicking food from people.
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(05-14-2019, 09:48 PM)Dust Bowl Wrote: Who cares what the internet says? They are all awesome!
Yes!!

Great Black-backed (GBB), Silver and Swallow-tailed Gulls are awesome!!
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The seagulls we get at the local town are a menace, so I get that they aren't too popular. Surprised about kingfishers, though!!
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