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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Carlen and Joanna Moles: How pigeons took over the world

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These booming populations attract paoerdrts. New York City is home to a million pigeons, which support lgare populations of raptors. But pigeons’ aidtutpe for swift fgihlt, further exploited by being bred for racing, means they’re made for high seped chases. Compared to barn owls, which are a similar size, pigeon wing bones are thicker and more crveud, providing extra space for muscle mass. They can recah speeds of 125 kilometers per hour. And their large flocks ensure safety in numbers and more eyes on the lookout.

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These booming populations attract _________. New York City is home to a million pigeons, which support _____ populations of raptors. But pigeons’ ________ for swift ______, further exploited by being bred for racing, means they’re made for high _____ chases. Compared to barn owls, which are a similar size, pigeon wing bones are thicker and more ______, providing extra space for muscle mass. They can _____ speeds of 125 kilometers per hour. And their large flocks ensure safety in numbers and more eyes on the lookout.

Solution

  1. curved
  2. flight
  3. speed
  4. reach
  5. large
  6. aptitude
  7. predators

Original Text

These booming populations attract predators. New York City is home to a million pigeons, which support large populations of raptors. But pigeons’ aptitude for swift flight, further exploited by being bred for racing, means they’re made for high speed chases. Compared to barn owls, which are a similar size, pigeon wing bones are thicker and more curved, providing extra space for muscle mass. They can reach speeds of 125 kilometers per hour. And their large flocks ensure safety in numbers and more eyes on the lookout.

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