Bulls aren’t the only animal seeing red as an invitation to attack. Based on a new study done in Great Britain, birds seem to have a problem with the crimson color, leaving their dislike all over vehicles with the red hue. The study tallied the number of times birds pooped on approximately 1,140 vehicles across several U.K. cities and among those vehicles, it was found that 18% that were bombed with bird doo were red. Like the bull, motorists believe birds affiliate the color with danger or an attack.
However, some people are skeptical of the study. The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), despite recognizing that birds may be attracted to certain colors, simply state that cars get pooped on based on the location of where the car is parked, regardless of color. A spokesperson for BTO said, “If you park where more birds roost, then you are going to get more dropping on your vehicle.”
To avoid bird droppings, which can actually cause minor damage to a vehicle when not removed right away, it’s probably best to avoid parking lot light posts or any other typical area where birds nest. And if you do drive a red car, consider yourself a moving target, but at least a bull isn’t coming at you.