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Even birds have favorite car colors -- to poop on

Monday - 6/25/2012, 6:05am  ET

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Do you think these guys are just waiting for a red car to park underneath them? (Thinkstock)

WASHINGTON - When shopping for a car, most buyers ask about fuel efficiency and interest rates. But they likely aren't asking the far more important question of which color will attract the most bird poop.

Luckily, a new study from Great Britain has determined the most bird-poop-prone car color. It's red.

More than 1,100 cars were analyzed over a two-day period in five British cities, and the majority of cars getting bird-bombed were red.

Red cars (18 percent) were followed by blue cars (14 percent), black cars (11 percent), white cars (7 percent) gray or silver cars (3 percent) and green cars (1 percent).

The study, sponsored by British-based auto retailer Halfords, does not explain why birds are choosing red cars over other colors.

A spokesperson for the British Trust for Orinthology, however, tells Independent Online that car color has nothing to do with it.

Their suggestion to avoid bird poop: Don't park under a tree.

WTOP's David Burd contributed to this report. Follow David and WTOP on Twitter.

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