|arya||Date: Thursday, 11-February-2016, 6:23 PM | Message # 1|
|Birds of prey may deliberately spark bush fires to help them hunt |
Australian raptors can reportedly carry smouldering sticks over a distance of up to 50 metres into the dry undergrowth to make their meal times easier.
Birds of prey are thought to ignite bush fires to force their prey into the open.
At least two Australian birds, black kites and brown falcons, have been spotted picking up smouldering sticks and dropping them onto unburnt grounds to drive small animals out of the undergrowth.
The birds wait patiently for the prey to emerge and swoop in to snap up their meal once they do. However small bush fires attract the attention of many birds and the raptors often find themselves fighting for their catch.
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