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Old 01-11-2018, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Australian birds have weaponized fire

Raptors, including the whistling kite, are intentionally spreading grass fires in northern Australia, a research paper argues. The reason: to flush out prey and feast

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Old 01-12-2018, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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That's interesting. It's long been known that raptors hang around the edge of grass fires to snatch up fleeing animals, but it's surprising that they're intelligent enough to learn how to deliberately spread fires for their own benefit. (I'd expect that from corvids and parrots, but raptors have until now not distinguished themselves in the avian IQ department. Just shows how hard it is to actually measure animal intelligence!)
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