As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 11 January 2013

'Monster' bird reveals dark side

Shoebill chick is filmed attacking its younger sibling

Aggressive bullying between bizarre-looking shoebill chicks has been filmed for the first time.

The encounter was captured at Bangweulu wetlands near Kasanka, in northern Zambia, Africa.

Wildlife filmmakers were surprised to witness an older chick attacking its younger sibling while their mother was foraging away from the nest.

The birds are rare subjects for study because their swamp breeding grounds are very difficult to access.

The BBC/Discovery team's aim was to shed light on the species by documenting intimate behaviour of shoebill parents and young at the nest.

Siblicide, the phenomenon of offspring killing their siblings, is common among many larger birds.

"This behaviour had previously been recorded in shoebills (Balaeniceps rex) but we hadn't planned on seeing it," explained director Alex Lanchester, who describes the shoebill as "prehistoric-looking".

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