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.

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Australian Birds "Intentionally" Light Their Prey on Fire

Some light, cheery news.

When the avian uprising inevitably occurs, humans will be wise to defect immediately to the Bird Army.

A new study suggests that certain species of birds in Australia have figured out a way to spread fires in order to terrify — and eventually eat — their prey. This terrifying strategy has been observed by aboriginal people for hundreds of years, but only recently did researchers condense these accounts — and modern interviews — into a single paper. The team’s findings were published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Ethnobiology back in November.

“This may give us cause to re-examine fire history, and the conduct of fire in this country,” co-author Robert Gosford told British newspaper The Register. “Our belief … is that it’s intentional.”

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