Life Lines by Dr. Dolittle

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Have you heard the one about birds starting fires?

Yes, you read that right. Ornithologists in Australia have received enough witness accounts of birds starting new fires by picking up burning twigs to believe the birds may actually be starting fires deliberately. They think these so-called ‘firehawks’ start fires to flush out prey. Yikes!

 

Categories: Comparative Physiology

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