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Scientists have come up with a word to describe birds stealing animal fur

Image of bird nest by Ryan Hodnett, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Some birds are well-known to grab hair from living animals for use in their nests. In fact, you can spend quite a bit of time perusing YouTube video clips of birds taking hair off the back of animals and even people. The new term for this behavior is ‘kleptotrichy’, which in Greek means “to steal hair”.

Check out this brave little titmouse stealing hair from a sleeping fox:


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