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FireHawk. A Bird That Starts Fires To Draw Out Prey.


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@ 09:53 AM 06-16-2024 [emoji] FireHawk. A Bird That Starts Fires To Draw Out Prey.
 

 
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Australia on some other sh1t mayne.

For thousands of years, Australia’s Aboriginal people have sung stories about sacred “firehawks” — raptors that, according to lore, use fire to hunt and introduced fire to humans. Now, merging traditional knowledge, firefighter reports and other sources, an international research team has validated at least part of these legends. Raptor species in northern Australian savannas really do spread fire to smoke out prey.

“This behavior has been widely seen — raptors flying around fires by the thousands in some cases,” said Mark Bonta, lead author on the paper published in the Journal of Ethnobiology. “They see smoke, and they’re on their way. They’re picking up a brand repeatedly until they’re able to take a fire across a road, river or firebreak created by humans. It’s intentional, as they’re going to fires and doing this because more prey are needed.”

From 2011 to 2017, Bonta — an assistant professor of earth sciences at Pennsylvania State University — and his colleagues interviewed indigenous people, fire rangers, academics and others who had witnessed firehawks carrying fire in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. Their observations indicated black kites (Milvus migrans), whistling kites (Haliastur sphenurus) and brown falcons (Falco berigora) congregate around savanna fires, descend to seize burning sticks and transport them in their beaks or talons, either individually or in small cooperative groups. After dropping the sticks in other areas and setting the ground ablaze, these fire specialists swoop closer and grab grasshoppers and other invertebrates in midair as the prey flee the smoldering vegetation.

“Certain birds are fire followers in that they will take advantage of fires,” Bonta said. They perceive smoke and snatch the flushed-out animals. But a few raptors actively disperse flames on the landscape to obtain food. Their reliance on fire challenges the conventional notion that only human beings can wield it, he said, and it casts light on recent research suggesting birds have higher intelligence than was previously thought.

Yet this fire manipulation could put other birds on the savanna in jeopardy, Bonta said. Since European colonization, he said, cattle ranchers have suppressed fire to protect livestock, including by illegally shooting species resembling firehawks — possibly rarer birds like letter-winged kites (Elanus scriptus), square-tailed kites (Lophoictinia isura) and peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus).

For many Australians, the birds’ use of fire isn’t news. Rangers in northern Australia take these animals’ ability to perpetuate fires into account when managing fuel load in the ecosystem, Bonta said. Modern anthropological records of firehawks distributing flames to capture prey date back to 1963, Bonta said, when a book described raptors snatching brands from indigenous cooking fires and depositing them in grass up to half a kilometer away.

While tales of firehawks have a long history in Aboriginal culture, that knowledge is being lost, he said. “We’re stimulating people to say, ‘Our knowledge is valuable and needs to be rescued and published.’”

This May, he and his collaborators are returning to Australia with binoculars and high-tech cameras to discover more about its firehawks with the help of local land managers who’ll kindle controlled burns and cooking fires to attract them. Bonta intends to gather data on the prevalence of the ranch practice of killing raptors, too. The researchers are also investigating whether people have noticed raptors spreading fire in South America and Africa, and they hope to establish methods for others to study fire foraging.

“It’s a fascinating topic of inquiry,” Bonta said. “Hopefully it’ll open up a lot of people to start looking for it and inspire ornithologists to get out there.

”↪ https://wildlife.org/aust .. to-catch-prey/
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 1 month ago '04        #2
NAKHI ALLAH 
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Well that's some animal kingdom fuq boy sh1te
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 1 month ago '12        #3
daman729 
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Yooo wtf. That's some art of war tactical sh1t.

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 1 month ago '18        #4
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Yeah I can't fu#k with Australia.
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 1 month ago '15        #5
Tripsev 
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That lazy a$s mf bird, ending billions of lies because it’s not up for the hunt lol
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 1 month ago '22        #6
HIPHOPCOP  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x25
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 daman729 said
Yooo wtf. That's some art of war tactical sh1t.

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Lmao

It really is

hawk said yo pass the gasoline

But his man gave him kerosene

Hawk said fukk it ..it's flammable

My hunger is unexplainable
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 1 month ago '04        #7
NAKHI ALLAH 
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 HIPHOPCOP said
Lmao

It really is

hawk said yo pass the gasoline

But his man gave him kerosene

Hawk said fukk it ..it's flammable

My hunger is unexplainable
I visualized two of them birds chit chatting about this in looney tunes animation...

Sun you have me choking on this fine chebba chebba....

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 1 month ago '22        #8
Murderers  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x51
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 Tripsev said
That lazy a$s mf bird, ending billions of lies because it’s not up for the hunt lol
Don't humans always preach to "work smarter not harder."

Why is it a problem when the animal kingdom follows this mantra?
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 1 month ago '15        #9
Lito Guapalot  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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That bird is the arsonist of animal kingdom
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 1 month ago '04        #10
jaynat603  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 NAKHI ALLAH said
Well that's some animal kingdom fuq boy sh1te
Lol, I'm just glad the jheri curl phase completely left the neighborhoods especially if you have a few firestarting hawks flying around
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 1 month ago '19        #11
Bxswaggerjacker 
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He gonna burn down the whole jungle to eat 1 rabbit?
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 1 month ago '18        #12
Mr Tibbs 
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black what.
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 1 month ago '15        #13
EnigmaticPigeon  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Damn son. Bird like fu#k ur home, i dont give a fu#k if it burns down cuz ima eat and then fly to a new home...
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 1 month ago '16        #14
fullcircle  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x29
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 1 month ago '05        #15
jj337 
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 Bxswaggerjacker said
He gonna burn down the whole jungle to eat 1 rabbit?
He likes bbq squirrel lol
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 1 month ago '19        #16
Bxswaggerjacker 
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 jj337 said
He likes bbq squirrel lol
He seem like a smart dumb n1gga. Destroying ur food supply to eat 1 meal
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 1 month ago '15        #17
richmoneycash  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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They got Eagles that throw Goats off a cliff to eat them.



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 1 month ago '20        #18
Oldbrooklyn718 
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 BrooklynDamien said
Yeah I can't fu#k with Australia.
All i ever say about tbat place...
Too many casual menaces for me man...

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Wayyyyy too much bullsh1t going on ...

Hold up Brazil and Mexico are up there too?!?!

WELP...
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 1 month ago '20        #19
Oldbrooklyn718 
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 Bxswaggerjacker said
He seem like a smart dumb n1gga. Destroying ur food supply to eat 1 meal
n1ggas an externist😭😂🤣

 1 month ago '13        #20
Phenom354 
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Poor man's dragon
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 1 month ago '18        #21
Pastor Ra  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x60
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 1 month ago '18        #22
BlackjesuS  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Good post.
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 1 month ago '15        #23
Tobinmont  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x12
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 BrooklynDamien said
Yeah I can't fu#k with Australia.
Son. Everything out there will kill you. Still gotta get out there though.


Black Kite is a wild boy though.
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 1 month ago '15        #24
Tobinmont  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x12
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 Bxswaggerjacker said
He seem like a smart dumb n1gga. Destroying ur food supply to eat 1 meal
This nucca can fly son. He probably ain’t burning sh1t around his way.
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 1 month ago '18        #25
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 Tobinmont said
Son. Everything out there will kill you. Still gotta get out there though.


Black Kite is a wild boy though.
If I'm gonna risk it all I'm going to new Zealand. Saw some proper native girls out that way and been wanting to see what it do
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