The Fiery Bird Catches the Worm

Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Well, not exactly the worm, more like small game. Turns out that arson is one of the preferred methods of hunting for birds of prey like hawks or falcons in Australia. There’s a six-year study out that documents these birds taking burning sticks or embers and carrying them into dry grass in order to start wildfires. Their goal is to scare small game out of the bush for more effective hunting.

Dubbed firehawks, these birds give firefighters a headache as they can carry burning material accross firebreaks. Arson in the animal kingdom… who would’ve thought. :) Also, FIREHAWKS makes for a much better team name than Power Rangers I think.