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Whoa! Study Finds Birds are Setting Forest Fires?!

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Whoa! Study Finds Birds are Setting Forest Fires?!

Think humans are the only ones capable of harnessing the power of fire? Think again, says one ongoing study about the curious relationship between fire and two species of raptors, as reported by Outdoor Hub.

Penn State geographer Mark Bonta and Bob Gosford, an Australian lawyer who represents the interests of aboriginal people in Australia’s Northern Territory, say they have been working with researchers on a study about whether birds have an impact on forest fires.

Specifically, they believe that the brown falcon and black kite have a particular habit of using smoking twigs to start fires on their own, which allow the birds to flush prey out of dense cover. The side effect of this strange hunting ritual is that the fire can grow and eventually consume many acres of forest.

Read the full article at Outdoor Hub

 

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