Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey

When you think of causes of fire in Australia, you might think of lightning or arsonists - but you probably don't think of birds. But at least three birds of prey species spread wildfires in Australia, according to a new paper incorporating indigenous knowledge. Penn State University geographer and lead author Mark Bonta told National Geographic, "We're not discovering anything. Most of the data that we've worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoples...They've known this for probably 40,000 years or more." [...]

Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey

In the first recorded instance of fire being used by animals other than humans, three Australian birds of prey species have been seen carrying burning twigs to set new blazes. John ...

Thu 11 Jan 18 from Cosmos Magazine

Arsonist falcons suggest birds discovered fire before humans did

Multiple eyewitness accounts describe Australian birds of prey deliberately setting wildfires by carrying burning sticks, in order to flush out prey

Fri 5 Jan 18 from Newscientist

Firehawks: In Australia, birds of prey are intentionally setting the forests on fire

There's a new arsonist in town -- one with wings instead of hands.

Thu 11 Jan 18 from ZME Science

Why These Birds Carry Flames In Their Beaks

Mon 8 Jan 18 from National Geographic

Claim: Birds of Prey Deliberately Setting Wildfires

Guest essay by Eric Worrall So much for fire control – JoNova reports that raptors have been photographed congregating on the edge of large Australian bushfires, picking up burning sticks, ...

Sat 13 Jan 18 from Watts Up With That?

Birds called 'firehawk raptors' are intentionally spreading fires in Australia

When you think of causes of fire in Australia, you might think of lightning or arsonists - but you probably don't think of birds. But at least three birds of prey species spread wildfires in ...

Wed 10 Jan 18 from Inhabitat

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