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Are raptors in Australia intentionally spreading brush fires to smoke out prey?

Articles have been popping up with headlines like the Daily Mail's "Birds of prey are starting fires DELIBERATELY: Kites and Falcons are 'intentionally dropping smouldering twigs' to smoke out mice ...
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Eagles vs. drones: Are Dutch police training drone-hunting eagles?

In this Vice article, it is mentioned that the Dutch police are training eagles to hunt drones. In a new project to patrol the skies, the Dutch national police force has teamed up with ‘Guard from ...
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Do roosters let hens eat first?

I recently saw this Reddit comment claiming that roosters are seen as gallant because they let their hens eat first: In France, the Rooster is seen as a symbol of gallantry. This is because, (...
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Is eating rice harmful to birds?

There is an old custom to throw rice at the wedding couple when they leave the church after the ceremony. But now I have heard from several people that you should not throw rice because birds will eat ...
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Do pigeons and doves refrain from mating after their lifelong mate dies?

I just came across this quote by Jerome (I don't know in what book he originally wrote it): Even the pigeons and doves don't take another partner if their companions pass away. I don't take Jerome'...
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Is this picture showing an eagle flying upside-down genuine?

I found this picture on Facebook: It definitely doesn't come from a particularly credible source (I F***ing Love Science), but I'm curious if that picture is genuine. My mother claims that the legs,...
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Did the wild Parakeets of Austin originate as housepets?

The story is that (ref, ref): In a city known from producing fake rain (remember the sprinklers on MoPac near 35th Street?) and celebrating Spamarama, it should be no surprise that Janet Gilles can ...
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Were birds used for communication historically?

Were pigeons, ravens etc actually used to send letters?
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Is T. Rex more similar to sparrows than to stegosaurus?

From XKCD: XKCD comic 1211 claims that the anatomy of sparrows and T. Rex are more similar than those of T. rex and stegosaurus. While it looks like neither T. rex nor sparrows would be any good at ...
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Can birds scream as loud as a jet engine?

I'm moving into an apartment with my cockatoo, and in thinking about sound level I realized I've never actually seen a source for the claim I've heard quite often and passively believed myself: ...
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Do birds eat chewing gum they think is bread?

This image popped up in my facebook feed today. Roughly translated it says that chewing gum thrown on the street might be seen as pieces of bread by birds. The birds will then eat it, but it gets ...