Intentional Fire-Spreading by Raptors in Australia [research study]

Some birds intentionally spread fire from place to place, sometimes in cooperation with other birds, says this new study.

Intentional Fire-Spreading by ‘Firehawk’ Raptors in Northern Australia,” Mark Bonta, Robert Gosford, Dick Eussen, Nathan Ferguson, Erana Loveless, and Maxwell Witwer, Journal of Ethnobiology, vol. 37, no. 4, 2017, pp. 700-718. The authors write:

“We document Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and non-Indigenous observations of intentional fire-spreading by the fire-foraging raptors Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), and Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) in tropical Australian savannas. Observers report both solo and cooperative attempts, often successful, to spread wildfires intentionally via single-occasion or repeated transport of burning sticks in talons or beaks.”

The Register has a writeup of the study, bearing the inflammatory headline “If Australian animals don’t poison you or eat you, they’ll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE.”

(Thanks to Scott Langill for bringing this to our attention.)

6 Responses to “Intentional Fire-Spreading by Raptors in Australia [research study]”

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  2. Fall Says:

    It’s the law of nature and we can’t mess with it !

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  6. Anthony Says:

    Very interesting. I agree, humans have long interfered with nature. Too often with dire consequences. Though good results have been done also. In this case, humans should be aware of the dangers and knowing this, take responsibility and precaution only to save their own life, limb and property. Otherwise don’t settle in high risk areas or alter the area to the point of ill repair such as irrigating a desert that has been that way for a millennia or more.

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