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Fishing for Pigeons

By December 9, 2012

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Birds have many natural predators - some four-legged, some winged, some two-legged - but rock pigeons in France also have a finned predator, the European catfish. According to Discover Magazine, a group of the fish in Albi have learned how to beach themselves where birds are drinking and bathing in order to snatch one and drag it into the water for a meal. While the attacks are only successfully one-quarter of the time, the unique behavior has sparked scientists' interest.

What unusual feeding or hunting behavior have you seen in birds? Share your observations in the comments!

Rock Pigeon
Photo Vibhu Prasad


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