RAP­TOR ‘LIV­ING LARDERS’

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

It seems that Eleonora’s Fal­cons may be im­pris­on­ing small birds to serve as a liv­ing larder. The be­hav­iour has ap­par­ently been wit­nessed in Morocco, with the fal­cons pulling out the tail and flight feath­ers of war­blers and trap­ping them in rock fis­sures. Shrikes have long been known for keep­ing larders of dead an­i­mals on thorn bushes, but this is the first time sci­en­tists have recorded the be­hav­iour in­volv­ing live prey.

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