Whistling Kites

From the “Whoa! that’s cool!” files… 

Australia is home to the Whistling Kite, which is sometimes referred to as “firehawks” as they have this incredible ability of starting fires… yes fires – to drive out prey!

During the dry season, flocks of whistling kites, black kites and brown falcons hunt near bush fires, snapping up small animals flushed out by the smoke and sparks.

If a fire begins to flicker out, locals claim, some of the birds will keep it going by carrying burning sticks to new locations.

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Photo: Bob Gosford


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  1. Maggie Turk February 20, 2018 10:15 am

    That is kinda scary but I guess it comes under the heading of “The law of the jungle”

  2. Margaret Irvin February 19, 2018 5:29 pm

    Oh, dear! How long before some fool transplants Fire Kites to California, Oregon, or other potential hot spots in the world? This is not good news, but I am very grateful to know it. Thank you, Heather!

  3. Grandma February 19, 2018 12:13 pm

    Very Interesting Heather, thank you for sharing with us!
    Nature is wiser than humanity!

  4. Dorothy N February 19, 2018 10:53 am

    Very interesting article. It looks like further research is being done to document the activity of the “firebirds”. Thanks!!!