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.