Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire

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Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:12:37 pm »
We've chatted about this before, but this is another (unusual) example of bird intelligence.

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It's pretty hot in Australia right now. A brutal heatwave that's incinerated temperature records threatens devastating bushfires – and to make matters worse, authorities have to contend with an ancient breed of flying arsonists that may as well be miniature dragons.

A new study incorporating traditional Indigenous Australian ecological knowledge describes the largely unknown behaviour of so-called 'firehawk raptors' – birds that intentionally spread fire by wielding burning sticks in their talons and beaks.

http://www.sciencealert.com/birds-intentionally-set-prey-ablaze-rewriting-history-fire-use-firehawk-raptors

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Re: Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 03:32:15 pm »
Perhaps it really isn't the A.I. that we need fear after all!  :o
In the world of AI, it's the thought that counts!

 


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